Did you know about this? Take a look at our artists!

Artists among us!

Regarding those in our community who are gifted in the arts like the following four people, we have many more who have talents by pen or pen and pencils with splashes of paint and hues as well. Let us know at the Chamber and we will show you off in Did you know about this?

Victoria Simmons, has produced two books. Vanish Towns Remembered in Crawford and Peach County. A good read for history preservation and to sit back and read the romantics of the past. The towns gone are still remembered in many history books, however, Simmons researched and found old photos of towns in the book. Her research added to the lesson in history of the towns in Crawford and Peach County that have vanished but still are remembered. Here second book is written by hearts following and here ministry…Day at a time with God. Those readers who have purchased the book have turned the book into a read until finsihed… instead of one day at a time.


Three Authors-three different audiences

Tony Byram, a retired educator and coach, has written a book entitled Gametime.  In his book, Tony presents a fictional account of what the outcome might be if the ten best teams of his career were to compete against one another. Each team is described in detail and the outcomes are based on real life statistics and individual talents. Twenty-one of his thirty-six years of coaching were spent in Crawford County.  The players come alive and they get their chance to shine once again years after hanging up their cleats.  Many players are named in the book.

Stephen (Steve) Davis, a retired banker, penned a collection of stories, jokes and anecdotes. The stories may be humorous, but all teach “life lessons”.  The expression “Boomer Boys”, refers to the generation that was  born post WWII.  Many of the characters in the book are kin to the author and  many are friends and acquaintances,  so the author’s experiences are related to real people. Steve did not want to lose the stories, so he began writing them down some thirty years ago..  He does a great job of passing the stories on.

David Hunt, a retired educator, writes children’s books about dogs.  The main character is a Maltese-Yorkie named Sweet Willie McDuffie. During trips to the veterinarian, wh

Three Authors-three different audiences

en Wiliie was a puppy, David would  make up songs about Willie,  which resulted in the song “Sweet Willie McDuffie” and that’s when the author decided to write a book. Two Willie McDuffie books have been published: “Willie Takes the High Road” and “The Furry Worrier”. The stories are about bullying and worry.

Norma Jeanne Trammell, an artist in her own right, does a wonderful job of illustrating The Willie McDuffie books.  She once taught the fourth grade and kindergarten in Crawford County.  She presently resides in Monticello, GA.  Visit her website at www.normajeantrammellart.com.


There are many others out there who are gifted artists let us see some of your  works!

16th Annual Georgia Jug Festival May 21, 2022

Georgia Jug Festival
                     “for the love of mud”

Check out the Chamber Facebook for updates and Facebook Ads! For the love of mud! Come Festival with us May 21, 2022! at the 16th Georgia Jug Festival. Visit www.GeorgiaJugFestival.org

More of your favorites like Lunch and Learn and Pottery Auction will be back!

Recap of last year …May 15, 2021 is Festival day opening with Star Spangle Banner and the Historical Society Jug Fest 5-K and 1 Mile Fun Run. Race begins at 7:30 am. Sign-in and ceremony to precede  race. All proceeds to be used by the Crawford County             Historical Society for preservation projects.
Demonstrations 9 am-4 pm in our Old Courthouse; History Exhibit/ Crawford County Historian Story Boards by Kathleen Cook; and much more! On the grounds and inside the over 100 year Knoxville Courthouse! Field of many inviting buys and we are adding more each day! Look for the Business on the Field so advertise your company and business! LOOK at our Sponsor LIST! Support them! Thank you!

At this family affair there is something for everyone Pottery to Public Safety Area…For children to enjoy seeing and touching fire trucks, and public safety equipment or Red Cross information as well as an all time favorite the Fire Prevention Clowns will be in place behind the Fire Station along with the Little Brown Jug Children’s Area. Kids zone is ready to play and offers several areas for children to enjoy, by children’s old but really fun games and in the Kid’s Zone to include  face painting, carnival type games with family in mind. Arts and crafts will also be part of the fun. Deana Hortman, Historical Society President will be painting faces and organizing the area.

Another event for the youngsters –Georgia Jug Fest 1st Annual Pageant for boys and girls 4-17 and $15 fee per child. Dress and show-off your favorite cowgirl or cowboy outfit. Best in three divisions will reign as Ms. and Mr. Georgia Jug Fest King and Queen.

