The Inaugural 2012 Chattooga River Festival

The inaugural Chattooga River Festival will be held on June 22 – 24, 2012 and is being organized by a broad coalition of groups from both Georgia and South Carolina. It will include events and activities in Clayton, GA and Long Creek, SC. The mission of the festival is to encourage environmental stewardship in conjunction with the responsible recreational use of the Chattooga River watershed. Its purpose is to increase awareness of the importance of protecting and preserving the unique ecological environment and scenic beauty of this valuable resource.

The Festival will kick off on Friday, June 22 in Clayton, GA with the Redemption & Salvation Art Reception and “Dueling Banjos: The Deliverance of Drew” Ronny Cox book signing at Timpson Creek Gallery, BBQ, street dance and drive-in movie showing of Deliverance  at the Tiger Drive-In, and Ronny Cox Band musical performance at the Rabun County Civic Center. On Saturday, June 23, there will be an all-day music festival with musical guests: The Mosier Brothers, Shannon Whitworth, Nitrograss, Conservation Theory, Heather Luttrell, Timberline, Michelle Malone and finalists of a Dueling Banjo competition. A Festival Village located at Chattooga Belle Farm will be open to festival ticket holders all day Saturday with local art, crafts, food, product and gear demos, and activities that celebrate the culture of the region, both past and present, and family fun activities. There will also be an adventure race and opportunities to hike, paddle, ride horseback or view the river on both Saturday and Sunday. This is a great chance to celebrate our unique river environment and mountain heritage at the same time.
Each year the festival will be themed around an important aspect of the river’s history. The inaugural Festival will celebrate the movie Deliverance as a tribute to the 40th anniversary of the film’s release.
“Deliverance  was an important part of American popular culture. It created a huge surge in interest in the river and the whitewater industry as a whole. Deliverance  brought the Northeast Georgia mountain region into the national spotlight and created a lasting positive economic impact in the region.
Information is available at, on our Facebook page and by emailing
The theme of this annual event will change each year with 2014 already slated to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic designation by Congress.
For more information: Sarah Gillespie, Event Planner, Warwoman Ventures 404-735-6157 (cell), (email)