Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Toccoa to Celebrate National Train Day

National Train Day in Toccoa
Toccoa, GA, May 8, 2012 - The City of Toccoa will be welcoming the Amtrak Crescent Line again this year at 6:15 a.m. on May 12. Toccoa is the only city in Georgia celebrating National Train Day according to the National Train Day website. Mayor David Austin, city officials, and citizens will welcome the train as it stops in Toccoa on its way to Atlanta.  They will then get on train and distribute information about Toccoa to the train riders.

AM630 WNEG Radio will broadcast live as the train arrives. A drawing for several prizes including round trip tickets to Atlanta, will be held at the event. Enter to win at these locations: Ionosphere Travel, WNEG Radio, and the Chamber of Commerce.  

“Not only does the National Train Day celebration help focus on the importance of the railroad to our community, it highlights the opportunities it presents today. We continue to promote Amtrak travel as a relaxing way to visit Toccoa,” states Sharon Crosby, Special Events Coordinator. Each year more than 30,000 travelers come to Toccoa on the train.

The Crescent Line travels through more states – including the District of Columbia – than any other Amtrak route.  Offering daily service, the 1,377 - mile route travels from New York’s Penn Station to the New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal in 30 hours, stopping in 33 communities along the way.


Sharon Crosby, Special Events Coordinator

Sage Market Starts This Saturday, May 12


Sage Market 2012 Season Starts May 12

TOCCOA, GA., May 8, 2012 –Saturday, May 12 will kick-off the 2012 season of Sage Market.  The market is held the second Saturday of every month from May – October, from 8 a.m. to noon in the Stephens County Market Building at 409 Broad St in downtown Toccoa.

The market provides homemade, home grown and home baked items. Every month there will be different items for sale, so shoppers are encouraged to come each month to see what is available. Each month there will be seasonal fruits and vegetables, jams and jellies, seed plants, herbs, honey, flowers, baked goods and desserts, handmade children’s clothes and accessories, as well as quilts. 

The Stephens County Farmers Market operates in conjunction with Sage Market. This market operates every Wednesday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. They are a group of local farmers committed to bringing the freshest vegetables and fruits to residents of Stephens County. By providing people access to local, fresh food they ensure healthy options for the Toccoa area.

Residents from Toccoa and Stephens County interested in selling products they have grown or made are invited to participate. Booths are available for $10 per Saturday or, if you are going to participate for three or more months, booths are only $25for the whole season. All booth rentals must be reserved through the Toccoa Main Street office by calling 706-282-3309.

Parking is available at the market, which is also located within walking distance of downtown Toccoa.

In addition to the first Sage Market on May 12, other Saturday markets will be held on June 9, July14, August 11, September 8, and October 13. All Sage Markets are open from 8 a.m. to noon. For more information contact Sharon Crosby at 706-282-3309 or see more at