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Parade, tree lighting set for this weekend
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Other activities on Saturday

Saturday is shaping up as a busy day in Dawson County. Other events include:

* The Dawson County Humane Society will be holding a Homeless Pet Holiday Event from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the shelter, 633 Martin Road, just past Rock Creek Park.

It will feature food, activities for children and a live band. Pets and owners can also have a photo taken with "Santa Paws." For more information, call (706) 265-9160.

* Dawson County Parks and Rec will be having its annual Breakfast with Santa from 8 to 11 a.m at Rock Creek Gym A.

This joint effort by Chick-fil-A, Walmart and parks and rec will include free activities for kids, such as a various stations for making Christmas lists and ornaments.

Breakfast and photos with Santa combo packages start at $5. Cash only, please. All proceeds to benefit K.A.R.E. for Kids.

* Taste of Dawson is set for 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Dawson County High School.

The biggest fundraiser of the year for the PTO, the event lets guests sample the fare of local restaurants. They can also participate in a silent auction and check out local vendors' crafts.

Entry fee is $5 per person, up to $20 per family. Booths are $25 or vendors can donate an item for the auction.

For more information or to sign up to be a sponsor or vendor, contact Laurie Erickson at


In what officials hope will become a new holiday tradition, Dawsonville will hold its first Christmas parade on Saturday.

Beginning at 4 p.m., the procession will set out from the cemetery on Academy Street and proceed along Hwy. 53 through downtown Dawsonville before ending at City Hall.

Citing a quote from baseball legend Babe Ruth, Mayor James Grogan said the parade was about community and teamwork.

"The way a team plays as a whole determines its success," Grogan said. "You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don't work together, the club won't be worth a dime."

The team to which he was referring includes the city and the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce, which joined together to create the parade.

"With individual stars giving extraordinary effort for a common goal, we have planned an absolutely fantastic parade and tree lighting," Grogan said.

After the parade, attendees are invited to stick around for the annual tree lighting, set for 6 p.m. at the Dawsonville Municipal Complex.

Grogan said visitors can expect race cars, go-carts, floats, horses, tractors, hot chocolate, cider, popcorn, several food choices, entertainment and "of course the man in red, Santa Claus, taking pictures with your little ones."

"Don't miss this opportunity to get out, support your community and get into the Christmas spirit," he said.

Both events are free to attend, but there are some extra costs, such as food and photos with Santa.

For the parade, participation is free, but there will be a $20 fee if you want your entry to be judged after the event.

Those interested in having a float or group in the parade can contact the chamber at (706) 265-6278 or visit for an application.