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BabyLand General 2014 Holiday Hours

BabyLand General 2014 Holiday Hours…

 

Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Dec. 24 and Dec. 25th. Open on Friday, Dec. 26th, with regular visiting hours through Wednesday, Dec. 31.

Closed New Years Day, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015. Open Friday, Jan. 2, with regular visiting hours.

We will be closed for Inventory on Wednesday, Jan. 28, and Thursday, Jan. 29th.

Countdown To Christmas

 

CLEVELAND, Ga. – Count down to Christmas with the Cabbage Patch Kids® and Little People®. Make reservations for a Pancake Breakfast with Santa on Monday, December 22, 2014, in the beautifully decorated Ballroom at BabyLand General Hospital, in Cleveland, Ga. 706-865-2171, “0”.

Enjoy this year’s fabulous Christmas wonderland on 650 acres in the North Georgia Mountains, just an hour north of Atlanta.  A beautiful Southern Style Mansion with 67 columns elegantly support a covered 20,000 sq. ft. porch with seasonal views of the mountains. Delight in the magical decorations including over 75 different indoor Christmas trees, ranging from stunning 10-foot tall traditional trees to whimsical 3-foot tall themed trees.

New, this year is Milk and Cookies with Mrs. Claus. The woman behind the man, Mrs. Claus, manages Santa and a house full of elves at the North Pole year round. Mrs. Claus enjoyed last year’s visit to BabyLand General so much; she agreed to return to host Milk and Cookies with Mrs. Claus while Santa visits with the children. Open seating for Milk and Cookies will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Dec. 22, in the Ballroom, cost is $5. No reservations required.

Santa and Mrs. Claus agree with the Cabbage Patch Kids, “It’s always nice to have a little extra TLC (Tender Loving Care) during a hectic Holiday Season.”  Come and play with the Cabbage Patch Kids and get your TLC while celebrating the Holidays with your family. Let our LPN’s (Licensed Patch Nurses) and Doctors also give you an extra dose of “Imagicillin” and you may get a glimpse of Santa as he visits all the good girls and boys on his global trip  Christmas Eve.IMG_7769

Cabbage Patch Kids’ World’s Largest Tree Ornament

Collectible 1923 Seagraves Speedster to Pick Up Santa From BabyLand’s Appalachian Christmas

Getting Santa's ride ready for BabyLand's Appalachian Christmas.

Getting Santa’s ride ready for BabyLand’s Appalachian Christmas.

Santa tells us that after his appearance at BabyLand’s Appalachian Christmas on Nov. 22, he has to take a quick trip to the North Pole to check on his elves.

Car collector, Jerry Singer of Cleveland, Ga., will pick Santa up in a fire-engine red, 1923 Seagrave Boattail Speedster.  A five-year labor of love, this restoration project combines art and the automotive world through beautifully, handcrafted wood, metal castings and a historically, classic Seagrave Engine.

Just like so many of our Cabbage Patch Kids and Little People… for kids of all ages that love firemen and fire trucks, this one of a kind work of art will be at BabyLand from 2:30 p.m. till Santa is ready to go at 4 p.m.

1923 Seagraves Boattail Speedster from the Collection of Jerry Singer will pick up Santa at 4 p.m.

1923 Seagraves Boattail Speedster from the Collection of Jerry Singer will pick up Santa at 4 p.m.

Welcome Bruce Ashley Home

Little People Bruce Ashley was on the front page of the Wall Street Journal on August 21, 1981.

Little People Bruce Ashley was on the front page of the Wall Street Journal on August 21, 1981.

1933 Buick with only 14,000 original miles.

Bruce Ashley will arrive in a 1933 Buick 4-door. With only 14,000 original miles, it has only been driven 200 miles since 1979. The car is from the collection of Bernie Blakney

Special Welcome Home Celebration for  36-year-old Bruce Ashley into BabyLand Archives

 

CLEVELAND, Ga. – On Saturday, November 22, 2014, the Cabbage Patch Kids® and the Little People® welcome all visitors to take part in BabyLand General Hospitals’ 36th Annual Appalachian Christmas Celebration at their world famous birthplace in Cleveland, Georgia. Admission is free!

