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HemlockFest 2006 Press Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Forest Hilyer (706 265 5282) or

Murray Lamb (706 973 9067)

You can help Save the Hemlock Trees: Hemlockfest 2006

The Lumpkin Coalition (a non-profit 501c3 charitable organization) announced today the second annual Hemlockfest in North Georgia. Hemlockfest 2006 will be held at Starbridge (just one hour north of Atlanta near the historic town of Dahlonega) on November 3 & 4.

The survival of hemlocks is being threatened by the woolly adelgid, an aphid like insect introduced from Asia and now spreading through the north Georgia forests. This benefit will raise funds and awareness to help save these magnificent trees that arguably define southern Appalachia and keep our rivers cool enough to sustain such temperature-sensitive species as trout and crayfish. 100% of donations/proceeds from the festival will go toward advancing the hemlocks defense against the woolly adelgid. Our efforts last year contributed significantly to the establishment of a beetle (which prey on the adelgids) rearing lab at the University of Georgia.

FireDance as well as Music from such genres as singer songwriter, bluegrass, Celtic rock, and jam band will be performed. Family and child activities will also take place and food, drink, and t-shirts will be available for purchase. “Terrapin Brewing Company” from Athens, Ga. will team up with “The Crimson Moon” from Dahlonega, Ga. to offer a wonderful selection of food and drink.

Tickets for the two day two night (primitive camping option available) festival range in price from free (for those under the age of 15) to the pre-sale prices of $15 for Friday, $20 for Sat, $30 for both days (add $5 for each night of camping and another $5 to each day for last minute gate price). Special student rates are available with ID.

Donations and/or ticket purchase (100% tax deductible) may be made in the forms of check or money order and made out to -Lumpkin Coalition- and mailed to 3865 Dawsonville Hwy, Dahlonega Ga. 30533, or by credit card through a pay-pal service at the following website: Tickets will also be made available at various locations around Dahlonega TBA.

For directions or further information (on the hemlock/woolly adelgid issue, the bands, ticketing, where to make donations, how you can help, etc.) please visit our website at or e-mail us at: You may also call: Forest Hilyer at 706-265-5282 or Murray Lamb at 706-973-9067.

The Lumpkin Coalition is a 100% volunteer nonprofit 501c3 charitable organization that formed in 2005 to address issues concerning North Georgia, Lumpkin County, and its residents. We are dedicated to preserving quality of life for all those who share it. To this end we support the preservation of a clean and healthy environment, responsible living, and responsible growth.

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