The Pine Tree Festival & Southeast Timber EXPO is held each year to celebrated the impact of the timber industry on this area's economy. It is held the 1st weekend in May each year.
Organized in 1946 by the Swainsboro Kiwanis Club, the Pine Tree Festival is a two-week event paying tribute to this area's vast forestry resources. Highlights of the event have included lumberjack shows, beauty contests, auto races, golf tournament, live history reenactment, arts & crafts, wildlife exhibits, forestry exhibits, antique cars & trucks, helicopter rides, entertainment and much more.
On Saturday, the first weekend in May, a huge parade is planned for the downtown area with floats, bands, beauty queens, dignitaries and Shriners. After the parade, the festivities continue in downtown Swainsboro until 5:00 pm. For more information and a schedule of events visit the official Pine Tree Festival & Southeast Timber website at www.pinetreefestival.org
The City of Garfield Wash Pot Festival is held the third weekend in May each year as a joint project of the Garfield Volunteer Fire Department and the Garfield Masonic Lodge. The celebration centers around delicious foods cooked over open flames, many in authentic wash pots. Be sure to try sweet potatoes boiled in pine resin--you'll never eat a better sweet potato. Other favorites are fried chicken, barbecue, Brunswick stew, lacy corn bread, chicken & dumplings, creamed corn, butterbeans and much more. A parade, arts & crafts, local dancers and musicians, antique cars and antique tractors are featured during the event. For more information call Garfield City Hall at 478-763-3264.
Starting at "dark-thirty," the Billy C. Carmichael Complex located on McLeod Bridge Road in Swainsboro, is the setting for this traditional firework display celebrating our nation's birthday. Sponsored by the Swainsboro Jaycees, the event is great for lawn chairs and a picnic.