7th Annual Dahlia Fest

The ground is warm now, so don’t delay.  

Get those dahlia bulbs in the ground so they will be blooming and beautiful for The Highlands Historical Society’s Seventh Annual Dahlia Festival, being held September 14 through 16.  

  The Festival kicks off with the Patron Party on Thursday evening, September 14, at the campus of The Historical Society, located at 520 North Fourth Street (Highway 64).  Denim & Dulcimers will feature a tented casual setting with local musicians.  Celebrants will enjoy a delicious dinner, including fried chicken and delicious sides, while touring the museum full of photos and memorabilia that chronicle the town’s story.   

Everyone is invited to the Historic Village to attend the dedication ceremony celebrating the acceptance of The Prince House by The National Historic Registry.”  For specific information about this event, visit highlandshistory.org.      

The Dahlia Flower Show will fill the Highlands Civic Center on Saturday, September 16.  Amateur growers from throughout the Highlands Cashiers Plateau will bring their best blooms to compete for numerous awards.  Last year’s show included more than 322 entries from 41 growers.   

Flowers will be received at the Highlands Civic Center on Friday, September 15, from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M., and on Saturday morning from 8:00 to 10:00 A.M.  Registration fee is $15 per exhibitor.  Patrons always enjoy the entries from local students, so the society encourages young people to enter.

Beginning at 1:00 P.M. Saturday the show will be open to the public.  Admission to the show is $5 per person.  Come celebrate with all the growers as we enjoy the beautiful dahlia blooms and see the results of the judging.  

Each year, dahlia enthusiasts pack the lecture hall at the Civic Center to hear tips for growing dahlias.  HHS is just now finalizing the plans for this event.  Check the HHS website  for that information when it’s available.    

Be sure to pick one of the beautiful flower arrangements to take home to beautify your table or to give as a gift.  All funds raised by the Dahlia Festival support the maintenance of the Historic Village and the many philanthropic projects of the Historical Society.