Euharlee council considers shorter fall festival
by Neil McGahee
Jun 18, 2014 | 1179 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In the five minutes necessary to move the Euharlee City Council’s work session from a call to order to adjournment, one topic was discussed and another was tabled.

Mayor Pro-Tem Steve Worthington, acting in Mayor Dennis Thayer’s absence, addressed a discussion about the length of the fall festival.

Presented annually by the city, the Euharlee Covered Bridge Fall Festival has traditionally been a three-day event kicking off Friday evening with a concert and continuing until Sunday afternoon. The festival features more than 60 vendors and exhibitors, a variety of concessions, rides and live music in the pavilion. Last year’s festival attracted more than 3,000 visitors.

But a three-day event presents a problem.

“Last year, the Sunday attendance was very poor,” said City Manager Trish Sullivan. “We surveyed the vendors and they said they did not want to continue with the three days. Many of them had conflicts on Sunday with church or other commitments and they wanted to just have a Friday-Saturday festival.”

Council voted to add the proposal to the July regular meeting agenda and vote on it.

The other topic of discussion was a quote for carpet to be installed in the old City Library.

“This item will have to be postponed because of an indiscretion in the bids that had people bidding oranges against apples,” Worthington said. “We are going to have to reconstruct the bid process and rebid it.”

The Euharlee City Council will meet next on Tuesday, July 1, at 7pm at city hall.