Friday, January 26, 2024

Blue Ridge Trout Fest 2019

For the last several years the city of Blue Ridge, Georgia has hosted the Blue Ridge Trout Fest & Outdoor Adventures Festival in the parks between East and West Main Streets in the historic downtown.  Unfortunately, due to the current international health crisis, the 2020 Trout Fest had to be canceled.  As the date approaches that the event was supposed to occur on this year, I thought it would be a good time to finally get around to doing a larger write up of last year's affair.  If you follow The Suburban Angler on the various social media outlets, or if you follow the quick Odds 'n Ends posts on, you've likely seen some of these photos, but I'll add a few extras and elaborate on the event here.  

On the Thursday before the show I pulled the Wolf Pup up to Vogel State Park outside of Blairsville.  Vogel is Georgia's second oldest state park, built in 1931 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, several original buildings still remain in the park.  There were some renovations going on in the park while I was visiting, with some new bath houses under construction.  Vogel has 90 tent, trailer and rv sites as well as 18 walk-in sites and a Pioneer Campground area.  There's lots of opportunity to enjoy the outdoors while there, the park has around 18 miles of hiking trails, access to several streams and a 22 acre lake that is regularly stocked with trout!  
All of the RV sites at Vogel are electric and water only (there's a dump station on the way out), but they seem to be fairly spacious and private for the most part.  I guess I wasn't paying attention when I made my reservation, the site that I rented for the weekend ended up being a "buddy" site, meaning that two camp sites share one driveway.  Luckily, the folks in the adjacent site were very friendly (and quiet) and even came out to help guide me as I backed the Pup into the site.  
Vogel State Park makes a fantastic base for whatever activities you have planned in the north Georgia mountains, and was only just over a 30-minute (very scenic!!!) drive in to Blue Ridge.

Another great camping spot! This time with a trout stream running behind it!!

The festival tends to be divided up into 4 areas, a typical small town street festival with insurance agents, air conditioner companies, local stores and artisans showing and selling their creations; a children's play area with various amusements; a large food truck corral; and the flyfishing and outdoors area showcasing the region's outfitters, guides, clubs and seminar tents. 

Hanging out at the Alpharetta Outfitters booth at the Blue Ridge Trout Fest!! Stop by and see us!

The folks from Unicoi Outfitters are here in Blue Ridge today selling a few hats and talking all things flyfishing in North Georgia! These are the folks to see for a guided shoal bass trip!

It's a gorgeous day to buy a new Vibe Kayak or a Riverquiver!

Smokey's watching! The US Forest Service, Chattahoochee National Forest and the Georgia Forestry Commision were on hand with lots of activity books and stickers for the children, along with a giant, inflatable Smokey Bear! I've been a fan of Smokey's all my life!

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