Opinion

October 18, 2013

Festival fun continues

DALTON — Cloudy skies with a slight chance of showers but seasonable autumn temperatures will usher in this weekend’s Black Bear Festival in downtown Chatsworth.

Festivals and the like have been plentiful the past few weeks. The North Georgia Agricultural Fair is continuing in Dalton until next weekend.

But this year’s Black Bear Festival offers something different — albeit somber — to the usual fall festival. The Georgia Law Enforcement Moving Memorial, which displays the names of more than 600 fallen law enforcement officials in the state, will be parked in the Chatsworth City Park area.

For Murray County, the memorial has special meaning. At least two local law enforcement officers are part of the tribute: Chatsworth Police Officer Cole Martin and Murray County Deputy Jacky Head. Both of these deaths occurred since 2003, so the memories of the two men are fresh in many residents’ minds.

The memorial will be available for viewing on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be a formal ceremony on Second Avenue on Saturday at 10 a.m.

The Blue Knight Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club, Georgia Chapter 7, and the Georgia Chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors are in charge of this tribute.

The seventh annual Black Bear Festival is being hosted by the Chatsworth-Eton-Murray County Chamber of Commerce, which has lined up a weekend’s worth of fun for all families.

For a $1 admission, festival-goers will be treated to food and craft vendors, children’s activities, hay rides, costume and pumpkin contests, musicians and other entertainers, and more. Historic sites, such as the Chatsworth Depot, Section House and Wright Hotel, will be available for tours for an additional $5.

Winter weather will be here before you know it, so get out and enjoy outdoor events like the Black Bear Festival while the weather permits.

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