Temperatures are dropping, leaves are falling and it’s time for one of Pierce County’s most popular events — The Pecan Festival of Georgia. The festival, organized by the Exchange Club of Blackshear, is set for 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, October 26, in Blackshear City Park.
The Pecan Fest offers something for every member of the family with carnival rides and bounce houses for children to a variety of craft and food vendors and live entertainment on the main stage all day long.
Festival activities include the Georgia Pecan Pie Contest organized by the Chamber of Commerce, and the Annual Classic Car Show. Bakers and car enthusiasts alike can enter those contests the morning of the festival or register ahead of time. Baking contestants can contact the Chamber of Commerce at 912-449-7044 to register while car owners can register online at pecanfestivalofgeorgia.webs.com.
Judging for the pie contest will begin at 10 a.m. and car show awards will be announced at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
Several acts are scheduled throughout the day including Pierce County High School Singers (Chorus), Appling Show Choir, The Blue Wave Band, The Sound of Silver, Brunswick Cloggers, Dancers on Main, Southeastern Elite Dancers, Blue Diamond Dancers, Cruisin Line Dancers, Line Dance Fever, Center Stage Dancers, Excite Twirlers, Southern Spin Pro, Momentum Athletics and more.
Every penny raised at the Pecan Festival will be invested in charitable organizations throughout the community, Exchange Club organizers say. Some of those organizations include first responders, local educational system, Special Olympics, the Food Pantry, Hospice Satilla, Magnolia House, Mattie’s Mission and the Southeast Cancer Unit.
The Blackshear Exchange Club works hard to put on the event that supports several worthy local causes, but the club is also proud of the festival’s statewide designation as “The Pecan Festival of Georgia.”
Renee Choate, Exchange Club President and Co-festival organizer, proposed the idea to the Georgia Pecan Growers Association in 2016 and discovered there was no official pecan festival site in the state. The association researched the matter further and then granted Blackshear the title.