Don’t miss Big Canoe’s annual Oktoberfest!

Be ready to polka and purchase on October 14

By Kim Cooper
Photo by Tim Moran

Pull out your lederhosen and beer steins for the annual Big Canoe Oktoberfest Art & Crafts Show set for Saturday, October 14 at the Wildcat Recreation Area. Big Canoe Property Owners and their guest should plan to arrive early. Gates open at 10:00 a.m. for guests to discover over 50 art and crafts vendors.

The Clubhouse at Lake Sconti will provide German staples along with a few American dishes for those less adventurous. Are you looking for der biergarten? The beer wagon will be ready to serve guests at 10:00 a.m.

Remember, food and beverage vendors utilize a ticket system for purchases. Tickets are sold prior to the event at Canoe Lodge or Fitness Center beginning Monday, October 9. You can also purchase tickets at Oktoberfest under the Ticket Tent. Acquiring tickets early will free up your time and allow for more enjoyment of the day’s activities.

Come early. Stay late. Oktoberfest runs until 5:00 p.m. so patrons can delight in the German Oompah band, The Georgia Polka Connection, well into the late afternoon. For those youngsters under 21, Big Canoe Realty has generously sponsored the “Kids Corner” with a 30-foot inflatable obstacle course.

What would an Oktoberfest event be without lederhosen and dirndl dresses? Don your best costume for a chance to win $50 gift card. Judging will occur throughout the day with the winners announced at 2:00 p.m. As the reigning champion, Eberhard Knoll needs solid competition from his neighbors.

Parking is limited at the Wildcat Recreation Area. Therefore, shuttle buses will transport guests from the Big Canoe Chapel Lower Parking Lot. Shuttles will run from 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. If needed, handicap parking will be available at the Wildcat Recreation area.

Volunteers are always needed to drive a successful event. If you would like to assist, please contact Kim Cooper at (706) 268-3326 or

Our local vendors are creative, talented, and are eager to meet Big Canoe residents and guests. Stroll through Vendor Lane and welcome them to Big Canoe. You’ll see familiar faces that have been around Oktoberfest for several years, as well as new vendors attending the festival for the first time.

Current 2017 Vendors:

Andie Glover – Eco-friendly, hand crafted soaps, scrubs and bath bombs
Amicalola Wood Works – Custom Wood Work
Angels on Horseback – Local Non-Profit
Betys Hillis – Hand painted wine bottles and glasses
Beth Westberry – Gourd art and pine needle baskets
Big Canoe Artists’ Club – Paintings and artwork
Big Canoe Chapel: Missions – Ecuador Tagu Nut jewelry and Haitian products
Blue Ridge Mountain Connected Home – Home Theater and home network and WiFi systems
bSwitched Jewlery – Jewelry
Charlie Dragonfly – Decorative woodworking
Correct Perspective Designs– Jewelry
Country Rhoades – Honey, pickles, handmade soaps and scarves
David King – Handmade candles, soaps, Christmas ornaments and artist proof pictures
Deanna Fitz – Save the Day Seasonings
Deidra Mirkin – Gourd lamps and mandala stones
Dot Dot Smile – Dressers and rompers for toddlers and infants
Ellen Masters – Doll Clothes
Gayle Wilkins – Boutique clothing for women and girls
Get Inspired Flight – Discovery Flights
Home Appetit – Estate EV Olive Oil and balsamic
Homecraft Gutter Protection – Gutters, gutter protection, EcoRain harvesting
Honest Harvest Pasta – Pasta, Pesto, Ravioli
Jackie Agers – Seasonal décor and mountain floral decor
Jake’s Produce and Cannery – Local relishes, jams and salsas
John Ubele – Paintings, pumpkins, lanterns and crosses
Juice Plus – Juice Plus and Tower Garden
Just One Africa – Beaded jewelry, t-shirts, crosses and hearts
Kathy Wood – Paintings
Linda & Pat Malia – Wooden candles and signs, bear lights and seasonal jewelry
Linda Morrongiello – Hand crafted copper jewelry
Mary Allen – Artwork
Mary Blanford – Pasta, pesto and ravioli
Mary Kay – Skincare and make up products
Monalisa Designs – Handcrafted jewelry
My Dad’s Caramels – Fresh, homemade caramels
Pickens Puzzles – Wooden puzzles for all ages
Pink Alley Boutique– Handmade clothing
Rodan + Fields – Skincare products
Rosemary Knoll Eatable Delights
Safari Global Fashions – Handmade baskets, bags, sandals, wooden bowls and African accessories
Scentsy – Pottery candles warmers and wax
Sue Watters – Refurbished Furniture
Usborne Books – Books for children of all ages
Todd & Joanie Muhlfelder – Jewelry
Wendy Jones – Seasonal crafts and paintings
Wayne Freeman – Spent ammo made jewelry
And more!