Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Festival of Trees Planned for 2017 ChristmasFest

News Release

Release: Immediate

Re: 2017 Festival of Trees

Date: November 14, 2017

Contact: Sharon Crosby

2017 Festival of Trees

Tocccoa, GA – November 14, 2017 –Once again this year, Main Street Toccoa is
working together with local businesses and organizations to help non-profits through the
Festival of Trees on December 1 - 2. This event, in its 10 th year, offers opportunities to
help raise money for the non-profits and charities in the community.

Businesses, civic groups, schools, individuals, families, or non-profit organizations are
invited to decorate and display a tree. The trees will be on display Thursday, November
30 from 8 am – 5 pm in the courtroom of the historic courthouse. They will also be open
for display on December 1 from 8 am – 8 pm. Voting will take place Dec. 1, 5 – 8 pm
and Saturday, December 2 from 12 pm – 4 pm. The public will vote on their favorite
Christmas tree for one dollar a vote. All proceeds will go to a non-profit organization
which is designated by the designer. The tree with the highest amount earned will receive
the Grand Prize of $500 for the non-profit organization they represent.

Entries are still being taken. Applications can be found at www.mainstreettoccoa.com.
“This is a great way for our local businesses to show their support for those doing a
wonderful service in our community,” stated Sharon Crosby, Special Events Coordinator
for Toccoa.

For more information or for an application, please call the Main Street office at 706-282-
3309 or go to www.mainstreettoccoa.com to download an application.

Small Business Saturday Takes Place on November 25, 2017

Press Release

Contact: Christian Hamilton, Main Street Manager

Date: 11.14.17

Release: Immediate

RE: Small Business Saturday

TOCCOA, GA, November 14, 2017- Main Street Toccoa is proud to once again participate in Small Business Saturday, an annual tradition that celebrates the local brick-and-mortar stores that makes a community unique and ready to do business.

Small Business Saturday will occur on Saturday, November 25, 2017, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. As part of this event, Main Street Toccoa encourages citizens to participate by frequenting their favorite downtown merchants and vendors.

To assist, Main Street Toccoa is providing a limited number of free Ritz Theatre event vouchers to businesses that will be open on Small Business Saturday. With a purchase on this Saturday, subject to participation, customers will receive a voucher good for any upcoming Ritz Theatre event (at least a $10 value), as well as a free concession item. Vouchers are redeemable at the Ritz Theatre the day of the show and must be surrendered upon attendance. Shows are subject to availability. To confirm if a voucher may be used, contact the Main Street Office at 706.282.3232.

Main Street Toccoa is proud to support small business in the Historic Downtown District. For more information about Small Business Saturday, contact Main Street Manager Christian Hamilton at 706.898.5777 or at chamilton@cityoftoccoa.com.


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

41st Annual Harvest Festival Occurs this Weekend!

Press Release

From: Sharon Crosby, Special Events Coordinator

Release: Immediate

Date: 10.24.17

RE: 41st Annual Harvest Festival

Toccoa, GA, October 24, 2017- Toccoa’s annual Fall tradition returns this weekend to the historic downtown district. Main Street Toccoa is proud to report that the 41st annual Harvest Festival will occur on Saturday, October 28 and Sunday, October 29.

“Like last year, we plan on having over 125 craft and food vendors set up on Doyle Street from Alexander Street to Hill Street,” said Main Street Toccoa’s Special Events Coordinator, Sharon Crosby. “We’re bringing back some local favorites, but we’ll have new vendors selling all homemade and handcrafted goods and merchandise.”

The Harvest Festival will also feature two entertainment stages, one located at the intersection of Doyle Street and Sage Street, and another located at the intersection of Doyle Street and Hill Street. Returning from Totally Toccoa, Main Street Toccoa’s recent solar eclipse block party, is The Rose of New Orleans, who will be performing on the main stage downtown. Other professional and local musical acts will be performing all weekend. The event will also have numerous children’s activities available for families.

“We’re excited to bring in the Fall season with our 41st Harvest Festival,” said Crosby. “It’s such a great gathering of families, friends, and a wonderful way for the community to celebrate what makes Toccoa so unique.”

