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Property manager thwarts massive ‘rave’

Organizers searching for new venue

POSTED: October 19, 2012 12:41 p.m.

The property manager of a rental home in northern Dawson County put a stop to a massive Halloween party planned overnight Oct. 30 at the resort.

Edwin Alexander on Tuesday said there will be no party at the Jackson Lake House Estate on Wesley Chapel Road near the Lumpkin County line on Oct. 30, contrary to advertisements on the Internet and at various colleges across the state.

Billed as the "biggest Rave/House party of the year," more than 2,800 of the 25,000 invited guests had RSVP'd to the party on Facebook as of Wednesday.

The Facebook event page has since been taken down, though the official party website is still advertising the event and promoting shuttle service to the 8,500-square-foot home that sits on 45 acres with "no neighbors for miles."

"This is the one party this year you don't want to miss," the website reads, boasting DJs playing in three separate areas all night, laser show, foam pit, beer pong and a wet T-shirt contest.

"Strategically placed kegs," a slip 'n slide and "the best fireworks show you can legally buy" are also advertised.

Alexander said he found out about the massive party while researching Luke Blavesciunas, the man who signed a contract in July to rent the 8,500-square-foot home for three days.

"The contract is void because he rented the house under false pretenses. He told me that he and a few of his military buddies were renting the house with their girlfriends. He said there would be about 10 couples," said Alexander, who has been renting out the home for about the last four years.

"It's typically (rented) to families for weddings or family reunions. It's a beautiful home. This is not going to happen. I just want to get the word out that there will be no party here."

Ticket prices for the overnight bash range from $10 for advance purchase to $140 for VIP status.

With a VIP ticket, revelers will be treated to "free alcohol," though promoters have not applied for permits through the county to serve alcoholic beverages.

"I have not spoken with or received anything from anyone regarding the party," said Dawson County Planning Director David McKee.

Alexander has been in contact with the local sheriff's office, which, he said, will be turning people away if they show up for the gathering.

Sheriff Billy Carlisle said he is aware of the situation, which is being monitored.

"From what we've been told, there will be no party there," he said.

According to promoters, all proceeds from the event will benefit the Wounded Warriors fund.

Organizer Joel Dunnington said he and Blavesciunas are scouting new locations for the event, which they say will go on, albeit not at the lake house.

"I'm out checking out places today. I've had a lot of offers - farms - and other things," he said Thursday.

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