City of Helen 100 years

2016 Rods on the Hooch Car Show

Join us November 5, 2016 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Helen's Riverside Park for the first Alpine Helen Fall Car Show, "Rods on the Hooch". Proceeds will benefit The White Christmas for Kids Campaign sponsored by the Helen Police Department. Buy a ticket for a chance to win a 1963 Thunderbird, or take a shot at dunking Helen's Police and Fire Chief. All makes and models will be allowed, so come out for a day of fun for the whole family. For more information call 706-878-2722 or 706-878-2733.

2016 Restaurant Golf Challenge

November 4, 2016, Innsbruck Resort & Golf Club will once again host the annual charity golf tournament. All proceeds go to the Helen Police Community Relations fund, which buys Christmas for White County children and families in need. There are many cash prizes including 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, longest drive, and closest to the pin. So make plans now to help support the local community. For more information, call Innsbruck Golf Club at 706-878-2100.

EPD Issues Level 1 Drought Response

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) has issued a Level 1 Drought Response for 53 counties including White County. Level 1 Drought Response ask all commercial and residential water users to be conservative with water use, to be good stewards of our water resources. This should include:

  • Regularly checking for and repairing of leaks inside and outside the home and/or place of business.
  • While brushing teeth, shaving, washing face, etc. turn the tap off rather than leaving the water running.
  • Only water your landscape when necessary, and make sure sprinklers are adjusted so only the lawn is watered (not the sidewalk, street, or side of house).

Outside watering should follow these guidelines:

  • Irrigation of personal food gardens may be done at any time of the day.
  • Irrigation of new and replanted plants, seeds, or turf may be done at any time of day for 30 days after installation.
  • Drip irrigation or irrigation using soaker hoses may be done at any time of the day.
  • Hand watering with a hose with automatic cutoff or handheld container may be done at any time of the day.
  • All other general landscape watering may be done between 4 p.m. and 10 a.m. each day.

If you wish to know more ways to conserve water usage, go to The complete Rules for Drought Management are available at  

FEMA Floodplain Map Meeting

Changes are being made to the White County FEMA floodplain map. The White County Commissioners and the City of Helen Building and Zoning Department would like to invite you to the 2016 FEMA floodplain map open house meeting which will discuss the upcoming changes to the FIRM maps and how it will affect residents of the County. The meeting will take place Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the White County Commissioner's Office meeting room at 1235 Helen Hwy, Cleveland, GA. For more information, call Larry Krul at 706-878-2733.

2016 Yaarab Shriner's Parade

Join us for the annual Yaarab Shriner's Parade, Saturday June 11 at 2:00 p.m. in downtown Helen. This event is fun for kids and adults as the shriner's make their way down Main Street in their mini cars and trucks.

2016 Bavarianfest

May 28 from 6 p.m. - 11 p.m. the Helen Chamber of Commerce will honor our Military Servants at the Festhalle. Experience a live Oompah band, dancing, and a festive German atmosphere. There will be imported and domestic beers and wines, soft drinks, wurst on a bun with sauerkraut, hot dogs and snack available for sale. There will be free admission for all active and retired military and veterans (IDs are required). For more information, call 706-878-1908 or go to