The 20th Annual Beaver
November 1, 2014
Charlie Jackson Unity Park
Corner of Cherry Street and Spaulding Road
In Historic Downtown Montezuma, Georgia
vendor application in PDF format.
When life gives you lemons, you make
lemonade. When life gives you floods, you
make a duck race. The Montezuma Downtown
Development Authority and the Macon County
Chamber of Commerce are getting ready for a
splashing good time at the Beaver Creek Festival.
The Festival is Historic
Downtown’s annual heritage observation. It
was first celebrated in 1994 to commemorate
the spirit of courage that has revived
downtown from disasters since the late
1800s. Although there are stories
referencing a flood in 1897, the earliest
recorded disaster was in 1902 when the Flint
River crested at 25 feet. The levee was
built to retain Beaver Creek following the
1948 flooding of the business district. In
1958 the levee was engineered three feet
above 1929’s 26.3 foot record, but it was no
match for 1994’s 30 foot crest which poured
Beaver Creek into downtown's historic
Initially called the “Flood
Festival,” it was established by the
Montezuma Merchants Association when the
“Flood of the Century” receded and left
waterlogged stores and ruined inventory. The
Festival was launched to help raise capital
to support the rehabilitation of historic
downtown and the Railroad Depot. The annual
celebration is held in Charlie Jackson Unity
Park—a once thriving city block reduced to
rubble by fire. A volunteer squad cleared
the ashes and had a stage, arbors, a wall of
fame, and a sparkling fountain installed.
The fountain and park symbolize the
community's commitment to historic
preservation and revitalization.
Chairperson Tommy McKenzie
expects nearly 4,000 visitors and citizens
to attend the festival and raise funds to
preserve the cultural resources and heritage
that keep downtown strong. Vendors will be
filling downtown Montezuma with a “Fair
Aroma” and serving up Papa’s Pizza, funnel
cakes, cotton candy chicken strips baskets,
Philly beef subs, chicken Philly subs,
barbeque sandwiches, nachos, taco cups,
elephant ears, fried pickles, corn dogs,
potato chips on a stick, baked goods, fish,
homemade jellies & jams, fried peanuts,
fried pork rinds, fried pecans, turkey legs,
ribs, chicken, soul food and boiled peanuts.
The grand finale is a duck race
fundraiser hosted by the Chamber of Commerce
to rekindle the spirit of revival required
to recover from disaster. A flock of
colorful ducks will be launched by the
Montezuma Fire Department into Beaver Creekto race downstream to the finish
line at the North Dooly Street Bridge.
Spectators can cheer the ducks on from the
walking trail on the levee. The
race is emceed by WMAZ Channel 13's popular
news anchor, Duck Master Frank Malloy.
Proceeds of the duck race fund scholarships
for Macon County High School graduates.
Vendor applications are
available by email (email@example.com).
Each vendor space rents for $25 without
electricity and $34 with electricity. Space
preferences will be honored in the order in
which payment is received. Each booth space
is 10' x 10' and does not include tables,
chairs or a tent. Applications are subject
to availability and approval by the Beaver
Creek Festival Committee.
For more information, contact Jimmy Davis,
Macon County Development Authority
firstname.lastname@example.org or (478) 472-2391.