Annual STAY WILD event fundraiser celebrates the magnificent National Wild & Scenic Chattooga River, while raising funds for the Chattooga Conservancy’s work to protect, promote and restore this precious river and its extraordinary watershed.

The evening’s activities will feature local live musicians, a barbeque or vegetarian supper, non-alcoholic beverages as well as beer and wine, plus great silent auction and raffle items. Tickets should be bought in advance via online purchase at

Chattooga Conservancy executive director Nicole Hayler commented, “We are looking forward to having this event again at Chattooga Belle Farm. Everybody has had such a great time during our previous fundraisers at this beautiful venue! Folks will have a wonderful evening while enjoying the incredible view across Chattooga Belle Farm’s vineyard and taking in the spectacular mountainous landscape of the Chattooga River watershed, which is the main focus of our organization’s work.”

The Chattooga watershed is unique, because it is 70% public lands contained in the Chattahoochee National Forest in GA, the Sumter National Forest in SC, and the Nantahala-Pisgah National Forest in NC.

The Chattooga River is renowned as the crown jewel of the Southeast’s wild and scenic rivers system, and the watershed is extraordinarily rich in native biological diversity.  Learn more about the Chattooga Conservancy’s work to protect and restore the river and its surrounding lands at

Live music for the evening will feature three acts:  singer-songwriter and Nashville native Dawn Jackson will play guitar, complemented by her lush, full and moody vocals. “Thermonuclear Rodeo” hails from upstate South Carolina, and features Jennifer Goree Gregory, Tony Tidwell and their band of gifted musicians. This group plays a variety of lively music, from folk to bluegrass to honky-tonk to countrified pop. The Steady Hand String Band is based in Oconee County, SC, and will perform Old Time Music, which is a traditional Appalachian genre played for dancing.

Delicious food and drinks will be provided by local establishments including Brasstown BBQ, Chef David Sweeney, Fromage & Other Fine Foods, Universal Joint, Oskar Blues Brewery, Habersham Winery and more.

Exciting silent auction and raffle prizes will be available to win.  Excellent items will be on hand from REI, Peter McIntosh Photography, Chattooga Gardens, Yeti, Chaco, Patagonia Atlanta, Eno, Dagger Kayak, Kudzu Factory, Stonewall Creek Vineyard, and more!

Tickets for Stay Wild are $20 for entry and a meal; $15 for members of Chattooga Conservancy. Tickets for kids 10 and under are $5. Entry only (no meal) is $5. Guarantee your meal by purchasing tickets in advance!

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