JASPER, Ga. – The City Council approved three major events for the Jasper Merchants Association (JMA) accompanying closing of Main Street in Downtown Jasper.
Usually spread across the entirity of the Fall Season as the JMA requests the road closure for these events, this year, with the help of City Manager Brandon Douglas, they made one request including all three events. Citizens should be aware of this road closure for the following days:
Thursday, October 31, 2019, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. for the Halloween Event.
Saturday, December 7, 2019, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. for the Christmas Parade, with the parade to start at 6 p.m.
Tuesday, December 31, 2019, from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. for the New Year’s Eve Celebration.
Not associated with the JMA, Main Street will also be closed for the Prevent Child Abuse Pickens Long Table event on September 21, 2019, from Noon until midnight.
The city has received four bids for their paving contract for road paving. The apparent low bidder came to be Northwest Georgia Paving, Inc. with a bid of $1,217,062.50. Approved by the council, the paving contract has been awarded.
Tuesday, September 25th!
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JASPER, Ga. – The Jasper City Council’s August meeting saw a change in the traffic direction for this year’s Marble Festival in October as well as for the popular JeepFest event starting at the end of August.
Haley Bouchie, President of the Jasper Merchants Association, presented a request to close a portion of Main Street during the festival. The road is already to be closed for the Road Race and the Parade that are scheduled for the weekend’s festivities. The new request would see the road staying closed from 6 a.m. on Saturday to 6 p.m. on Sunday evening.
Bouchie stated the joint venture between the Jasper Merchant’s Association and the Pickens County Chamber would have security for the vendors on the street overnight. The request was made last year as well but denied. After several close calls with the traffic and pedestrians, according to Bouchie, they have returned with the request for this year’s festival.
Bouchie also told the council that they would be working alongside the merchants on the street to improve and increase their foot traffic despite the loss of the parking spaces on the street.
Expanding the Marble Festival up to Main Street cause a large discussion on how to get traffic around the closed street including Dixie, Mary, or even Whitfield streets. Sitting down with police and businesses to discuss traffic by foot and vehicle were assured to be forthcoming in preparation of the event.
Ultimately approved by unanimous decision, the event will see the road closed to traffic from 6 a.m. on Saturday, October 6, to 6 p.m. on Sunday evening, October 7.
The same request came for September’s JeepFest event asking to close Main Street for a “Show & Shine” of Jeeps lined up on the street. City Manager Jim Looney presented a letter from Kris Stancil of the Picken’s County Sheriff’s Office requesting the closure of the street on Friday, August 31, starting at 5 p.m. and ending at 10 p.m. after a concert.
This is not the first time this request has been presented, having been done for years now. The request was approved for the event. Mayor John Weaver commented saying that the Jeeps take over all of Main Street with hundreds of Jeeps lined up down the road for the Show & Shine.
An additional request came from Wingsology for the JeepFest event. Requesting an outside beer and wine license, Wingsology is also a request from previous years.
The council approved the request unanimously as well.
With these events coming up quickly, citizens should be aware of the closures of Main Street during these events as to avoid congestion as they seek to travel through town or attempt to find parking. Shuttles are also being made available for the Marble Festival specifically. Citizens can find the shuttle areas by visiting the Marble Festival Website.
Jasper, GA – At this month’s Jasper City Council Meeting, Paul Poore of Jasper Merchants Association discussed the idea of having a new downtown event on November 4, 2017.
Poore has been working with Georgia Z Club and Fair Lady Alliance of Atlanta to arrange the event. Together the groups would bring 70 new model sports cars to the event, for a car cruise-in, in downtown Jasper.
Main Street would be blocked off from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. to allow different musicians to play, sponsored by Mountain City Auto Parts, and the variety of sports cars.
Poore also explained to the council that the groups coming to town plan to book local hotels and have a wine tasting on Sunday at local vineyards. This would allow both groups to see what Jasper has to offer, being that they are looking to use Jasper for one day of their National Convention next year.
The City Council made the decision to approve the event.
FYN will have more details on the event as it progresses.
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Main Street in Downtown Jasper was founded in 1857. For 159 years it has been the place to shop local and bring the family to share in the variety of events that have continued to build a bond with the community. In the most recent decade as the population and progress has grown, Main Street in Jasper has slowly started to fade away. Our Main Street needs help, not just from outside our community but from within to revitalize and become prosperous again. Please Vote for Main Street Jasper, GA so that we can continue helping our locally owned businesses strive and be a part of our Buy Here, Shop Here, Local philosophy.