A one-day Briar Patch Music Festival holiday event will be held Friday at the festival’s grounds in Damascus. Five bands will perform at the post-Thanksgiving fest. (Special illustration)
DAMASCUS — Folks who crave instant return on their good works — with a heaping helping of fun thrown in — will be in their element Friday at the special one-day fall Briar Patch Festival here.
The popular springtime festival is being revived for the fall as a holiday treat for Southwest Georgians heading over the Flint River and through the woods to grandma’s house for the holidays. In addition to enjoying music by the Evergreen Family Band, Wainwright Applegate, the Pinebox Dwellers, the Tony Brook Band and Evan Barber & the Dead Gamblers, attendees who bring along canned food items to donate to the hungry will get free “Feelin’ Patchy” stickers.
“A lot of people who enjoy the Briar Patch Festival have brought it up to us that they’d like to do something in the fall, especially folks from here who are coming home for the holidays,” festival organizer Jeb Tabb said. “A lot of people from our area come home for the holidays, so we figured we’d give folks something to do and combine it with a food drive to help the hungry.
“We encourage everyone to bring some canned goods for our food drive. We’ll deliver the food to churches and other organizations in our area that help feed the hungry during the holidays.”
The Briar Patch fest has become a late-spring tradition in Damascus, although it started as a Christmastime event.
“Yeah, the first festival we had was a disaster,” Tabb said. “We had it over the weekend, and it was hot and rainy on Friday and then cold and windy on Saturday. But the long-term weather forecast is looking good for Friday, so we’re keeping our fingers crossed.”
Tickets for the one-day festival, which kicks off at 5 p.m., are $20 and will be available at the gate. Primitive camping at the festival grounds, which are located at 13810 Five Bridges Road, is free.