Enjoy this year’s fabulous Christmas wonderland.  Delight in the magical decorations including over 75 different indoor Christmas trees, ranging from stunning 10-foot tall traditional trees to whimsical 3-foot tall themed trees. There will be special activities on site from 8 am to 6 pm.  Visit www.cabbagepatchkids for more details.

The day begins with a Pancake Breakfast with Santa & Mrs. Claus (Cost $10 and reservations required) in the beautiful BabyLand Ballroom. Other activities include hourly prize drawings, Cabbage Patch Kids Costumed Characters, pictures with Santa, free candy canes, strolling Victorian carolers and specially priced toy Cabbage Patch Kids. At 5 p.m. you will want to be present for the Grand Prize drawing for a hand-stitched-to -birth Appalachian Christmas collection Little Person valued at $365.00. The spectacular lighting of BabyLand wraps up the Celebration after the grand prize drawing.

As an extra treat at this year’s Celebration, the Cabbage Patch Kids and the Little People will welcome Bruce Ashely back home to be a part of their permanent archives. Born 36 years ago as a part of the first “Helen Blue edition of less than 1,000 hand-stitched soft sculptures, Bruce Ashely, was often featured in early stories about the Cabbage Patch Kids.  After his arrival, Bruce Ashely will be on display in the BabyLand General archives along with the original Wall Street Journal article that first made him famous.

Also new this year is Milk and Cookies with Mrs. Claus. The woman behind the man, Mrs. Claus, manages Santa and a house full of elves at the North Pole year round. Mrs. Claus enjoyed last year’s visit to BabyLand General so much, she agreed to return to host Milk and Cookies with Mrs. Claus while Santa visits with the children. Open seating for Milk and Cookies will be from 1 to 4 pm in the Ballroom, cost is $5. No reservations required.

Santa and Mrs. Claus agree with the Cabbage Patch Kids, “It’s always nice to have a little extra TLC (Tender Loving Care) during a hectic Holiday Season.”  Come and play with the Cabbage Patch Kids and get your TLC while celebrating the Holidays with your family.

 

BabyLand’s Appalachian Christmas Schedule – November 22, 2014
8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Pancake Breakfast with Santa & Mrs. Claus. Reservations Req. Cost $10. 706-865-2171, Ext. 0.
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. BabyLand General Hospital Free Admission
1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Milk & Cookies with Mrs. Claus Open Seating. Cost $5.
1 p.m. Bruce Ashley’s Homecoming
1:30 p.m.- 5 p.m. Like The Dickens Strolling Carolers
3:30 p.m. Holiday Dance – North Georgia Academy of Dance
4:30 p.m. Cabbage Patch Kid & Little People Christmas Photo
4:45 p.m. Start BabyLand Lighting – Drawing for Grand Prize Appalachian Christmas Edition-$365

*Please check the Events Calendar at www.cabbagepatchkids.com for Santa’s Schedule as well as several opportunities to have Milk and Cookies with Mrs. Claus – November 23 through December 22, 2014.

2014 Holiday Schedule

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Holiday Schedule

Special Events with Santa

Pancake Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus, Monday, Dec. 22nd 9:00 a.m.

*Pancake Breakfast – Cost $10 per person. Reservations required.  Call (706) 865-2171 Ext. 0

 

Photos & Wishes with Santa

Photos with your own camera or Keepsake 5 x 7 Photo with Folder – Cost $10

   Saturday, November 22, 10 AM – 4 PM

Sunday, November 23,     1 PM – 4 PM

    Friday, November 28,    11 AM – 4 PM

Saturday, November 29,   11 AM – 4 PM

Sunday, November 30,     1 PM – 4 PM

Saturday, December 6,     1 PM – 4 PM

Sunday, December 7,     1 PM – 4 PM

Saturday, December 13,   11 AM – 4 PM

Sunday, December 14,    1 PM – 4 PM

Saturday, December 20,   11 AM – 4 PM

Sunday, December 21,    1 PM – 4 PM

Monday, December 22 1 PM-4 PM

Milk and Cookies with Mrs. Claus

Cost $5 per person.  Open seating.  BabyLand Ballroom

Saturday, November 22,   1 PM – 4 PM

Sunday, November 30, 1 PM – 4 PM

Sunday, December 7, 1 PM – 4 PM

Sunday, December 14, 1 PM – 4 PM

Monday, December 22, 1 PM – 4 PM

Santa with Cabbage Patch Kids

Cabbage Patch Kids want to find a good home for the Holidays.