Pageant Registration Form (2)

Historical exhibits set up and age old hand crafts of long ago explained and preformed at Knoxville “Old” Courthouse May 15, Come see history live with our demonstrators. Dulcimers Ladies to provide a special antique sound all afternoon carrying on a tradition of the past.
Story boards and the history is artfully displayed throughout the courthouse. Enjoy the history lesson they will provide and the many displays in the Old Courthouse to enjoy. Number of
Entertainment Opportunity as well as Melissa Falcon’s idea and carried out by Ciara Smith as the First Pageant  show for kids 4-17 ladies and the gents in denim wear or Favorite Cowboy or Cowgirl Outfit at 2:30: Our entertainment is always free and so is our parking for this full day of fun and excitement finding, history brought to life and the old fashioned day of family fun.

Children’s Little Brown Jug to include fun and crafts with only youngster in mind. They will have fun! And they will take home a home made piece of pottery…if they would like. Come the Kid’s Zone and see what awaits for all youngsters.

Brandon Pratt will be in the field to explain the pottery with a show and the history of Pottery. He focuses on Crawford County Pottery. Much more to come on this part our our field interests. See list of Pottery and Craft Vendors at the bottom of the page.

Kiln Fired Pottery Sale…Shelby West will be firing up the Ground-hog Kiln the Saturday before the festival and the Kiln sale with be the in the morning on May 15th Saturday’s Georgia Jug Festival.

Car Show…Register your “Pride and Joy” for the JugFest Car Show. Call or stop by the chamber for registration form or visit www.georgiajugfestival.com for registration form. $20 early registration and Dash Plaque for first 30; May 16th Entry Fee $25…have time left for those plaques. Registration 9-12 noon. Award Presentation of 12 Best of Show Awards Cars and Trucks at 3 PM and custom cars or trucks Award for: 12 Categories for Best and Over All Best of Show. Shine up that baby and place it On the festival field or at the “Old Courthouse”,

We involve the kids and invite all children and young adults ages4-17 girls and boys to come in their best western ware or the best Cow Boy and their best Cow Girl as contestant on the field with talent 30 seconds sign dance read a story written by them and maybe win the position of Miss and Mister Roberta Jug Fest 2021. $15 a contestant fee to cover expenses and prizes.

Lunch by the Crawford Historical Society, however, food trucks on the vendor field. Vendors are displaying the hand crafting of all your favorite trinkets and wood working or the unique items. Pottery vendors are offering those treasured decorative, functional and collectors items. Also on the field…business opportunity available to advertise your business.  Of course there is entertainment and Jug Fest “1st” highlighting the young gentlemen and young ladies strutting across the stage modeling their favorite  denim  wear. For the love of Mud!

“for the love of muc!”








Quilt Show in the Recycle Center will not be in the Recyling center but will have a great look in The Old Courthouse as a collection of quilts displayed. These quilts will be made by grandmothers or great aunts for a number of people. They will be old and displayed in a fashionable way showing off the stitching and design

Dianne Dye quilting by hand

The West Memorial Birdhouse Contest will be on display at the Harris Arena with our CCHS Art Show. Winners will be announced in the morning. We have many very talented young people so come see and appreciate your youths creations. Each of the bird house creations is built from clay and fired in the kiln. Décor of the birdhouse is done with paint and glaze and replicates on of our old majestic buildings. Courthouse to Community Center and even the Caboose have projects from many of the kids. The West Family has been promoting the contest and it was named for Charlie West as a memorial of his love of Pottery. Shelby West, Crawford County High School graduate began his love of pottery and creations under his art teacher, Mrs. Pam Perry and now has earned a name for himself in Georgia.

Best of all…It is Free Admission, Free Parking and Free enjoyment for the family unless you choose to purchase from our many pottery and craft vendors. Children’s Little Brown Jug area will be filled with old time events, pottery and craft making and so much more!  For all the information on this Event visit www.gajugfestival.com and come have fun for the love of mud! on May 16, 2020.

