Ag Festival, Heritage Day and Autumn Rocks Highlight Weekend Activities in Walker County

LaFayette, GA – Autumn begins Monday, but several seasonal activities will take center stage this weekend in Walker County.  Here’s a list of some of the entertainment options hoping to attract your attention:

3rd Annual Walker County Ag Festival
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, 9/21/19
Walker County Ag Center

Blue ribbon shows, quilts, chickens, rabbits, goats, free inflatables, vendors and musical entertainment are just some of the features of this event.

Autumn Rocks Day
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, 9/21/19
Various locations in LaFayette

A multitude of festivities for the whole family highlight this event, including a golf tournament, caving course, a 5k and a 1-mile fun run, plus a tailgate party for the UGA vs Notre Dame game. The annual fly-in at the LaFayette Regional Airport will also be held in conjunction with this event.

Valley Fest 2019
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, 9/21/19
Chattanooga Valley Church of the Nazarene

This free family friendly event features art and craft vendors, games and activities for the children, food and entertainment from Barefoot Nellie & Co.

Marsh House Heritage Day
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, 9/21/19
Marsh House of LaFayette

Now at an earlier time on the calendar, Heritage Day emphasizes local history and authentic arts, crafts and skills.  There will also be a heritage bake sale featuring vintage pastries, an antique roadshow style expert who will attempt to identify your treasures and a history story corps, where writing out your favorite story could earn you a prize.

Movies in the Park
8:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. on Friday, 9/20/19
Holland-Watson Veterans Park in Chickamauga

Featuring The Grinch.

Phil’s Cruise In
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, 9/21/19
Phil’s Primetime Pizza

Phil’s will bring muscle cars, classic cars and hot rods to the streets of downtown Chickamauga.

The final weekend of September features the return of  Ironman Chattanooga, Blowing Springs Farms opens and the 3rd annual Jayhawk Festival.

Access to Fantasy Hills Subdivision will be Restricted on Wednesday, September 25th

Flintstone, GA – Access into and out of the Fantasy Hills subdivision in Walker County will be restricted on Wednesday, September 25th.

Walker County Public Works crews will be replacing a drainage culvert at the entrance to the subdivision, prompting the closure of Burnt Mill Lane at Tinker Bell Circle.

Work is scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m. and be completed by 2:30 p.m.  If the project is unable to begin on the 25th due to weather, a rain date has been scheduled for the 26th.

Tinker Bell Circle is the only entrance/exit to the Fantasy Hills subdivision, so once work begins, the road will be closed to all traffic.  As a safety precaution, Walker County Fire Rescue will station a fire truck and ambulance in the neighborhood during construction.

This work is necessary to avoid issues that arise from aging infrastructure.

Residents are encouraged to make arrangements to exit the subdivision before 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday if they need to be away from home.

Walker County forms 2020 Census Complete Count Committee

LaFayette, GA – In 2010, when the U.S. Census Bureau conducted the federally mandated population count, they found 68,756 people living in Walker County.  But it’s highly likely thousands of additional residents went uncounted.

Walker County had a 76% participation rate in the 2010 Census.  While that number sounds high, it also means nearly one-fourth of all questionnaires mailed to households were never returned.

Since every community in Georgia receives more than $2,300 per person annually in federal funding, being undercounted actually costs a community.

For the upcoming 2020 Census, Walker County formed a Complete Count Committee to help share information about changes in the census, why it’s important to Walker County and help the U.S. Census Bureau reach hard to count populations.

The following individuals accepted an invitation to serve on this committee:

  • Andy Arnold
  • Rhonda Beasley
  • Bill Breneman
  • Anissa Collins
  • Lecia Eubanks
  • Matt Harris
  • Joe Legge
  • Johnetta McSears
  • Herman Moore
  • Jim Sabourin
  • Eddie Upshaw
  • Robert Wardlaw
  • Elizabeth Wells
  • Rachel Willeford
  • Lacey Wilson

One objective of this group will be to prepare the community to take the census survey online.  Residents will receive a postcard in March explaining how to fill out the 10 question form online to get counted.

