J. F. Gregory Park, located at 521 Cedar Street in Richmond Hill, Georgia, is a 335-acre multi-use recreational area; home to the Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival, the Richmond Hill City Center and Veterans Monument. The park is ideal for picnics, birding, hiking, fishing, or gatherings for small meetings or big events. Attractions include a 10-acre lake, a 3-mile walking trail and birding tower. Wildlife inhabit the area and may be spotted while walking on the trail.
A great deal of history surrounds the park. In the nineteenth century, the park encompassed one of the many prosperous rice plantations along the Ogeechee River. The land was later owned by Henry Ford and is named for Ford’s plantation foreman, J. F. Gregory who’s former home is nearby. For more information about rice cultivation, Henry Ford and J. F. Gregory in Richmond Hill, visit the Richmond Hill History Museum, located at 11460 Ford Avenue.
The entrance to the festival is located in J. F. Gregory Park (520 Cedar Street) just behind the RH Police Department building. There are no pre-sales. All admissions are purchased at the gate.
For your convenience, we accept Cash, Visa, MasterCard & Discover and there are ATM machines on site (service charges apply).
Enjoy the nightly concerts which are included in your general admission ticket!
ADULTS (16 and older): Friday and Sunday $5 (No re-admission) • Saturday $10 (re-admission is allowed)
CHILDREN (ages 6-15): Friday and Sunday $5 (No re-admission) • Saturday $5 (re-admission is allowed)
CHILDREN (5 and under) are free all weekend!
MIDWAY CARNIVAL PRESENTED BY KISSEL ENTERTAINMENT:
Please be mindful of the times for wristbands on Saturday. The best value if you plan to be in the park all day is the $20 wristband which is valid for all day (10 a.m. to 11 p.m.) for *unlimited rides (excluding the Nemesis 360 which will require an additional two tickets to ride.)
Must be purchased before 3 p.m. One wrist band per customer and must be purchased in person.
Friday: 5:00-11:00 p.m. $20
Early bird special $20 – purchase wristband between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. and it’s valid for unlimited rides the entire day (10 a.m. to 11 p.m.) Must be present to purchase band
After 3 p.m. wristband – $25
Sunday: All day (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) $20 wristband
Tickets for individual rides may be purchased; prices vary by ride and are $1.25 per ticket or 22 tickets for $25. In general rides will require 3-4 tickets per ride without purchase of a wristband.
*The Nemesis 360 will require two tickets, plus a wristband to ride or six tickets.
Tip: The Carnival Midway is very crowded on Saturday afternoon. For the best value, come Friday, Saturday morning or Sunday.
Things to Remember:
- No pets, unless certified service animal
- No skateboards, scooters, bikes, etc.
- No “yard” games
- No coolers
- No video recording
- No alcohol may be brought into or out of the festival.
Be sure to bring valid/government issued photo I.D. w/ you – we card EVERYONE who wishes to purchase beer. Tickets for 16 oz. beer are $5.00 each. Anheuser/Busch products only are served. There are NO beer sales on Sunday.
There is no onsite park parking; however, look for the “event parking” signs for designated festival parking lots. Complimentary shuttle buses will pick-up in each of the designated festival parking lots and shuttles begin 30 minutes prior to the opening of each day and will run throughout festival hours.
Please do not park in non-festival designated lots during festival hours. We don’t want your vehicle to be towed!
Some businesses/organizations do charge for parking and those prices vary – these are not monitored or sanctioned by the GOSF.
The Festival encompasses the entire Park and the only way to get around inside the park is by walking. Due to insurance liability, the Festival Committee may not provide transportation to festival goers via golf carts.
If you have a government issued handicapped sticker/tag police officers will direct you to handicap parking area. Handicap parking is limited and is available on a first-come, first serve basis and fills-up quickly so plan accordingly.
Where to Park:
Richmond Hill Pre-K Campus 120 Constitution Way
Richmond Hill Primary School 471 Frances Meeks Way
Richmond Hill Elementary School 473 Frances Meeks Way
Goodwill/Goody’s 9701 Ford Avenue
Richmond Hill First Baptist Church 9184 Ford Avenue
PARKING LOTS MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.
Lost & Found:
During the festival, items may be brought to the RHBC Chamber tent (located in the front of the park). Any items not retrieved during the festival will be given to the Richmond Hill Police Department.