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August 26, 2008

Fall fun in downtown Dalton

Downtown Dalton will be hopping with activities this fall.

Members of the Downtown Dalton Development Authority reviewed a list of planned events during their monthly meeting on Tuesday, including the organization’s annual town hall meeting and a cycling race through the streets of downtown.

The town hall meeting will be Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. at Rock Bridge Community Church’s Stage 123, the church’s multipurpose facility, 123 W. Gordon St. Attendees can give input about downtown and also receive an update from board members on their progress this year.

The Downtown Sampler tour of restaurants returns on Sept. 25. At this event, attendees go from restaurant to restaurant tasting food.

“I know the last one turned out good, so I’m assuming this will be a larger turnout just because of word of mouth and the weather will be a lot cooler,” board member J.T. Finley said.

The Raisin Hope Foundation’s fundraising efforts will reach downtown Dalton during the first weekend of October. Following the foundation’s benefit ride on Oct. 4 through Murray and Whitfield counties, the “Tour the Town Criterium Race and 5K run/walk” will take place downtown the next day. The run/walk begins at 7:30 a.m. and the course follows a loop through downtown. At 9 a.m., the 1K cycling event gets under way with the start/finish line at Hamilton and Gordon streets. There will also be an expo, food and entertainment. For information on this event, visit www.saulraisin.com.

The Liberty Tree festival will be Oct. 16-19. During the American Revolution, rebels met beneath “liberty trees” to plan their revolt against England. The trees slowly died. Before the final liberty tree fell in Maryland in 1991, a conservation group saved seeds and created 14 new liberty trees, one for each of the original 13 British colonies and one for the White House lawn. Two years ago, Georgia’s Liberty Tree was planted on the lawn of Dalton City Hall.

Rock Bridge Community Church will hold its fall festival on Oct. 29.

The annual Kiwanis Club pancake day returns to Dalton Green on Nov. 1, followed by a continuation of the DDDA’s Holiday Open House, which takes place during the weekend. At 5 p.m. on Nov. 1, the local Shriners club will have a parade.

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