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Dawsonville celebrates Georgia Cities Week

POSTED: April 23, 2014 4:00 a.m.
David Renner Dawson Community News/

Dawson County Sheriff’s Capt. Tony Wooten shows Damian Walls, 3, how the siren works during the city vehicle display April 17.

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Dawsonville was among more than 500 cities in Georgia to celebrate a weeklong event showcasing the various municipalities in the state.

April 13-19 was designated Georgia Cities Week by the state, with the theme "People, Place and Purpose."

The week served as an opportunity to spotlight city government and what the city has to offer.

Dawsonville participated in the week-long event with banners in the downtown area, an "If I were Mayor" writing contest, Dollar Lunch Day, Race Day at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame and a city vehicle display.

Monday saw the winners of the "If I were Mayor" essay contest from Dawson County Middle School. Winners Carsen Perry, E.J. Elliott and grand-prize winner Katelynn Cagle, all sixth-graders, were awarded with a tour of the city council chambers, having their essays on display at city hall and gift cards.

Tuesday's "Dollar Lunch" day drew a crowd. Citizens braved the rain and formed a line outside city hall for Pool Room burgers, hot dogs and fries, as well as Chick-fil-A sandwiches, for $1.

Wednesday drew crowds in the evening to the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame for not only free admission to the hall of fame, but inside, race fans got to meet NASCAR's Chase Elliott.

"We were blessed to have our hometown hero Chase Elliott here signing autographs and passing out pictures," Grogan said.

Finally, the city wrapped up its event on Thursday with a show of the city's implements and vehicles used to keep things in working order.

The vehicles drew kids such as 3-year-old Damion Walls from around town to see the tractors, ambulances, fire trucks and police cruisers.

"I love tractors," said Walls, as he ran from one vehicle to the next.

Mayor James Grogan deemed the week "a great success."

"It is our pleasure in being one of the 525-plus cities in the great state of Georgia," he said.



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