Crawford County Historical Society, Jug Fest 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run

8th Annual GA JugFest 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run

May 15, 2021 Knoxville, Georgia

5K starts @ 7:30 am
1 Mile Fun Run starts @ ~ 7:40 am
Awards Presented on the grounds of C.F. Harris Livestock Arena

Runners, Walkers, Baby Strollers (non-motorized of course), and Well Behaved Pets on a Leash, are welcome.   Pet Owners are Required to Clean-Up after Their Pets.

This year’s race/walk will be part of the 16th Annual Ga JugFest and Old Knoxville Days Festival! Please bring the family and join us for a healthy morning of exercise and conversation. Enjoy the 5K or the 1 Mile Fun Run, then spend the rest of the day at the GA JugFest!

May – Lunch and Learn  held at Musella Baptist Church, Musella, Georgia 2022

In May of 2022 this will return to celebrate the counties 200 Anniversary and a Potter will be inducted into the  Potters hall of Fame.

List of Potters, Arts and Crafts for your shopping needs! 

Pottery – Ronnie and Brhonda Payne, Shelby West, Stephen Johnson, Mike Williamson, Bobby Gaither, Kris Robson, Allen Gee, Derek Belflower, Art Club pottery with offerings to sell wares functional and decor pottery. Some will be involved with Shelby West for the Kiln Show Sale in the Knoxville Bottom, pottery pieces of their works fired in the Ground Hog Kiln or illustrate its use.

Arts, Crafts and more! Here is the List! Sparkles and Sass offering Goat Milk Products, soaps, lotions and more; Guerrilla Ink-tie dye items and clothing; Marsha J. Charbaneau crafted jewelry; Joel Pitts-wood bowls, spoons and paddles; Ashlyn Jackson-A Nurses Way ointments, creams and health solutions; Nicole Whsenart-cold press virgin 100% CBD products; Jerry Emmons-Mulberry Tree art, wood frame design and keepsake boxes and more; Repurposed by Mike crafted items to add to décor frames, table art and Crosses; Carolyn Ryan-baked yummies and hand crafted items; Joe Sizemore’s Wood Workings from rolling pins and bowls, cutting boards and more; Pamela Jones-Farm House Designs and Pictures, Welcome Signs and more; Nancy Mathews Creation in embroidery and applique items;  Nikki Taylor – everyday farm and garden plants and growing techniques; Lighthouse Services-pocket knives, ball caps and flags and much more; Hope Styers- My Kustom Kups and Sehosas; Kay Center- Plants and Trees in many varieties; Goruela Ink – everything ty-dye; Victorian Simmons celebration of 100 years; Kin Folk Creations artistry in many areas; Laurel Hanes-hand sewn items, blankets and toys;  And so many more adding expected to come! Three Crafty Chixs; Bob Everan creations; Ramey’s Metal and wood art; Kingdom Airbrushing -Michael Thigpen; Randy Bridges; Towncrafts; Soywax Spinkles of Scents-McKenzie MacDonald; Bob Every-benches, coasters and military boxes and more to come to the field!

EVAC LifeTeam to land the Helicopter if all goes as planned. Come for the pottery and arts and you will get so much more on The Festival Field dedicated to our artist of pottery making, to arts and crafts.

Entertainment on the Field

Bands from the Crawford county High School and Middle School will be part of the the program for listening and tapping toes to the tunes. Another addition to the entertainment is the 1st Annual Pageant show for students 4-17 male or female. A good show of denim is expected and prizes for the winners. Fee is $15 per student and funds will go to support the event.  Contact Chamber office for application or call 478-836-3825. Contact Ciara Smith 478-955-7669 for contestant entry and information for participant possibilities in dress and 30-60 second talent. Final entertainment to bring the festival to close with be His Way a non-denominational Worship band based out of the Crawford/Lizella area. BAND MEMBERS:(Jeramie Collins – Lead Vocals)(Alexis Sutherland – Lead Vocals)(Della Stroup – Lead Vocals)(Tommy Korink – Guitars/Vocals)(Sodie Gledhill – Guitars)(Tim Pinson – Bass Guitar)(Jeff Foster – Bass Guitar)(Kirk Walker – Drums/Vocals)(Gary Bryan – Keys)(Tammie Fetz – Keys/Vocals)(Jake Watson Jr. – Sound Technician) You don’t want to miss a minute!

