Quick Fact:

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Stripling Irrigation Research Park, an affiliate of the University of Georgia, is a state of the art irrigation research center and it is located in Mitchell County.


Annual Events

Mitchell County has awesome, family centered events year round. These events are perfect for any and every age. For more information on these events please contact the Camilla Chamber of Commerce or the Pelham Chamber of Commerce.


Pelham’s Got Talent
Pelham’s version of America’s Got Talent-Family fun for everyone!

Miss Gnat Days Pageants
Pageant for ages 0-16

Southern Rivers Fine Arts Exposition
Artists from all over the south display their art accompanied by an evening of food and fellowship 


Miss Pelham Wildlife Pageant   
Pageant for ages 0-18, scholarship for the Miss winner

Mitchell County Pro Tennis Invitational*
Senior-pro tournament that raises money for our community

Pelham Chamber Easter Egg Hunt
Tribute parade to our military, Easter Egg Hunt, fun, and refreshments 


Gnat Days Festival*
Two day festival full of fun for the entire family


Float on the Flint
Poker float down the Flint to raise money for the Georgia Sheriff’s Youth Homes

Slice of Summer
A week-long of shopping in downtown Pelham full of great deals and prizes


Pelham Auction for the Arts
Evening of great deals and southern food


Miss Mitchell County Pageant  
Pageant for fun and prizes


Pelham Wildlife Festival*
5k run, parade, crafts, food, art show, and street dance

Haunted House Fall Festival
Spooky evening for kids and adults

Chili & Chills
Chili cooking competition with a side of spooky tales


Christmas in Camilla
Evening of progressive shopping and dining

Southwest Georgia High Cotton 65 Mile Yard Sale*
Yard sale venturing through four counties, Mitchell, Baker, Calhoun, and Clay


Camilla Christmas Parade
Parade full of lights, carols, fun and Santa

Camp Charis An Old Fashion Christmas
Family time of dinner, hayrides, caroling, bonfires, and entertainment

Pelham Annual Christmas Parade
Evening parade with beautiful lights, music, and Jolly Old Saint Nick


*Denotes larger Events

Mitchell County Pro Tennis Invitational

Also known as the “Thrilla in Camilla”. This event is a highlight of the senior-pro tour each year; this tournament has attracted over two dozen touring professionals for over twenty-five years. The Mitchell County Tennis Invitational is the most famous tennis event of its kind in Georgia and probably the United States. It has raised more than $1 million and given over $900,000 for charities. We also received the Senior Service Award (2006) at the 2007 USTA convention in Tucson, Arizona. This is the first time the USTA has given this award to the southern division of the USTA.


Gnat Days Festival

This yearly tribute to the Gnat, our favorite southern pest, happens the first weekend in May. Camilla’s Gnat Days evolved from the Georgia Corn Festival in the mid 1980’s.  The festival kicks off with a 5K walk/run and continues on the next day with a festival complete with arts & crafts, food & drink vendors galore, live stage entertainment and children’s activities such as a pet show & a bike race and wraps up with an “Under the Oaks” dance with a live band. If you would like to attend or be a vendor, contact the Camilla Chamber of Commerce.

Pelham Wildlife Festival

The annual Pelham Wildlife Festival is the first Saturday in October. Great food, arts & craft vendors from all over the South, singing and dancing, 5 K Run and a Parade.  There will be attractions and fun for all ages! The children’s activities are in a central location where they can be kids.  We wrap up with a street dance will featuring local talent.

If you would like to attend or be a vendor, contact the Pelham Chamber of Commerce.

65 Mile Yard Sale

This event is held the second Saturday in November, this annual yard sale has plenty to offer. 65 miles of antiques, crafts, children’s clothing, furniture, and much, much more. If you would like more information or to set up a booth, contact the Camilla Chamber of Commerce.


For more information on the events listed above contact:

Camilla Chamber of Commerce

Jennifer Burnum, Executive Director
124 East Broad Street
P.O. Box 226
Camilla, GA 31730
229-336-5255 office


Pelham Chamber of Commerce

Kent Holtzclaw, Executive Director
128 West Railroad Street
P.O. Box 151
Pelham, GA 31779