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Event roundup: Food trucks, UCB Tomato Day and other events this weekend
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With spring finally showing itself around Dawsonville, residents are looking for ways to get out and about and enjoy the beautiful weather. 

If you're looking for something to do as we head into the weekend, check out a few events happening around the county Friday and Saturday. 


United Community Bank's Customer Appreciation Day (also known as Tomato Day)

The bank's Ga. 400 branch will be giving out thousands of hot dogs and several more thousand tomato plants from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 4 to celebrate and thank their customers in the community. 

The annual event draws hundreds of people and according to UCB President James Askew, is a day for seeing friends old and new and giving back to the community. 

Amicalola Regional Farmers Market- Veterans Memorial Park

The Amicalola Regional Farmers Market will open for its second season Friday at Veterans Memorial Park.

The market will be open each Friday from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. through the fall. 

Shoppers can expect goods galore including seasonal produce, honey, soaps, handmade crafts and blankets, jewelry, meat and seafood and fresh dairy.

Friday Feast and Fun- Dawsonville Food Truck Festival

The city of Dawsonville is planning an inaugural food truck festival from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. downtown.

The event will be held on Bill Elliott Street and Tucker Avenue, behind the Purple Corn Boutique and across Shoal Creek Road from the sheriff's office. Both streets will be shut down around the Dawson County News for the festival, but should not impede traffic around the square. 

Along with several food truck vendors, visitors can expect a bouncy house and slide, face painting, balloon animals, corn hole, a booth from Outside the Lines art studio and more. 

The flyer for the event states that there will be designated parking and that the city hopes local residents will take advantage of the new sidewalks leading into town and walk to the event. 


Coffee with the Mayor- City Hall

Newly elected Mayor Mike Eason is hosting a meet and greet from 8:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. May 5 at city hall. 

Eason invites citizens to join him for coffee (or the beverage of your choice) and discuss concerns and ideas regarding the city. 

Relay for Life kart racing fundraiser- Atlanta Motorsports Park

Relay for Life and the Atlanta Motorsports Park as well as the Dawson County Sheriff's Office and Dawson County Emergency Services have teamed up for a benefit go-kart race May 5. 

The DCSO and DCEMS will be going head-to-head in the 'Guns and Hoses' Kart Race at 10 a.m. The race will be the ultimate competition between Dawson County's finest. 

Following at 11 a.m. is the 'Spicy Hot Pursuit,' where the public will have a chance to chase the cops. Entry for the heat is $20. 

Proceeds from the event will benefit Relay for Life of Dawson County.

AMP is located at 20 Duck Thurmond Road. 

For more information or to purchase a ticket for the 'Spicy Hot Pursuit' heat, please call Cameron Lopez at (706) 768-1357 or email 

Dawson Community Chorale Spring Concert

The Dawson Community Chorale is returning for a spring concert at 7:30 p.m. May 5 at First Baptist Church in Dawsonville. 

Hear the concert, then stick around to meet the artists at a reception immediately after. 

Tickets are $10 at the door. Tickets for members of the Bowen Center for the Arts are $8, and students are free. 

Have an event you'd like the public to know about? Email Events that are free or low cost to the public will be placed in the Events section of the Dawson County News print edition.