Labor Day Weekend! presented by The Forum River Center: Plenty of bluegrass, baseball, barbecue and pow wow. Plus: On the water; latest CRBI water tests.

Labor Day Weekend! presented by The Forum River Center: Plenty of bluegrass, baseball, barbecue and pow wow. Plus: On the water; latest CRBI water tests.

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47 years strong, the Armuchee Bluegrass Festival returns. Details below.


The Labor Day edition: 

Today: The Armuchee Bluegrass Festival returns for Labor Day.  Sunday worship at 9:30 a.m. Details

Today-Monday: Rome Braves host Asheville in their regular-season finale. Games will be at 2 p.m. Sunday and 1 p.m. Monday. Sunday: The $50 Family Fun Day Package (over $100 value) includes 4 tickets, 4 hamburgers OR hot dogs, 4 sodas, 4 popcorns, 4 hats + free Kid Zone inflatable wristbands. Monday: Ladies’ Day and Bark in the Park at 1 p.m. with dogs admitted inside the stadium free of charge with any paid adult admission to sections 113, 115, 117 or a General Admission ticket.

Today: 30th Running Water Pow Wow, Ridge Ferry Park: Gates open Sunday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs and come enjoy a weekend of dancing, food and crafts. Tickets: $10 adults; $5 children (5-18); under 5, free.

The smoke starts rising from the Rome Civic Center on Sunday; doors open 10 a.m. Monday.

Monday: The Knights of Columbus Labor Day Barbecue returns at Rome Civic Center. Hundreds of guests have purchased virtual tons and gallons of Rome’s best barbecue, Brunswick stew and baked beans prepared with protected recipes that are more than five decades old. Doors open at 10 a.m. sharp and stay open until 2 p.m. or until sold out. Guests are welcome to dine in or carry out. Options include barbecue plates, sandwiches or bulk sales of just about everything on the menu. Also, the youth group of Saint Mary’s Catholic Church will offer baked goods for sale to cover holiday dessert needs. You can buy tickets at the door or from any member of the Knights of Columbus. For more, please call Saint Mary’s Catholic Church at 706-290-9000. Also, please see our website, or, for continuing updates.

Latest water samples from the above locations courtesy of Coosa River Basin Initiative. Click tests.

CRBI conducted bacterial water monitoring at four sites that included Euharlee Road boat ramp, Neel’s Landing off of US 411, Grizzard Park (soccer fields), and Heritage Park on Aug. 29.  The results of those monitoring efforts showed that

  • 96 cfu/100mL of E.coli were present at Euharlee Road
  • 80.9 cfu/100mL were present at Neel’s Landing (411)
  • 127.4 cfu/100mL were present at Grizzard Park
  • 125.9 cfu/100mL of E.coli were present at Heritage Park
  • 90.5 cfu/100mL of E.coli were present at Georgia 156 (Oostanaula).

This means that the amount of E.coli found at each site, with the exception of Grizzard Park, is considered safe for recreational use by the state of Georgia. The level of E.coli found at Grizzard Park is considered to pose a moderate risk of illness.

These numbers are for educational use only and do not guarantee safe conditions in the water. All river users should use common sense precautions in freshwater, especially if you have a compromised immune system (i.e do not fully submerge open wounds, clean any wounds thoroughly when you get home if you do get wet, etc.)

Note: This will be the last week of bacterial results reporting for this year.


On the rivers: Check here if you’re planning a day on the water:

Local river levels

  • Etowah River near Dixon Landing/Grizzard Park off the Bypass: Latest report
  • Oostanaula River at Turner McCall near Riverside Parkway: Latest report
    • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers information hot line: Call for the water release schedule — 706-334-7213


Saturday: Outsider Art Party featuring Pony Bradshaw at 7 p.m. at the Harbin Clinic Gallery at Makervillage. The event will feature an art auction, dinner and music with Rounder Records’ Pony Bradshaw. Cost is $40 for VIP tickets or $20 general admission. Proceeds benefit Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden Foundation. For more information or tickets, visit

Saturday: The Floyd County Democratic Party will hold its annual fundraising event, The Georgia Giants Dinner, at the Cave Spring Community Center, 10 Georgia Ave, Cave Spring. The event will begin with a social hour starting at from 6 p.m. with dinner at 7. This year’s featured speaker is Dr. Andra Gillespie, Associate Professor of Political Science at Emory University in Atlanta. She is a regular panelist on GPB’s Political Rewind and has appeared on Atlanta’s local ABC, NBC, Fox, CBS, and PBS affiliates, as well as CNN, NPR and FamilyNet. Tickets are $60 per person and are available for purchase online at The event will also feature a silent auction.

Saturday: Ray Fulcher at Brewhouse Music and Grill on Broad Street. Standing room only show begins at 9 p.m., doors open at 8 p.m. Ages 18 and up. Tickets available at

Sunday: The Highland Rivers Foundation Tennis Carnival and Ball will be at Lawrence Plantation, 127 Winding Road in Rome, from 2-5 p.m. followed by dinner at 6 p.m. Melanie Oudin, former World Junior No. 2 tennis player, will be the keynote speaker. The ball will feature two events for a day of affordable family fun that will benefit the Highland Rivers Foundation. First, a tennis carnival from 2 until 5 p.m. will include a fast-serve speed clock, cardio tennis, and USTA tennis instruction for kids and adults. Donation to attend the carnival is $25 per family. Following the carnival, there will be a ‘come as you are’ dinner, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Lawrence Plantation dining room. Catered by Provino’s, the dinner buffet will include four entrees. The dinner program will feature individuals sharing their personal recovery stories, with a keynote address by  Oudin. Donation for the dinner is $75 for two tickets. The event will also feature a silent auction with items donated by local businesses and theme baskets donated by Highland Rivers Health staff, as well as live music. Tickets for both events are available at the door the day of the event, or can be purchased online at:

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