Things to Do
A Year of Non-Stop Fun
Though Chattooga County is known for its slow paced lifestyle, the county is home to non-stop activities from Spring to Winter. Regardless of season, Chattooga County showcases its rich culture and history with a variety of programs for all ages. Whether its an organized sporting event or an arts and crafts festival, Chattooga County has a family-fun activity planned for you.
In the spring, Chattooga County residents and visitors alike can participate in activities like the Twisted Ankle Trail Run. The Twisted Ankle Race takes place each May at Summerville's Sloppy H. Floyd State Park. The race allows visitors and citizens alike to run in the beautiful Chattahoochee National Forest.
Paradise Garden Foundation is host to Finster Fest in May. Finster Fest is an annual art and music festival held in Dowdy Park in downtown Summerville. Information on Finster Fest can be found at www.finsterfest.com.
May is also home to the county's Relay for Life. Taking place at Dowdy Park, Relay for Life allows members of both the public and private sectors to work together to raise money for cancer research. The community also usually hosts portions of the Tour De Georgia bicycle race in the spring.
The Town of Trion is home to Memorial Day festivities each year. The track field is always scattered with American flags to remember the members of the community who have joined the military. The City of Menlo does a similar program.
Early summer also sees the annual "Down Home Farm Day" at Dowdy Park. The event, sponsored by Better Hometown, allows citizens and visitors to gather in Summerville and see the vibrant agricultural community in Chattooga County. Better Hometown also sponsors activities, arts festivals, and city beautification projects throughout Summerville.
The City of Menlo is home to the annual 4th of July parade and festival. The City of Summerville also hosts a "Celebrate Independence!" festival each July 4th. The program allows visitors to enjoy a fireworks show, cook-outs, crafts booths, and musical entertainment. Summer ends each year with the annual Summerville-Trion Optimist Club's Tennis Tournament in August. The tournament hosts play in men and women's singles, doubles, and mixed doubles for players of all abilities. The tournament is always open for people outside the county.
Summerville also plays host to "Steam Into Summerville" Railroad Days. Railroad Days allow the city to host travelers from Chattanooga, Tennessee at the Summerville Railroad Turntable. Visitors are able to enjoy the Couey House, Dowdy Park, arts and crafts booths, and all that downtown Summerville has to offer.
Fall is home to Chattooga County's Sum-Nelly Arts and Crafts Festival. Sum Nelly allows folk artists, quilters, musicians, and visitors to gather and enjoy the beautiful fall weather of Chattooga County.
Summerville's Recreation Center hosts a Haunted House in October. The Summerville-Trion Optimist Club hosts the Halloween Walk in downtown Summerville. The walk and house provide safe alternative Halloween entertainment.
November and December see the advent of holiday spirit in Chattooga County. Beginning in 2015, the Summerville Better Hometown Program brought back the Victorian Christmas Window tour originally started by the Summerville Victorian Christmas Art Guild, which was formed in 2005, to present life-size window displays for businesses in downtown Summerville.
As you can see, a year in Chattooga County is jam-packed with fun-filled family activities. From organized athletics to cultural excursions, the people of Chattooga County open their arms and their doors to you and your family. Come visit us and sit a spell, we promise you won't be disappointed.