First Ever Scarecrow Contest-Details To Follow

Scarecrow Contest Details to follow.

Scarecrow Contest Details to follow.

Bringing in a good Fall Harvest is important at the Cabbage Patch at BabyLand General Hospital, because winter weather is unpredictable in the North Georgia Mountains. Though we have had fairly mild winters recently, we did experience one winter, 1981, when it was so cold Mother Cabbage was not able to deliver a Christmas Edition.

We invite you to pay tribute to the scarecrows, who silently stand in fields and gardens. No matter the weather they attempt to scare off crows and any other varmints ready to prey on ripening crops. Growing enough vegetables in season, then preserve the reserve for the future is a healthy farm to table way of life.

There is no entry fee in our first ever Scarecrow Contest with Cash and prizes totaling over $1,000. Scarecrow Display will begin Oct. 3 to 31, 2014. BabyLand Visitors will be the judges with winners and awards announced on Nov. 1. More details to follow. Contest entry forms and judging will be available at BabyLand.

Hillbilly Hog BBQ Throwdown Schedule of Events

FINAL HBH-CPK-Logo- crop REVISED

Vendor & Contestant applications: www.hillbillyhogbbq.com

 

 Hillbilly Hog BBQ Throwdown & Fall Leaf Festival Schedule – 
Friday-Oct. 24 Activity Cost
5 p.m. Hillbilly Hog Gates Open Free Admission
5-9 p.m. Piglet PlayLand Sponsored by McDonald’s & Zaxby’s of Cleveland  $5 for up to 2-day play armband
6-8 p.m. King of the Wing Challenge & Tasting Opportunity: Sponsored by Springer Mountain Farms $5 armband to sample wings from participating BBQ teams. Vote for favorite. Armband available at entrance or Tasting Tent sponsored by United Community Bank
6-8 p.m. Pit Pass Tickets $5 armband for behind the scenes look at what it takes to be a BBQ Competition Team. Several teams agreed to bring through tours of BBQ enthusiasts to cook site and share some inside info, BBQ secrets & maybe, some BBQ.
7 p.m. Family Friendly Outdoor Movie Free. Bring blanket/chair and cuddle up on lawn.
Sat-Oct. 25 Activity Cost
9:00 AM BabyLand General Hospital Opens: No admission charge. Wear Halloween costume, free prize drawings & Halloween treat bag for children 12 & under. Take picture with Cabbage Patch Kid Costume Characters.
10:00 AM Hillbilly Hog Gates Open Free Admission: Arts, crafts, merchandise vendors, musical entertainment
10:00 to 5 p.m.

 

10:00 a.m.

Piglet PlayLand Sponsored by McDonald’s & Zaxby’s of Cleveland

Yonah Pickers

$5 Armband for unlimited playing, games, cornbox & more

 

 

11:00 AM United Community Bank Music Stage 14 Roots
12:00 PM People’s Choice Tasting Tent $10 WHILE SUPPLIES LAST! Pulled pork samples from select participating teams, then vote. Average twenty 1 oz. samples.
12 p.m. Celebrity Rib Eating: White County Commission Chair Travis Turner; White County Sheriff’s Dept. Detention Officer, Darius Dorsey; Helen Police Chief Jim Couch; White County High School Principal John Osborne; Coach Dustin Proctor, Cleveland MMA; Chase Sanitation Owner, Travis Halbrook; Helen Fire Chief, Lee Poteat.
12-1 p.m. United Community Bank Music Stage Luke Latimer
1-5 p.m. Pit Pass Tickets $5 armband for behind the scenes look at what it takes to be a BBQ Competition Team. Several teams agreed to bring through tours of BBQ enthusiasts to cook site and share some inside info, BBQ secrets & maybe, some BBQ.
1-3 p.m. United Community Bank Music Stage Ms. Lilly’s Singers, Sautee School of Dance & Spotlight Players
2-4 p.m. Kids Q Contest sponsored by BabyLand General Hospital and Southern BBQ Challenge Watch budding young pit masters as they whip up their best culinary creations using boneless, enter-cut pork chops
3-4 p.m.