The Toccoa Harvest Festival takes place on Saturday, October 28th from 10am – 5pm and Sunday, October 29th from 10am – 4pm.

Downtown streets will close at 5pm on Friday, October 27th and will stay closed until 6pm on Sunday, October 29th. Affected Streets include Doyle Street from Hill Street to Alexander Street, Sage Street from Tugalo Street to Foreacre Street, and Pond Street from Tugalo Street to Foreacre Street. Sage Street from Tugalo Street to Rice-Lewis-Gillard Way will be closed starting Friday, October 27th at 7am.

For more information, please contact Sharon Crosby at the Main Street Office at 706.282.3309 or via email at scrosby@cityoftoccoa.com.


2017 Costume Parade

Press Release

Date: 10.23.17

Contact: Sharon Crosby, Special Events Coordinator

Release: Immediate

RE: 2017 Costume Parade

Toccoa, GA, October 23, 2017- Main Street Toccoa is proud to announce that the annual Costume Parade will once again take place in Downtown Toccoa on Tuesday, October 31, 2017.

As with past years, the Costume Parade will begin promptly at 10am. Parents are asked to have their children form two lines in the greenspace at the corner of Doyle Street and Alexander Street- those who will be participating in the costume contest and those who will be simply marching in the parade. Those with homemade costumes who would like to be judged will form the inside line. Those who would not like to be judged will form the outside line. For those wanted to be judged, parents or guardians will fill out a form with the child’s name, age, and contact information clearly marked to assist the judges. Prizes will be awarded in several categories: Children ages 2 and under, children 3 years old, and children 4 and older.

The parade is free to participate in and open to the public. Downtown businesses will be providing candy for those participating. The route of the parade will follow Doyle Street through the center of Downtown. At the corner of Doyle Street and Sage Street, the route will follow Sage Street, cross to its other side, and continue down Doyle Street to Family Eye Care. The route will then follow Doyle Street back to the corner of Doyle Street and Sage Street. The parade will be over at approximately 11:30am, with prizes awarded. Refreshments will be served to the children following the conclusion of the parade.

For more information about the 27th annual Costume Parade, please contact Sharon Crosby at the Main Street Office at 706.282.3309 or via email at scrosby@cityoftoccoa.com.


Monday, October 23, 2017

2017 Harvest Festival

Press Release

Contact: Sharon Crosby, Special Events Coordinator

Date: 10.17.17

Release: Immediate

RE: 41st Annual Harvest Festival Returns to Toccoa

October 17, 2017, Toccoa GA- Main Street Toccoa is proud to announce that the Harvest Festival returns for its 41st year on Saturday, October 28th and Sunday October 29th. This annual event returns with a bang this year, featuring even more vendors and entertainment options than years past.
“We’re proud to announce that this year’s festival will have over 150 vendors,” said Main Street Special Events Coordinator Sharon Crosby. “These vendors will be selling an eclectic mix of homemade and handcrafted crafts, products, and food items that are sure to be a hit for all attendees.”

In addition to the craft and food vendors, the 41st Annual Harvest Festival will feature entertainment options, ranging from two music stages to a children’s “choo choo” train. Families will even be able to climb a large rock wall in Downtown Toccoa! The primary entertainment stage, featured at the intersection of Doyle and Sage Streets, will be a covered stage and will promote several professional music groups. The second stage, located at the end of Downtown near Regions Bank, will feature Toccoa’s numerous local talents. Come out and support Toccoa’s musicians.

The Harvest Festival is an annual tradition that not only ushers in the cooler weather of the Fall season, but more importantly, brings together families in Toccoa for an exciting and family-friendly event that has been successfully held for the last 41 years of Toccoa’s history.

But the Harvest Festival is not the final event of October. On October 31st, the annual Children’s Costume Parade occurs in Downtown Toccoa. This fun event features a costume contest and all the candy from downtown businesses that children can fit inside a plastic pumpkin!

Main Street Toccoa looks forward to a fun and safe Harvest Festival and Costume Parade. For more information, please contact Sharon Crosby at the Main Street office at 706.282.3309.