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Cabbage Patch Kids’ Eggstravaganza combines excitement and nostalgia at BabyLand General

Cabbage Patch Kids’ Eggstravaganza combines excitement and nostalgia at BabyLand General ( CLEVELAND, GA – Anticipating a move later this year to a new facility, Cabbage Patch Kids celebrate their 21st Easter Eggstravaganza with both excitement and nostalgia. BabyLand General Hospital once again hosts the annual event at its original location of 73 West Underwood Street, home of the fun and fantasy of the Cabbage Patch Kids for more than 30 years.

This event was started by artist entrepreneur Xavier Roberts, creator of the Cabbage Patch Kids, as an exciting way to welcome the spring and introduce people to the mountain communities of Cleveland, Alpine Helen, and Historic Sautee Nacoochee, as well as all of White County, Georgia and the northeastern region.

Tourism remains an important part of a local economy that is out of the mainstream of population and has a limited amount of infrastructure and resources, but an abundance of natural beauty and historic significance.
The first Eggstravaganza Event saw people packed onto the grounds of BabyLand General Hospital to hunt eggs and enjoy an arts and crafts festival.

The event has grown through the years and is now spread around town. A spectacular mountain view, the Easter Bunny, and Cabbage Patch Kid Costume Characters are all served up with a full, hearty breakfast (US$7.50 per person) at Truett McConnell College. Children will need the energy for the egg hunt with 18,000 candy and prize eggs spread on the grounds around the campus fountain.

The fun continues with a parade through town and around the square. Floats, horses, and antique cars are all part of the line up. An arts and crafts festival continues throughout the day with a portion of the proceeds going to the Enotah Anti-Drug Coalition.

Carnival rides, slides, food, and fun are all part of the day’s delight. A DJ will be on hand playing popular tunes for children of all ages to dance with the Cabbage Patch Kid Costume Characters, as well as friends and family.
Hourly prize drawings start early with the final Grand Prize, an original, Cabbage Patch Kids, hand stitched to birth. The Adoption Fee for this baby is US$295. The winner will have to take the Oath of Adoption.

This small mountain community is experiencing growth from a one signal light town to four in the past four years.

Xavier is busy building a new home for his growing family, which stands at 118 million adoptions worldwide. Surrounded by the beautiful Appalachian Mountains, the new BabyLand General will have the look of a graceful, columned southern style home. Granite-faced, Mt. Yonah, which plays a prominent role in the history of the Cabbage Patch Kids, will be clearly visible from the new site.
Construction of the 70,000-square-foot building on almost 100 acres is in progress. The new structure will include retail space, offices, a historical archive of the Cabbage Patch Kids, as well as the southern Appalachian region, more than 4,000 square feet of meeting and conference space, warehouse, and offices.

Xavier, dedicated to his roots, has kept his hometown of Cleveland as headquarters to his worldwide operation. Original Appalachian Artworks, Inc. includes licensing, Internet sales, new product development, administrative, and the “Cabbage Patch,” where babies are still hand-stitched to birth.
Mother Cabbages will continue to deliver to the public with the assistance of hospital staff at the current site (73 W. Underwood St., Cleveland, GA) until the new BabyLand is complete. Admission is Free.

Margaret McLean Email: Telephone: 706-865-2171, Ext. 241

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