Visit this site again and watch the great day event evolve.

Come Enjoy a beautiful day! Check out the Chamber Facebook for updates and Facebook Ads!

Georgia Jug Festival and Old Knoxville Days  is Co-sponsored by Crawford County Historical Society and the Roberta-Crawford County Chamber of Commerce 

more are as follows:
I will be updating this information very soon! For the love of mud! look at our Sponsors! Support them and THANK YOU SPONSORS!

Sponsor Recognition/Our List Grows by Our Community Involvement 

Bibb Home Improvement – Ken Smith        Heath Holly         Roberta Mayor and Council       

Crawford County Government /Honorable Commissioners    Superior Indoor Comfort         

Flint Energies        AirMedCare Network         Atlanta Sand and Supply          Georgia Power

Champion’s Restaurant         The Council on Alcohol and Drugs       Southern Rivers Energy

Community Ambulance                           Roberta Drug Store                Public Service Telephone

Crawford Co. Middle School              Crawford County Farm Bureau    Roberta Hardware 

Special Thanks to Media Friends 

Guide to Georgia -where you want to be anytime of the year!  Visit Guide to Georgia Facebook    

41 NBC News | WMGT-DT   for in-kind services and employee services

Macon, Georgia | 13wmaz for in-kind services mention on news cast

Thank you Sponsors! We Can’t Do it Without YOU!

Are you ready to SHOP! Are you ready to SELL! In 2022 – March 11 and 12 in 2022

March 11-12, 2022; 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. The Longest Yard Sale in Georgia from Barnesville to Brunswick, Georgia on US 341 and oh the fun you will have or the money you can make!

Official yard sites range from multi-organizational group sites to the official individual sites. As you are traveling during this event, look for the The Official Site Banners and Official Vendor Yard Signs which will be located along Hwy 341 for places to stop and shop!

Come join us as a shopper and look at all the places open for your business to find the treasure your are looking to have. Take a minute to link to Peaches to the Beaches viewing the easy to read and follow the link to Peaches to the Beaches mapping system and see for yourself the many places to shop ’till you drop. All your favorite place are there in your home town and county!

Come to 39 Wright Avenue and have your business or off site vendor spot on a map that travels…well it will show all those traveling where you are on the “longest yard sale in Georgia!” Remember price goes up on February 1, 2019 from $30 to $50 and more the six vendor off sites locations $180 to $200. Food only is priced at $40 and late charge is $10

Become an Official Peaches to the Beaches
Vendor Today!
March 11 & 12 Vendors can officially participate three ways:
1)RENT Official Space from the Roberta Crawford County Chamber of Commerce’s Official Site located at the official site in the David Bailey Memorial Park. $30 per 15’x15’ space. After February 1, 2020: $40 per space
2)RENT an Official Yard Sign to be placed at your choice of location. $30 per official yard sign;
After February 1, 2020: $40 per official yard sign. Note: After February 1, we cannot guarantee that your listing will be included on vendor/site maps, website, listings, etc. Official Yard Signs available while supplies last.
3)RENT an Official Site Banner to be an official site (for locations with 6 or more vendors).
$180 per official site banner. Note: After February 10, we cannot guarantee that your site will be included on vendor/site maps, websites, listings, etc. Official sites also have the option to be an Official Contest Stamp Location. Official Contest Stamp Locations agree to have someone available to stamp forms from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both days of the event. Official Site Banners available while supplies last.
Again this year Roberta Crawford County has THREE STAMP LOCATIONS – The Shop at Musella , Roberta Crawford County Chamber of Commerce and A & W Mechanical. Stop at all three and collect those stamps to be in the drawing for trips and cash cards!!! Look for the ORANGE and YELLOW WELCOME signs and get your entry forms stamped! See you soon

Come have fun, shop, or sell!!

To become an Official Vendor, contact the
Patti Temple
Roberta Crawford County Chamber of Commerce
Mail: P.O. Box 417
Roberta Georgia 31078

Shopping fever is hard to quench and clean cupboard, carports, closets and outbuilding a treasure to have not to mention the money you can raise! peaches_to_beaches_yardsale