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Today-Sept. 15: Northwest Georgia Regional Fair, 1060 Liberty Road, Calhoun. This old-fashioned fair includes agricultural and livestock exhibits, 4-H and FFA exhibits, food, clowns, puppets, rides and nightly entertainment. A parade is held the first Saturday of the fair in Downtown Calhoun. Fair gates open at 5 p.m. Monday – Friday and 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sunday. Admission is $5 for 5 years and older and free for children under 5. Unlimited ride armbands are $20 Monday-Friday and $25 Saturdays and Sunday.
Preview of next weekend, September 13-16:
Rome Balloon Festival at Richard B. Russell airport on Friday and Saturday. Over 20 hot air balloons including special shape balloons like the Purple People Eater, Tom and Jerry, Pepe Le Pew, Tweety Bird, Sylvester and more. There will also be a craft fair and festival food. Festival hours are 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. both days, gates open early at 1 p.m. Balloons should be in the air around 7 p.m. both nights and 7 a.m. Saturday. Balloon glow at 8 p.m. both nights. Hot air tethered balloon rides available for $20. Children 2 and under free. Tickets $7 in advance or $10 at gate. Schedule and Tickets
The Cartersville Fall Pub Crawl begins on Friday at 5 p.m. and runs until Saturday at the close of restaurant hours. The price of a ticket is $35 and includes a silicone pint glass, downtown Cartersville branded bottle opener, a punch card, and a beer from each participating location. The fall 2018 Pub Crawl locations are The City Cellar, Cohutta Fishing Co., The Local Bar and Grill, Maine Street Coastal Cuisine, Table 20, Mellow Mushroom, and Jefferson’s.
The 32nd Annual Roman Rumble 5K/Health Walk set for Ridge Ferry Park, benefiting Harbor House. Preregistration starts at 7:30 a.m. and the race at 8 a.m. The walk starts a few minutes later. Pre-race packet pick up available on Friday Sept. 14 from 4:30-6 p.m. at Pro-Performance, 314 E. First Ave. No public roads. Out and back course follows a scenic paved path along the Oostanaula River. Mostly flat with some rolling hills. Race will be held rain or shine. Bicycles, skateboards, baby joggers or strollers, roller skates or inline skates and other wheeled conveyances, radio headsets and animals are not permitted because of insurance considerations.For more: Roman Rumble.
Downtown Cartersville’s last Music by the Tracks summer concert is Saturday from 7-9 p.m. The Big Band Contractors will be performing with a “20 piece traditional Big Band extravaganza” to end the summer on a good note. To find out more about the band, you can visit their website at http://www.bigbandcontractors.com/. The Music by the Tracks concert series will take place in historic downtown Cartersville at the stage next to the old train depot. These concerts are free of charge and are great for the entire family!
Arts Festival at Rose Lawn will celebrate its 43rd year this Saturday and Sunday. Visitors can be assured that both honor and tradition holds true with many new artists and entertainers to be discovered. The festival will be held from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. that Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday on the grounds of Rose Lawn Museum in Cartersville. The juried festival will have 150 artists and food vendors selected from across the southeast. Hosted by Bartow County Government, the Arts Festival at Rose Lawn is open free of charge. Museum tours are $7 per person. Rose Lawn is at 224 W. Cherokee Ave. in downtown Cartersville. Free shuttle service is available from parking areas at the Frank Moore Building on Cherokee Avenue, and from the School Street parking area adjacent to the Bartow County Library.
Puppy Plunge at the Northside Swim Center from 1-5 p.m. on Sunday. We will be having a DJ, Doggy Demos, and more. Snickers the Tracking Dog will make an appearance. Proceeds to benefit the Floyd County Sheriff K9-Unit and the Rome-Floyd County Special Olympics. Schedule: 1-2 p.m.: Small/Medium Dog Swim (49 lbs and below); 2- 3:30 p.m.: Doggy Demos; and 3:30-4:30 p.m.: Large Dog Swim (50 lbs and above). Tickets are $15 and include a T-shirt and doggy bags. All dog must be current on vaccinations.
LOCAL RIVER LEVELS: If you’re on the water this weekend …
Etowah River near Dixon Landing/Grizzard Park off the Bypass: Latest report
Oostanaula River at Turner McCall near Riverside Parkway: Latest report