A city some call the “crown jewel” of Cherokee County, Ball Ground has a rich history that begins with the Cherokee tribe and winds through to present day.
Organizers with the 12th Annual Ball Ground Heritage Days festival want you to come out and celebrate the city’s history at this weekend’s event.
According to the Ball Ground Heritage Days festival website – www. ballgroundheritagedays.com - “A place called Ball Ground has been around since as early as 1750,” it says, and because of its location in the foothills the land was commonly used for Indian festivals. These “busk” festivals were highlighted by a game of stick and ball that was played with netted sticks and balls made from deer hide sewn over hard stone cushioned by deer hair. These stickball games were frequently used to settle territorial disputes and it is said that the name of Ball Ground is derived from this Native American pastime.
You can learn more about Ball Ground’s history at the Heritage Days website or at www.cityofballground.com - then you can celebrate it at this weekend’s event, hosted by the Ball Ground Business and Community Association.
The festival will be held in historic downtown Ball Ground on Saturday, May 17, kicking off with a hometown parade at 10 a.m. followed by performances by Nashville recording artist Crysta Lynn, the PowerTaps Cloggers, StageFright Band, Carpet Capital Cloggers, Daily Bread Southern Gospel Trio and County Line Baptist Church Youth Choir.
Art from local arts and crafts vendors will be on display, to include antiques, crafts, jewelry and other mediums.
Johnnie Gabriel - author and owner of Marietta's Gabriel's Restaurant - will also be signing her new cookbook "How To Cook Like A Southerner,” and the Ball Ground Historical Society will host their Heritage Exhibit. The exhibit will display vintage Ball Ground photos accompanied by model train layouts, woodcarving and wool spinning in the Historic Roberts Post Office/Masonic Lodge building.
Food vendors, including ice cream made in a hit-or-miss-engine powered churn, will also be available to festival goers.
Learn more about the Ball Ground Business Association at www.ballgroundbusinessassociation.com.