The Complete Count Committee meets for the first time later this month.

September Brings Revision to Meeting Schedule Dates

LaFayette, GA – Several adjustments and additions to the September Walker County Commissioner meeting schedule will take place in September.

Walker County Commissioner Shannon Whitfield will present the proposed fiscal 2020 budget for Walker County Government during his regular public meeting on September 12th.

A public hearing on the proposed budget will then take place on Thursday, September 19th at 6:00 p.m. at the Courthouse Annex III building.

The Commissioner’s second regularly scheduled meeting of the month has been moved to Tuesday, September 24th and will include public hearings on the McLemore Resort and requests that went before the Planning Commission.

Then on September 30th, the budget will be considered for approval at a called meeting at Noon in the Commissioner’s Office conference room, located at 101 S Duke Street in LaFayette.

A breakdown of the September meeting schedule is listed below:

  • September 12 – 6pm Regular Meeting at Courthouse Annex III*
  • September 19 – 6pm Public Hearing on fiscal 2020 budget at Courthouse Annex III
  • September 24 – 6pm Public Hearing/Regular Meeting at Courthouse Annex III (Public Hearings are on planning/zoning requests and tourism development)
  • September 30 – 12pm Called Meeting at Commissioner’s Office**
*201 S Main Street in LaFayette, GA
**101 S Duke Street in LaFayette, GA

Walker County to Hold Patriot Day Service on 9/11

LaFayette, GA – Walker County will hold a Patriot Day service to recognize and remember first responders on the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack.

The service, led by Walker County Fire Rescue, begins at 8:15 a.m. and includes the ringing of a bell at 8:46 a.m. and 9:03 a.m. to signify the moments when two hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center.

Students from LaFayette High School’s JROTC and chorus programs will be participating in the program, along with Walker County Deputy Fire Chief Nathan Farrow, Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson and LaFayette Fire Services and Emergency Management Director Stacey Meeks.  Taps will be performed by Ridgeland High School student Tyler Bailey.

Walker County Commissioner Shannon Whitfield recently signed a proclamation recognizing September 11, 2019 as Patriot Day in Walker County, encouraging citizens to observe the day with patriotism and pause for a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m.

WHAT: Patriot Day Service
WHEN: Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 8:15 a.m.
WHERE: Walker County Courthouse (103 S Duke Street, LaFayette, GA)

View last year’s ceremony:

Home Canning, Chainsaw Safety and Fire Ants Highlight UGA Extension Programs in September

Chickamauga, GA – Representatives from Walker County Extension will be back in the classroom in September sharing their knowledge on canning food, chainsaw safety and dealing with fire ants.

Rebecca Thomas, Chattooga County UGA Extension Family and Consumer Science Agent, will explore home food preservation options during a visit to the Chickamauga Library.  Thomas will cover the science behind safe canning methods, water bath canning, pressure canning as well as what foods need to be pressure canned and why.

Home Canning 101 takes place on Saturday, September 14th at 10:00 a.m.  Free dial pressure canner lid testing follows the class at 11:00 a.m. Participants should bring only the lid and weight from their own equipment.  Register for free by calling 706-638-2548.

A few days before the canning event, Walker County’s UGA Extension Agent Wade Hutcheson will offer a free chainsaw safety class.  The course will cover training for disaster recovery, tree cleanup safety, OSHA regulations, personal protective equipment, electrical hazards, hand and power tools, equipment inspection, safe carry and safe start.

The Chainsaw Safety Class will be held on September 11th from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Walker County Ag Center. Register for free by calling 706-638-2548 or click here to do it online.

If you missed the Extension Office class on fire ants back in March, get caught up on September 6th during the next All Bugs Good and Bad webinar.  Dr. Tim Davis will cover how understanding the life cycle of fire ants is the only way to choose and apply a management strategy that works.  The class will be held at the Chickamauga Library at 2:00 p.m.  Register for free by calling 706-638-2548.

There will also be a Sprayer Calibration Clinic and Regional Forage Update on September 4th at the Ag Center in Rock Spring.