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Posted: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 12:00 am

Local food samplings and decades-themed dancing are both upcoming in Social Circle.

The first event is A Taste of Social Circle, which will be Friday, April 20, at Friendship Park. The event, in its third year, showcases the culinary chops of local restaurants and citizens alike.

A few of the restaurant participants will be Blue Willow, Buckeyes, Sacred Grounds, Willy’s Mex Mex, Goodfellas, Hong Kong Garden, Jessicakes and Candy Cakes. Others include the Girl Scouts, the Kiwanis Club and the Social Circle High School bands and wrestling groups.

“This is just an event to spotlight our restaurants,” said Velinda Hardy, Social Circle's Downtown Director, “We want everyone to realize what’s in their own backyard.”

The event is especially useful for new businesses, like Sacred Grounds Corner Cafe. The cafe moved in last summer, so this the first year they have participated in the event. Cindel Strafford, the cafe’s owner, said that she’s heard from previous participants that people come from all around, helping to raise the profile of Social Circle restaurants.

Attendees can peruse the food stands, listen to live music and play yard games with their friends and families. There will be giant Jenga and dominoes, as well as bouncy houses and a live DJ.

“Our focus is to get everyone to put down their phone and a talk to your neighbors,” Hardy said.

Bell-bottom jeans, flapper girls and tie-dye should be on display at the Social Circle Main Street Downtown Drawdown will be at 6 on Friday May 4th at the Standridge Color Conference Center on Ashley Drive. Everyone should come dressed as their favorite decade.

Tickets, which must be bought in advance, are $100 per couple, and only 300 will be sold. All proceeds will help improve downtown Social Circle, through additions like banners, benches and flower boxes.

“All that money stays here,” said Hardy.

There will also be a $5,000 cash prize up for grabs by reverse lottery. A big board has all the names of the attendees; once a name is called, it gets pulled off the board. The last name on the board takes the prize.

Tickets can be bought at the Social Circle Welcome Center or by emailing Hardy at vhardy@socialcirclega.com. She said she would be happy to d

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