4:15

United Community Bank Music Stage

United community Bank Music Stage

Tallulah River Blue Grass Band

Magician, Jay Ward (will also do balloon fun on the grounds before performance)

5:00 PM BBQ Awards Who gets bragging rights to the title of Grand champion and a chunk of the $11,000 in prize money based on 65 Kansas City Barbeque Society Judges from throughout the Southeast
Presenting Partner BabyLand General Hospital
Whole Hawg Partner White County Georgia
King of the Wing Springer Mountain Farms
Sanitation & Recycling Chase Sanitation
Musical Stage United Community Bank
Divine Swine Media Partner Habersham EMC
Divine Swine Media Partner White County High School/Warrior TV – WTVN
Event Shuttle Partner Cool River Tubing
Partner Hotel Best Western River Inn Park & Conference Center
Ride for Your Community Jacky Jones Ford
Best Butts In Town Country In & Suites
Hawg Wild White County Farm Bureau
Hawg Wild Adams IGA
Hawg Wild Mountain Valley Community Bank
Hawg Wild Gunbroker.com
Hawg Wild Mully’s Nacoochee Grill
Hawg Wild Papa’s Pizza
Hawg Wild White County Farmers Exchange
Hawg Wild Huddle House
Hawg Wild North Georgia Roll Off Containers
Hawg Wild Southern Comfort
Piglet Playland Partner McDonald’s of Cleveland
Piglet Playland Partner Zaxby’s of Cleveland
This Little Piggy Partner Carl Free
This Little Piggy Partner Law Offices of Chad Knott
This Little Piggy Partner Bill Sutton Jr.
This Little Piggy Partner Bud Black
This Little Piggy Partner Circle H. Enterprises
This Little Piggy Partner White County Chamber of Commerce

BabyLand’s Fall Fest – Sept. 13, 2014

BabyLand’s Fall Fest is Cabbage Patch Kid Creator, Xavier Roberts, gift to the community. The artist entrepreneur presents a growing global family, a day full of fun, free, memorable activities with music and dancing with Cabbage Patch Kid Costume Characters and prize drawings from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 at BabyLand General Hospital in Cleveland, Georgia.

New this year is an Artistic Outdoor Scavenger Hunt. Based on a BabyLand Scavenger Hunt list, you observe the beautiful world around you and draw it as you see it. Art is a focus that Xavier wants to share with children of all ages. Art encourages creativity, imagination and discovery. There is joy in all colors, shapes and dimensions.

Be sure to sign and date your work of art. You will have the opportunity to display your artwork for the day or take it home to share your experiences at BabyLand with family and friends through your “treasured” sketches.

Welcome the Fall Season at BabyLand General Hospital in Cleveland, Ga.

Welcome the Fall Season at BabyLand General Hospital in Cleveland, Ga.

11-Year-Old Returns To BabyLand General For Barbeque Competition

Eleven-year-old Mackenzie McCarty of Warminster, Pa., returns to BabyLand Oct. 24 & 25 to compete in Kids Q Barbeque  Competition.

Eleven-year-old Mackenzie McCarty of Warminster, Pa., returns to BabyLand Oct. 24 & 25 to compete in Kids Q Barbeque Competition.

CLEVELAND, Ga. (Immediate Release 2014) – Eleven-year-old Mackenzie McCarty of Warminster, Pa., returns to BabyLand General® Hospital in the North Georgia Mountains, to compete in the Kids Q at the Hillbilly Hog BBQ Throwdown and Fall Leaf Festival, a Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) Sanctioned Event, Oct. 24 & 25, 2014.

