• Families began to flock into the Old Time Picnic around lunchtime last Saturday at Harrison Park after the sun came out.
    Families began to flock into the Old Time Picnic around lunchtime last Saturday at Harrison Park after the sun came out.
  • Rockin’ the old Pinson barn — and the crowd — at Harrison’s Park’s Old Time Picnic last Saturday were Signal 57 with members from Ellijay and Jasper. Also entertaining ing were the Fort Mountain Boys from Chatsworth.
    Rockin’ the old Pinson barn — and the crowd — at Harrison’s Park’s Old Time Picnic last Saturday were Signal 57 with members from Ellijay and Jasper. Also entertaining ing were the Fort Mountain Boys from Chatsworth.
  • Trying the sack race at the Old Time Picnic are Elijah Smith, 6, at left, and his brother, Samuel, 4, of Rocky Face.
    Trying the sack race at the Old Time Picnic are Elijah Smith, 6, at left, and his brother, Samuel, 4, of Rocky Face.
  • Ed Grant of Ellijay puts the mustard to a specialty hot dog at the Old Time Picnic last Saturday. Serving the plate with all the fixin’s is Lisa Wiggins. Behind her, Chad Reynolds and Cami Tuck get barbecue plates ready for hungry attendees at Harrison Park.
    Ed Grant of Ellijay puts the mustard to a specialty hot dog at the Old Time Picnic last Saturday. Serving the plate with all the fixin’s is Lisa Wiggins. Behind her, Chad Reynolds and Cami Tuck get barbecue plates ready for hungry attendees at Harrison Park.
  • Vincent Zilke (red shirt), Claudia Zilke and James Dean collect brightly-colored participants in the duck race at the Old Time Picnic at Harrison Park last Saturday. Dozens of festival-goers gathered on the bank of the Ellijay River to watch the fun. The grand prize duck in the fundraiser to help with park improvements was purchased on the day of the picnic by Luiz Mota, who won $250. Also helping pick up ducks were Erin O’Neill and Trace Duncan.
    Vincent Zilke (red shirt), Claudia Zilke and James Dean collect brightly-colored participants in the duck race at the Old Time Picnic at Harrison Park last Saturday. Dozens of festival-goers gathered on the bank of the Ellijay River to watch the fun. The grand prize duck in the fundraiser to help with park improvements was purchased on the day of the picnic by Luiz Mota, who won $250. Also helping pick up ducks were Erin O’Neill and Trace Duncan.

Weather affects town picnic

But more than 200 attend Harrison Park event

The possibility of predicted mid-afternoon thunderstorms that didn’t materialize until later in the day probably hurt attendance at the first Old Time Picnic at Harrison Park last Saturday.

“I was a little disappointed,” admitted event organizer and downtown merchant Steve Cortes. “The only reason it didn’t go as well as it could have is because everybody was a little bit fearful of the rain. It managed to hold off. It was funny. I was the last one to leave there Saturday because I was picking up all the trash and put the trash in bags and loaded up my truck. I went to the end of the street (McCutchen) and picked up that sign we put ‘Picnic’ on, and as soon as I closed the door, the clouds opened up and it just poured.”

Cortes estimated attendance between 200–250 people throughout the five-hour minifestival.

“I think it was a good enough first-year start to where we can do it again next year,” he said, adding he has received “a lot of comments on Facebook (Downtown Ellijay page).”

“And the people I’ve talk to said it was enjoyable, and they had a good time,” he continued. “The vendors were happy, the band (Signal 57) wrote me back and said they were happy with the turnout. We may do it again in September next year.”

Cortes said he had around 20 volunteers help with games, rock painting and gathering ducks in the Ellijay River during the duck race.

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