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This weekend packed with events


 Local veterans including Col. Robert Reitz, a member of the Army Ranger Hall of Fame, Larry Brown of the Strategic Air Command, Suellen Reitz who mobilized for Desert Storm, and Jim Brescia who served in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and earned a Purple Heart, will meet the public at this weekend's Freedom Walk, one of many events going on in town. 

       Visitors to Jasper this weekend will see plenty of activity in and around our downtown as several community service groups will host fun-filled events to raise money for worthwhile causes. 

Beginning at 7 p.m. Friday night in Dragon Stadium, the home football game will kick off against Chamblee at 7:30 p.m. Prior to the game, starting at 7 p.m., this year’s PHS Court will be presented. Also Friday night, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) will host the Red Shoe Gala  from 7-10 p.m. at Chattahoochee Tech to raise money for foster children in  Fannin, Gilmer and Pickens counties. The event will feature door prizes and a silent auction.

Saturday, September 21st will see a host of activities around town. A special event to honor our veterans will be held at Lee Newton Park. Beginning at 9 a.m. there will be a Freedom Ride (motorcycles) leaving from the park followed by the Freedom Walk starting at noon. At 2 p.m. there will be a Jeep-themed Freedom Wheels ride  leaving from the park. [This veterans tribute will see activity on Friday with school classes there.] See ad, Page 12B.

Taste of Jasper United Methodist Church will be held at the church on Saturday morning from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. The event will feature selections of tasty foods along with a silent auction and benefits the church’s mission to Kenya.

On Saturday evening, Prevent Child Abuse Pickens will close a portion of Main Street for their annual fundraiser dinner, Long Table on Main. The formal dinner event starts at 6 p.m.