More than 20,000 people attend 48th annual Georgia Apple Festival
Thousands of people came out to the 48th annual Georgia Apple Festival in the town of Ellijay this weekend.
The Ellijay Lions Fairgrounds was packed with more than 250 vendors.
Organizers say the festival brings in thousands of dollars for the Ellijay community and that this year has had a great turn out so far.
"It was amazing how many people came-- we sold out of everything they had," said vendor Kelly Buckner.
Buckner sells apple donuts, apple bread, apple cakes, and of course regular apples.
She says this annual event is at the top of everyone's list to get to.
"Yesterday we had over 20,000 people," Buckner told Channel 3.
Individuals were coming to the festival grounds via buses.
Paige Green, the Festival's manager/Chamber president, says this is a huge moneymaker for Ellijay.
"It fills up all of our hotels--our restaurants-- our retail stores as well," said Green.
She says last year the festival made $200,000 and they expect to make even more this year.
"All of the money that we raise, all goes back into the local community through charitable donations that the lions club makes-- or it helps our local businesses and the work we do at the chamber," Green told Channel 3.
The Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds will open back up for the festival this upcoming Saturday at 9 a.m and again for one last time this year on Sunday, October 20, 2019.