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Cave Spring Bacon Fest may offer beer this year

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The Cave Spring City Council may be adding beer and wine to the city’s annual Bacon Fest this year.

Council members took a number of suggestions under advisement during its first meeting of the year Tuesday — in addition to naming Mike Ragland mayor pro tem and setting the qualifying fee for the upcoming city elections.

Martha Crowe, who chairs the special events committee of the Downtown Development Authority, said beer is standard at many bacon festivals around the country because the two go so well together.

The DDA fundraiser is scheduled for April 29 and Crowe’s asking for a decision by mid-February so she can seek donations from local distributers. The alcohol would be limited to a designated area in the community center, she said.

“It’s a fun event, a safe event and a money-making event for the DDA,” she reminded the board.

Mayor Dennis Shoaf also said the council would decide before the end of the month if it can make a $2,600 award toward the historic Fairview School renovations. It would be part of a required local match for a $22,000 state grant.

Joyce Perdue-Smith, chairman and executive director of the Fairview and E.S. Brown Heritage Foundation, said she also would be asking Rome and Floyd County for help.

A preservation plan estimates it will cost $42,000 to stabilize the deteriorating school for black children and the foundation will cover the balance.

Shoaf also set the qualifying fee at $45 for the three council seats up for election Nov. 7. The terms of Ragland and council members Nellie McCain and Charles Jackson end in December. McCain and Jackson just took office after winning special elections to fill vacated seats.