Full slate: Fundraiser and festivals in store this weekend
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This weekend’s events will include a fundraiser for photographer Kim Bates who was seriously injured in a car accident Sept. 4. The Cherokee Photography Club will have a yard sale alongside the Downtown Canton Farmer’s Market from 8 a.m. to noon on Main Street in Cannon Park next to the Gazebo. Above: An example of Bates’ work. <br>Cherokee Tribune/Special
This weekend’s events will include a fundraiser for photographer Kim Bates who was seriously injured in a car accident Sept. 4. The Cherokee Photography Club will have a yard sale alongside the Downtown Canton Farmer’s Market from 8 a.m. to noon on Main Street in Cannon Park next to the Gazebo. Above: An example of Bates’ work.
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This weekend offers a variety of events around the county, in addition to Riverfest in Canton, one of the largest festivals annually in Cherokee County.

Riverfest is Saturday and Sunday at Boling Park in Canton. The event sponsored by the Service League of Cherokee County is in its 28th year.

This year a record number of artists and craftspeople are offering their wares at the festival, in addition to a marketplace of unique gifts and food items, a children’s area and live entertainment, as well as a feast of concession choices.

The event is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5.



Fundraiser yard sale for Kim Bates

The Cherokee Photography Club will have a yard sale Saturday as a fundraiser for Kim Bates, president of the club, and longtime resident of Canton.

The fundraiser will be held alongside the final Downtown Canton Farmers’ Market of 2012, from 8 a.m. to noon on Main Street in Cannon Park next to the gazebo.

Bates was seriously injured in an automobile accident on Sept. 4 and underwent surgery to repair internal damage caused by his seatbelt. After 13 days in the hospital, Bates is happy to be home and on the mend. Photo club members are rallying to help Bates cover medical and personal expenses.

Bates may be best known through Bates Building Materials, started by his father Bill Bates in 1981, and co-owned by Kim and his brother Toby, from 1994 until the downturned economy forced them to reorganize in 2011. He is also secretary for the executive board of the Canton Arts Center, and president of the North Georgia Camera Club Council.



The Pumpkins are coming!

Sixes United Methodist Church’s annual Pumpkin Patch opens on Saturday. Proceeds will benefit missions and outreach of the youth and children’s ministries at Sixes United Methodist Church.

The Pumpkin Patch is open on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and will continue to be open on Sundays from 12:30 to 7 p.m. and weekdays from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m.

In addition to funding activities at the church, 10 percent of profits will be donated to Cherokee MUST Ministries.

Sixes United Methodist Church is at 8385 Bells Ferry Road in Canton.



Antique Tractor Show opens fall farm days

Big Springs Farms is hosting a free Antique Tractor Show from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday to open the fall season at the farm.

Admission is free to the Tractor Show although there is a charge for some of the activities, including hay rides and a bounce house.

Visitors have the opportunity to find the perfect pumpkin, ride through fields of growing pumpkins and purchase a variety of fall decorations.

The farm also offers face painting, concessions and a chance to see farm animals. Big Springs Farms is located at 2100 Sugar Pike Road in Woodstock. Visit www.bigspringsfarm.com for more information.
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