Unanswered question about the city’s Mountain Moonshine Festival


DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — The K.A.R.E. for Kids 53rd annual Mountain Moonshine Festival experienced a major hiccup at the Dawsonville City Council meeting Monday (Sept. 21).

Nearly two weeks after council members gave the popular event a green light, City Manager Bob Bolz said he was surprised to learn about plans for a parade. In making his report, Bolz said he first learned about the parade when he met with K.A.R.E. for Kids Executive Director Tiffany Buchan and Major Greg Rowan of the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office.

“We did not realize the parade was on,” he said. “That was news to us.”

On hearing Bolz’ report, Councilman John Walden immediately made a motion to hold a special called meeting “to reconsider conditions of the permit” on Tuesday Sept. 29 at 4 p.m. Council members approved the motion unanimously.

Council also approved:

  • A resolution that designates Dawsonville as Bee City USA;
  • A second amendment to the Farmer’s Market that extends the hours it can operate on Wednesdays until 7 p.m. or dusk;
  • A consulting agreement with former Utilities Director Gary Barr, who retired recently that will allow him to work up to 10 hours a week at a rate of $41.75 per hour
  • Approved the appointment of Cody Dinsmore to the Board of Directors for the Dawsonville History Museum;
  • Renewed the trash collection with Red Oak Sanitation for 2021. The rate will increase from $13 per can per month to $13.20 per can per month.



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