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To buggy or not to buggy: Decision on festival due Thursday

The fate of the annual Buggy Days festival will likely be determined at a meeting of stakeholders set for Thursday at 4 p.m. at the Barnesville Library. Small businesses and others which benefit from the event are aligned on one side of the fight with health and public safety officials on the other. Other cities are moving forward with similar events, chamber of commerce president Melissa Lee noted. The Yellow Daisy Festival in Stone Mountain and the Doc Holliday Festival in Griffin will go on as scheduled in September. Buggy Days was shut down last year due to the virus at considerable cost to the chamber and the local economy. If it does proceed this year, the annual concert will be held at Summers Field Park on Saturday night with fireworks. That would be the first concert held at the park. The Miss Buggy Days Pageant at the Fine Arts Center Sept. 11 is a go. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the first contestants hitting the stage at 9 a.m. Masking and social distancing are highly encouraged. Contestants must come dressed as there will be no dressing room access due to the virus. For more information, call Krystal Haneline at 678-972.4599 or the chamber office at 770.358.5884.

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