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The Amicalola Regional Farmers Market's Spring opening day, which was planned for Saturday, April 18, in Dawsonville, has been indefinitely postponed after a series of setbacks and health concerns due to COVID-19.
With the rain that drenched Georgia during planting season, farmers were unable to get their crops planted in time for the proposed opening day, according to Louise McPherson of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Coupled with the public health emergency posed by COVID-19, it was decided that the market must be postponed until a later date, McPherson said.
"We are going to have to postpone the opening until we have enough fresh produce to do so," McPherson said in an email to the Dawson County News. "I wish we could give you a date on that, but at this time we have no way to know when that will be. That will be determined by the weather and the wellness of the community."
This would have been the first farmers market to be held at the new market location near Main Street Park and Dawsonville City Hall.
Dawson County Relay For Life, which was scheduled in the same space on Friday, April 17 has also been postponed due to COVID-19, according to spokeswoman Nicole Stewart.
Stewart said that Relay for Life will now be held on Sept. 18 at the same location near Main Street Park.