Calvary, Georgia

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Calvary is a census-designated place and unincorporated community in Grady County, Georgia, United States.[1] Its population centers on 100, and is 18 miles from Cairo, Georgia and roughly 20 miles from Tallahassee, Florida. It is primarily farming land, and the massive drought in the Southeastern United States has decimated crops, venturing half a crop yield from 2000.


Calvary has always been a small unincorporated community, with population never exceeding over 250 people at one given time. It is also home to a branch of the Lions Club, which handles the necessary preparations for Mule Day. Mule Day is an annual festival to celebrate how mules shaped the Southern United States. Arts, crafts, and all types of traditional Southern food can be found on the first Saturday in November. Before 2000, the average attendance of the festival ranged from 70,000 to 90,000 people. However, in the recent economic downturn, the attendance levels have dropped to approximately 20,000 to 40,000 people, most being local residents from neighboring counties. Hardly anyone makes the road trip to Calvary anymore.


Coordinates: 30°44′N 084°21′W / 30.733°N 84.350°W / 30.733; -84.350