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October Festivals in Central Georgia

October Festivals in Central Georgia

USA TODAY

Middle Georgia -- sometimes referred to as Central Georgia or the Heart of Georgia -- is home to several bustling small cities, including Macon, a cultural and educational center for the region; Milledgeville, a former state capital; and Warner Robins, the metropolitan area around Robins Air Force Base. Though many of the cities in this area have festivals throughout the year -- including Dublin's St. Patrick's Day celebration and Forsyth's March Forsythia Festival -- the region's mild autumn weather in Middle Georgia makes October a popular time for festivals.

Near Macon

In late October, the Riverside Cemetery conservation group hosts a spooky evening celebration. Tour the pre-Civil War cemetery, where you'll run into the spirits of notable folks from Macon's past, including escaped slaves-turned-celebrities and Southern belles with nerves of steel. Unlike most festivals, the aptly named Spirits in October celebration requires you to sign up in advance to participate, because only a limited number of participates can join each walking tour. Tours take place every half-hour between 6 and 10 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, and the event usually takes place the weekend before Halloween.

Near Perry

Check out Georgia arts and crafts, ranging from word carvings to cornshuck weaving to pottery, and tap your feet to Appalachian music and gospel singalongs at the Mossy Creek Barnyard Festival. This semi-annual celebration devoted to old-fashioned skills takes place in March and October just north of Perry. In addition to music and crafts, you'll find demonstrations of vintage skills, such as tatting lace and braiding bullwhips, as well as hayrides, storytelling and special performances. Though kids are encouraged to join the festivities, pets aren't allowed, so plan accordingly.

Near Milledgeville

You'll find local and national bands, plenty of kids activities, live stage shows and arts and crafts at the annual Deep Roots Festival in Milledgeville. The festival takes place every year in late October. One of the biggest attractions at the festival is the People's Choice BBQ Championship, where festival attendees can sample and cast their vote for the festival's best pulled pork. The festival also hosts several other contests, and there are prizes for photography, crafts, cooking and more.

Near Eatonton

In Eatonton, the Briar Patch Arts Festival is an October highlight. The festival, which started in 2010, gets its name from the works of Joel Chandler Harris, who was born in Eatonton, and features work by local artists and craftspeople. Bands set up on live music stages throughout the festival, so you can check out local music while you browse the offerings at the booths.

Treat Yourself and the Children's Miracle Network

Treat Yourself and the Children's Miracle Network

When you treat yourself to a Dairy Queen blizzard this Thursday, you're also treating the Children's Miracle Network.

Thursday marks Miracle Treat Day, a day where at least a dollar from every blizzard will go to Children's Miracle Network, according to a release.

Last year nationwide and in Canada, the fundraiser brought almost $5 million to Children's Miracle Network hospitals.

The Children's Hospital of the Medical Center of Central Georgia is a member of the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

Pre-K Openings at Kings Chapel and Lindsey Elementary

Pre-K Openings at Kings Chapel and Lindsey Elementary

HOUSTON COUNTY, GA – Kings Chapel and Lindsey Elementary Schools have openings for Pre-Kindergarten students.  The positions will be filled out of zone on a first-come, first-served basis for those not already enrolled in a Bright from the Start Pre-K program. 

Kings Chapel has five openings, and Lindsey has 15.   

Pre-K students must be four years old on or before September 1.  Only a parent or legal guardian may register a child.  Registration is at the Central Registration office, which is open 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Pre-K registration requires the following items:

House Votes to Block DoD Furloughs Starting Oct. 1

House Votes to Block DoD Furloughs Starting Oct. 1

Air Force Times, by Rick Maze
 

Volunteer Tour Guide Donates Over 680 Hours to Museum

Volunteer Tour Guide Donates Over 680 Hours to Museum

Jim Flaviani, (with red vest) Volunteer Tour Guide at the Museum of Aviation, talks about the A-10 Thunderbolt II fighter to a group of summer “Sky Camp” students from Middle Georgia State College's aviation campus in Eastman, Georgia.  

Flaviani, has devoted 680 hours to the Museum tour program in the last two and half years.

He spent over 35 years as an aviation instructor with the U.S. Air Force and 20 years as a volunteer with the Houston County Fire Department.

JSTARS Software Workload to Surge by 2016

JSTARS Software Workload to Surge by 2016

By Jenny Gordon
Public Affairs 

Meet the Staff: Intern Emma Hagen

Meet the Staff: Intern Emma Hagen

Give the Museum of Aviation's summer intern, Emma Hagen, a warm welcome! She'll be managing their social media for the summer!

Where are you originally from/What do you consider your hometown: My parents are from Maryland, and I currently live in Baltimore (I am visiting GA for the summer), but I have moved about 12 times. The longest place I have ever lived was in Belgium.