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Georgia Magazine July 2014 Dawsonville showcases moonshine and stock cars during the Mountain Moonshine Festival...Read the article
Northeast Georgia Living Magazine Starting on page 22 Eat, Drink & Be Merry "The Blue Bicycle is a culinary delight"  Read the article
Georgia Connector Article Starts on page 29
Annual                    Veterans Day Ceremony Dawson County held it's Annual Veteran's Day Ceremony and Parade on November 11, 2013. It was a very touching experience for all who attended. 

Attached is the link if you would like to view the ceremony
Dawson County Tourism - New Name, New Look
By Richard Lai
posted May 16th, 2013 at 2:35 PM
Dawsonville, April 19, 2013: Tourism is taking a bold step in Dawson County. An industry that generates $1.09 million in annual local tax revenues is changing its look and name in order to better fit the community and tourism attractions it serves. In the March meeting of the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Directors.

Dawson County Winter Charms
April 19, 2013:

Tourism is taking a bold step in Dawson County. An industry that generates $Travelers from the Atlanta region and throughout the Southeast seeking the solitude, long views and coziness of winter's seasonal charms needn't jet away to the Rockies or make the hours-long drive north when the southern Appalachians lie just north of the metropolitan area. A winter getaway less than an hour away offers 50 mile vistas, crystalline streams and towering evergreen forests, world-class shopping and quaint mountain towns decorated with seasonal flair. Dawson County and Historic Dawsonville, just an hour north of Atlanta off Georgia 400 is a destination that has the indoors and the outdoors covered, from the upscale shops of the North Georgia Premium Outlets to the mountain trails and ADA accessible walkways of the Amicalola River.

Wintertime in Dawson County and Historic Dawsonville is a special time of year with lodging that appeals to every traveler. Overnight visitors can stay in one of several quality chain hotels near Georgia 400's shopping and restaurants. For a little more solitude, rent a mountain chalet, stay overnight in Amicalola State Park's lodge or guest cabins or try one of the area's many B&Bs. Views are long and roads are less traveled, offering splendid vistas and solitude that other seasons just can't match. The region's tall mountain ridges cast an early shadow that often calls for another log on the fire and one last look at the sunset before a night sky unspoiled by city lights throws a ethereal glow across everything below.

Winter fun comes in all forms in Dawson County. Average winter temperatures generally range from 40s to high 60s, but a dusting of snow on the higher mountains, or a sunny day on the golf course in the high 70s are not unusual either.

Some will find plenty of excitement along with wild bargains at North Georgia Premium Outlet's upscale stores and the area's many antique, arts and crafts shops, all close to fine dining and recognized restaurant chains. For the slightly more adventurous, area golf courses offer championship golf and nearby Lake Lanier has 39,000 acres of pristine water, hundreds of miles of shoreline with freshwater fishing and exploring galore.

And, the intrepid visitor can take in the countryside passively or actively, touring the back roads and byways that weave between area farms, taking gravel forest service roads into the mountains of Dawson Forest Wildlife Management area and the Chattahoochee National Forest. Or leave the roads behind and take one of the many marked trails in Dawson Forest or improved and unimproved trails along the Amicalola or Etowah Rivers. Nearby Amicalola State Park is a hiker's and back-country trekker's dream destination, with miles and miles of trails including the Springer Mountain approach trail to the Appalachian Trail.

Of course every visitor to the region will learn about the area's unique and colorful moonshine history, from backwoods stills, runners and revenuers to the roots of NASCAR on display in Downtown's centerpiece Georgia Racing Hall of Fame.

No matter the preference, the great indoors or the great outdoors, visitors to Dawson County and Historic Dawsonville have the best of two worlds anytime of year. For more information, visit the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce web site at or call toll-free 877-302-9271.
Dawsonville’s 41st Annual Mountain Moonshine Festival 
The leaves are falling and the mountains are calling, so start your engines and head for Dawsonville-this year's Mountain Moonshine Festival is approaching faster than a 40 Ford loaded with white lightning!

