HISTORIC PUBLIC SQUARE TO CLOSE FOR FESTIVAL
In a move designed to allow more space for attendees, artists and performers, as well as providing safer conditions for festival goers, Dahlonega's Historic Public Square will be closed to vehicular traffic during Bear on the Square for the first time.
The closing of the square is something that has been done in the past for local festivals and activities, but it's a definite first for the Bear festival. This year's festival is scheduled the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, April 26-27, with some pre-festival activities taking place on Friday, April 25.
"We look upon this as a positive move, as it will allow us much-needed room to accommodate everyone participating in the festival," said Jim White, who serves as chairman of the committee which stages the event. "We will have room to add more artist booths and other festival activities and have more space for jammers, and this should definitely result in a much more comfortable and safer atmosphere for everyone involved. We commend our city officials for allowing us to take this step."
White said all street closings for this year's festival will occur at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 25, and streets will remain closed until 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 27. These are 24 hour-a-day closings. For more specific information, including a downloadable copy of a map showing the streets affected, go to the Info and FAQ section of the festival website (www.bearonthesquare.org) and click on Street Closings & Parking.