Hogansville’s signature event, the annual Hummingbird Festival, is right around the corner. Volunteers have been busy decorating the downtown area in preparation for the free event.
Beginning Saturday, October 17, over 200 vendors will set up their booths in the downtown area, offering a wide variety of arts and crafts. Demonstrating artists will exhibit their creative processes. Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer your gardening questions as well as to sell native plants and birdbaths. A grassy area will feature children’s rides and activities.
A large food court will offer Southern favorites as well as international treats, sweets, and baked goods.
Entertainment stages adjacent to the food court will showcase a variety of musical talent, and Magic 98.1 will broadcast live from the festival on Saturday. The Corbin Jackson band will provide the music this year for the popular Saturday night street dance from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Also at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday is the opening night of the annual Halloween House of Horrors, located behind City Hall in the old Royal Theater.
And, there’s still time to buy tickets for the Hummingbird Festival Dinner & Silent Auction. The charity auction will take place at the Victoria Belle Mansion on Thursday, October 14. Dinner this year will be catered by Chef Matt Preble of Professional Touch Catering and will include two salad options, three entrees, a selection of side dishes, and an assortment of desserts. Music will be provided by Chad Goss of DJ’s Guitar Shoppe.
Festival organizers promise many new auction items this year, including framed art, pottery, unique one-of-a-kind handcrafted items, salon and spa gift baskets and gift certificates, restaurant gift certificates, wine basket, Hogansville Golf Club membership, Legacy Theatre tickets, and more. Attendees will preview auction items at a reception before the dinner, and place bids throughout the evening. A portion of the proceeds from the silent auction will benefit the Festival’s annually designated charity. Tickets for the dinner are $65 per person and can be purchased in advance from many downtown businesses. The reception starts at 6:00 p.m., with dinner at 7:00 p.m.
Now in it’s 13th year, the Hummingbird Festival is produced by the Hogansville Charitable Trust, a non-profit organization created for the purpose of renovating and preserving historic and municipal properties in and around the city. Over $100,000 in proceeds from past Festivals have been donated to the City of Hogansville for city redevelopment projects. Funds raised have been matched by federal and state grants, resulting in over $1.5 million in improvements, including new sidewalks and a walking trail near the historic water tower.