The Old Fayette County Courthouse nestled in the middle of Historic Downtown Fayetteville may look peaceful and quiet on the outside, but especially this time of year, it is bustling with planning activity on the inside.
The first floor of Georgia’s oldest existing courthouse is home to Main Street Fayetteville, which, among other duties, plans and manages most official City events. Main Street staff organized the annual Fayette Idol event on Sept. 29 at Zac Brown’s Southern Ground Amphitheater (owned and operated by the City of Fayetteville), and now they are busy putting the pieces together for The Great Pumpkin Festival scheduled for Oct. 26-27 on the Courthouse Square. Along with that, Main Street staff and volunteers are also working on movie nights, the annual Veterans Day Parade and the increasingly popular “Christmas on Main Street”, which includes its own parade among other festivities.
The Great Pumpkin Festival
It started decades ago with a courthouse lawn full of pumpkins decorated by local elementary school children, and it was simply called “The Pumpkin Walk”, but now “The Great Pumpkin Festival” is a two-day event. It still starts on the Friday before Halloween, this year Oct. 26, with the static parade of perfectly-placed pumpkins, but now it is followed by a free movie that night and a Main Street Market with trick-or-treating around the Courthouse Square the next day. The movie, “Hocus Pocus”, will start at sundown on the Old Courthouse Lawn. Main Street Market will run 10-5 on that Saturday, Oct. 27, also on the Old Courthouse Lawn. Trick-or-Treat on Main Street takes place in connection with the market event, and it includes traditional candy collecting as well as a fun costume contest.
Veterans Day Parade
Nearby Peachtree City for years has been known as the place to go for a great parade while Fayetteville had none, but Fayetteville has picked up the pace over time and now hosts three: the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade, the Veterans Day Parade, and the Christmas Parade. This year’s Veterans Day Parade will once again be organized in coordination with the local Helen K. Denton Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 3650, and it is scheduled to commence on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 10 a.m.
Christmas Movie Night
Throughout the year, Main Street Fayetteville hosts free movie nights on the Old Courthouse Lawn, and the Christmas event is always particularly special. This year, the Free Movie under Stars series concludes with a showing of “Prancer” on Friday evening, Nov. 16. Guests bring their own chairs and blankets, and they enjoy bringing their own picnics or picking something up from the many restaurants located in the Historic Downtown District.
Christmas on Main Street
The crowning event on the Main Street Fayetteville calendar this year takes place on Saturday, Dec. 1. Christmas on Main Street begins with a twilight holiday parade that features a little bit of everything. It concludes at Stonewall Village across the street from the Old Fayette County Courthouse, and then comes the musical entertainment, the visits with Santa Claus, warm treats, and the lighting of the Christmas tree.
To stay up-to-date with these remaining 2018 events, and to be among the first to get the 2019 Main Street Fayetteville Events Calendar, be sure to sign up for the City of Fayetteville’s E-Mail Updates by visiting fayetteville-ga.gov/EmailUpdates. Events are also posted on the City’s website and social media channels.
If you are interested in volunteering for any of these events, contact Joyce Waits at 770-719-4173.