Mic Harrison and the High Score will perform at the festival. (Photo: Annie Clark-Rankin)

A new music and arts festival is this weekend in Chickamauga.

The Jayhawk Music and Arts Festival will be Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Pigeon Mountain Grill. Admission is free, and all ages are welcome.

As a tribute to his late father, Jay Burgess, Vic Burgess created the festival. Proceeds from donations will benefit the Children’s Advocacy Center of the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit.


“My dad passed away in December,” Burgess said. “He was from Kansas, and I wanted to do something that had his name in it. My vision eventually is to do something similar to Finster Fest but more focused on music.”

Finster Fest—an annual folk art festival in Summerville, Georgia—highlights hundreds of outsider folk artists throughout the country. Burgess said he hopes to do for music what Finster Fest does for art.

The festival will feature two stages—one acoustic and one electric—with rotating musicians on each. Headliners include Mic Harrison and the High Score, Tommy Womack, Double Shot, and Bob Carty. A full lineup can be viewed here

Watch Harrison perform below.

Children’s activities include bounce houses, balloon animals and face painting.

Pigeon Mountain Grill will offer food for purchase.

Burgess is still looking for local artists and volunteers to help during the festival. He is also looking for people who might want to help facilitate children’s activities such as balloon animals and face painting. He can be reached by email here.

In a lot of ways, it’s already a success,” he said. “As a musician, you want a crowd, but we understand it’s a long day. We hope to have about 5,000 people there throughout the day. It’s getting some buzz.”

Pigeon Mountain Grill is located at 18381 Highway 193.

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