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Pen & Ink: Festival Season

Michael Davis

Michael Davis

There’s been a change in the air over the past couple of weeks, and this annual shift brings with it one of my favorite times of year — fall festival season.

Sure, summer festivals are great. There are arts festivals and music festivals and food festivals and book festivals, etc. But something about the festivals held in the fall — the arts and music and food and book festivals — makes them a bit more enjoyable, even if they’re celebrating the same things.

Fall festivals are beginning to come around again with increasing frequency and I for one intend to take advantage.

We’ve already seen the Butts County Fair come and go, bringing rides and funnel cakes and even the traditional exhibit booths. The fair also offers a chance for those with a green thumb, or a hidden painting or drawing talent, to show off a bit of their skill in horticulture and art contests.

Perhaps you recognized a few of the names on the flower entries as you walked by.

The Butts County Historical Society has also already hosted the annual Native American Festival, which allows patrons to see the native regalia and hear the music of native peoples, right in the place where some of their ancestors walked many years ago.

But these two are just the beginning of the fall festival season.

One of the biggest festivals to come to town is the youngest kid on the block: Jackson Alive-The Family Festival.

Over the past two years, this festival has grown from an idea to a reality bigger than some of its first organizers I’m sure could’ve imagined. This Oct. 6 will be the third year of the festival, which is held around the downtown square, and is sure to become a long-running Butts County tradition.

But there are also smaller celebrations that take place this time of year and that make the slow tumble into fall a time of year that leaves lasting memories.

Homecoming will soon be here. High school students, parents, siblings and supporters will all be showing their school spirit next week at Jackson High, before the football team takes on Southwest Macon High School. It wouldn’t be considered a rivalry game, per se, but that doesn’t mean the stands won’t be full, the crowd won’t be loud and the spirit won’t be high.

And let’s not forget the Jackson Halloween trick-or-treat tradition that brings throngs of costumed kids and their parents to the square, looking to show off their masks and capes and intent on sinking their fangs into some sugary snacks.

We are barely mid-way through September, but fall is definitely in the air and with it comes many of the most enjoyable times of the year. So get out your calendars, mark the dates, make as many stops as you can, and don’t let this fall season pass you by without taking a little bit of it for yourself.

Michael Davis is the managing editor of the Jackson Progress-Argus.