At the age of nine, the competitive student and first-time BabyLand visitor, wanted to win one of the Kids Q Prizes, which was a BabyLand Exclusive Cabbage Patch Kid in a chef’s hat and apron. Her dad, Ryan has been the “guinea pig” for the different barbeque recipes for two years. What started as a “stop” at BabyLand for the McCarty family has turned into an annual four-day trip to Cleveland, Ga. This year, mom, Brenda, signed up to be an arts and craft vendor.

Brenda wants her own parents to come to the BBQ Throwdown at BabyLand, because it was her Mom, Karen, who made dad, Harry Gledhill, stand in line in 1983 for her first Cabbage Patch Kid, Adorie Elka. Cabbage Patch Kids became a part of this family’s history. Brenda was thrilled to discover there was a BabyLand General Hospital, home of the home of the Cabbage Patch Kids. Now, the Hillbilly Hog Barbecue has become an annual visit, they are hoping to come to other events and bring their friends.

The young, second-generation, Cabbage Patch Kid mom, Mackenzie, already busy with horseback riding, archery and taxidermy, now adds barbeque competitor to her list of acquired skills.

Trained in culinary arts and a KCBS Backyard BBQ competitor, Heather Sinyard, Event Organizer, is dedicated to the significance of getting young people involved in this competition. “At this stage it is a family commitment. Barbeque is more than just putting chicken or pork on a grill. Just like the adults, the young people have to consider barbecue flavors, charcoal heat, timing and presentation. From an educational standpoint it is a class in chemistry, business time management, culinary and artistic food styling. Just like the Guidelines for KCBS competitions, Kids Q is just fun!”

The Kid’s Q cooking competition is sponsored again this year by BabyLand General® Hospital. Each child competing will be provided with a grill from the Southern BBQ Challenge, prep area, and the meat they have to barbeque for judging. This year, the competition will be for the best pork chop. The kids are encouraged to use their creativity in their cooking method, seasoning and presentation for judging. All contestants will bring their own cooking utensils, cooking supplies and seasonings.

There are two age levels to compete in: the Mini Pit Masters, ages 6-10, and Junior Pit Masters, ages 11-15. Each child is required to have an adult supervise their activities during the contest and may assist with lighting fires, handling knives, etc., but cannot help with the actual food preparation or cooking. Each age level only has 12 spots available and they are already starting to fill up. Top cooks in each category will receive a $50 cash prize and an Exclusive Cabbage Patch Kid® from BabyLand General® Hospital. Second place in each category will also take home a $25 cash prize. All participants will receive a commemorative Hillbilly Hog BBQ Throwdown souvenir.

This Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) Sanctioned competition brings Professional, Backyard and young people from 6 to 15 from all over the Southeast to compete in different categories with prizes totaling $11,000 to the competition in Cleveland, Ga. For the professional and backyard categories, 65 highly qualified KCBS judges come in from many different states, including some from as far away as Indiana and Kentucky. They award points based on appearance, taste and texture.

This competition at BabyLand is also part of the Southern BBQ Challenge (SBBQC), which means the possibility of winning an additional prize purse at the end of the year. This is an important event to those shooting for the Challenge Cup at the end of the year because the Hillbilly Hog BBQ Throwdown is a member contest in the SBBQC so all cook teams earn double points for competing in Cleveland.

The Throwdown will feature a professional KCBS competition including several teams featured on popular BBQ shows, a “King of the Grill”. In addition to the barbeque competition there is will be a People Choice Tasting tent, food vendors, rib eating contest, arts & crafts, corn box and more fun for the kids at BabyLand General® Hospital and in the Piglet Playland.

Parents or kids interested in the Kid’s Q can get more information, including the official rules and application by visiting the Throwdown website at hillbillyhogbbq.com and clicking on “Participant Forms & Info” tab or they can contact Heather Sinyard at 706-809-0139 or heather@hillbillyhogbbq.comHHBTD logo wo date