Hummingbird Fest returns to Gaither Plantation

COVINGTON - The Fourth Annual Hummingbird Festival will take place at Gaither Plantation May 31 to June 1.

Hosted by the Georgia Hummers, "This is the only hummingbird festival (in the area) that has hummingbirds," said Buddy Rowe, founder of the nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting conservation of hummingbirds through studies and public education.

The birds can be spotted feeding in the hummingbird garden on the plantation grounds, and festival-goers will even have the chance to help release the birds following a banding demonstration.

In addition, the festival will feature 85 arts and crafts and food vendors; wall-climbing, pony rides and a petting zoo for youngsters; and tours of the plantation house.

"There's something there for everybody," Rowe said.

Last year's event drew 5,000 people, and organizers are hoping for between 7,000 and 10,000 this year, he said.

Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 31, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 1.

A parking fee of $5 per car will be charged.

The public is also invited to attend a church service at historic Harris Springs Baptist Church, located on the plantation grounds, from 11 a.m. to noon on Sunday.

For more information, visit www.gahummer.org.

Gaither Plantation is located at 270 Davis Ford Road. Take I-20 to exit 98, then take Ga. Highway 11 south through Mansfield. Make a right on County Line Road, then take another right on Henderson Mill Road. Turn right on Davis Ford Road and the plantation will be on the right.

Crystal Tatum can be reached at crystal.tatum@newtoncitizen.com.