Dawsonville's annual Mountain Moonshine Festival is one of the top festivals in the region, with nearly 500,000 visitors experiencing some element of the free event's car shows, regional food and folk art exhibits. Held on the 4th weekend in October each year, the festival celebrates Dawsonville's colorful mountain history along with all things Appalachian, from moonshine to music and more.

The colorful history of Dawson County and historic Dawsonville spans the American experience, from Native American culture to modern NASCAR heroes like the town's own "Awesome Bill" Elliott. Once an outpost for gold mining and pioneer settlements, the mountain farming community gained notoriety during prohibition, when local farmers with no market for corn turned their skills to making and transporting "moonshine whiskey". The daring "trippers" who drove these illegal loads earned their own reputations as skillful drivers and folk heroes. Movies like "Thunder Road" glorified the era-many drivers and car owners formed the early nucleus of NASCAR and today's racing fans will recognize names like Lloyd Seay, Roy Hall, Raymond Parks and Gober Sosebee. Gone are the days when souped-up cars ran the back roads laden with moonshine, but festival attendees can still hear the tales as former moonshine trippers and revenue agents reflect on their glory days during a storytelling exhibition.

The downtown square and Dawsonville Municipal Complex  will be "pole position" for most of the activities, and car buffs, gear heads and early birds can get in on a steady stream of hot rods and collectible cars coming into town throughout the day. Festivities officially begin with a "cruise-in" on Friday night, October 24th at the municipal complex, co-located with the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame Headquarters. Vintage race cars and "hot rods" will be on site during the entire festival, along with food, entertainment and legendary drivers telling tales from a bygone era.  The celebration cranks back up Saturday morning, October 25th at 8 am on the Dawsonville Downtown Square, and a 9 am parade will feature vintage cars, drivers and historical displays lining the streets of old downtown Dawsonville. On Sunday, October 26th, more cars, more fun, food and festivities continue throughout the day. For more information visit or call toll-free 877-302-9271.
Color Dawson's Fall Flair The leaves of fall turn fast in the Appalachian Mountains, but leaf-lookers who've discovered Dawson County and Historic Dawsonville's fall season have traded long drives in favor of a closer-to-home experience that offers local color in more ways than the reds, golds and browns of autumn. The mountain community is just an hour north of Atlanta, where visitors soon discover that the leaf season is every bit as vibrant and the fall scenery just as magnificent as it is in far-flung destinations further north.

Visitors flock by the tens of thousands each fall to local festivals like the Mountain Moonshine Festival in Downtown Dawsonville or to experience Uncle Shucks Corn Maze off Highway 53 on the way into town. One of Georgia's premier Veteran's Day Commemorations takes place annually on November 11th.

Area Mountains feature a mix of hardwood and conifers that combine into a pallet of color each fall rivaling anyplace in the Southeast. The leaf season also tends to come a bit later in the year than areas farther north, since Dawson County is further south in the Appalachian chain.

Fall in the region is really a combination of seasons, with warm Indian summer days often jolted into an autumn reality with a sudden plunge of the thermometer down to the freezing point and below. Since elevations range from approximately 1,000 feet above sea level to the highest ridges at more than 4,000 feet, the variance in the visitor experience depends on the spot they are standing. In fall, it's possible to hike to a dusting of snow on one of the many mountain trails in the 25,000 acre Dawson Forest Wildlife Management area or Amicalola State Park's Springer Mountain trail approaching the Appalachian Trail, or play a round of golf on one of the championship courses in the valley below. Visitors can shop at North Georgia Premium Outlets and within minutes enjoy the waters of 39,000 acre Lake Lanier or the pristine waters of the Amicalola and Etowah Rivers. Overnight visitors can stay in one of several quality chain hotels near Georgia 400's shopping and restaurants. B&Bs, mountain cabins and accommodations at Amicalola State Park's lodge or guest cabins are also available.
Average fall temperatures range from the 50s to the 70s but savvy travelers know the region can drop to the freezing point or occasionally soar into the 80s.
For more information about summer in Dawson County, visit the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau web sites at or call toll-free 877-302-9271.

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