10th Annual HemlockFest

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In 2014, HemlockFest celebrated its 10th anniversary with over 20 bands, camping, canoeing, arts and crafts, children’s activities and more in the beautiful North Georgia mountains. Hosted annually by the Lumpkin Coalition, the event is most notable for its mission, which is to increase public awareness of the danger that our Eastern and Carolina hemlock trees face from the wooly adelgid, a non-native aphid-like insect, and to provide financial support for area colleges and universities in their efforts to save the trees so vital to the region’s ecology. Local photographer Cat Edge shoots HemlockFest each year and in 2014, she paid special attention to the children attending the festival, which underscores the importance of supporting the efforts to save the hemlock trees for future generations. Enjoy Cat’s images which capture North Georgia’s breathtaking beauty and evoke the all-ages sense of togetherness that reflects this unique festival, then mark your calendars for HemlockFest 2015 – Nov. 6, 7 and 8.

Canoeing on Lake Merlin at Starbridge Sanctuary is a must Hemlockfest activity.

Canoeing on Lake Merlin at Starbridge Sanctuary is a must Hemlockfest activity.

North Georgia singer/songwriter Jason Kenney, formerly of HomeGrown Revival and The Kenney-Blackmon String Band, performs at HemlockFest.

North Georgia singer/songwriter Jason Kenney, formerly of HomeGrown Revival and The Kenney-Blackmon String Band, performs at HemlockFest.

Smokey the Bear is still around educating children about the forest.

Smokey the Bear is still around educating children about the forest.

Young Jesse Mariah Williams has been playing guitar and singing in Dahlonega since she was 12 years old.

Young Jesse Mariah Williams has been playing guitar and singing in Dahlonega since she was 12 years old.

Even hard-to-please teenagers find plenty to do and enjoy at Hemlockfest.

Even hard-to-please teenagers find plenty to do and enjoy at Hemlockfest.

Kids love to wade in Lake Merlin.

Kids love to wade in Lake Merlin.

Hemlockfest gives children an invaluable opportunity to connect with nature and learn about North Georgia's hemlock trees.

Hemlockfest gives children an invaluable opportunity to connect with nature and learn about North Georgia’s hemlock trees.

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