Bear-y Good Times in Dahlonega

The Coolest Kid at Bear on the Square 2012 -- (Photo: Robert Sutherland)

The 16th Annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival held in Dahlonega, GA, the weekend of April 20, 2012 rocked.

There was more music than you could shake a banjo at, and plenty of seriously cool doodads to purchase and marvel over for years to come.  Fried Oreos, “gator on a stick,” fresh-squeezed lemonade, cotton candy and fudge supplemented the less frivolous fare served to diners all around the square.

Weavers, spinners, potters, a woodworker wielding a hand adz, a master leatherworker, and a blacksmith or two gave us a fascinating glimpse of what it’s like to be an artist.  The products on display were true Mountain Festival treasures.

If you didn’t make it this year, save the weekend of April 19, 2013 for next year’s Bear on the Square Mountain Festival!

We’re thankful that so many friendly folks allowed us to share a few pictures with you.

People who don’t take themselves too seriously are the most fun.

Sponsors, such as BB&T, help make the Mountain Festival possible.

BB&T's (L-R) Gary Vaughters, Rita Ricketts, Kay Barfield

Blacksmith Dave Custer from Columbia, KY —

Dave Custer -- (Photo: Robert Sutherland)
A silver spoon worthy of my granddaughter! -- (Photo: Robert Sutherland)

A picture might be worth a thousand words, but a camera cannot capture the ingenuity of this artist. -- (Photo: Robert Sutherland)


Home Depot kept the kids active and happy. -- (Photo: Robert Sutherland)
Ya gotta love good marketing. -- (Photo: Robert Sutherland)

Tom “Carver” Zarle from Mineral Bluff, GA —

A carver needs sharp knives and a good glove. -- (Photo: Robert Sutherland)


Mrs. "Carver." -- (Photo: Robert Sutherland) -- (Photo: Robert Sutherland) -- (Photo: Robert Sutherland)

We’ll be sure to let you know about next year’s Bear on the Square.

Click Here for Bear on the Square’s Website


About Author

Robert J. Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life in Gainesville, GA.
Robert has two adult daughters, seven practically perfect grandchildren and a zippy Kawasaki. Contact Robert at [email protected].

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