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shucks


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Posted - 08/27/2006 :  12:34:40 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I was unsure as to the correct topic venue for this, so adm. feel free to place in correct topic format.

The festival is gearing up to start shortly. I was by the civic center on another business matter and while there looked out the back door overlooking the "fort"

This may not be a new revelation, but there were 5, yes 5, large wharf rats( I believe the correct name is Norway rats) running around, in and out of the buildings.I am certain there are others that I did not see. Where is the Health Department? Surely, vendors are not going to be allowed to serve food out of these buildings? I would not touch a bite of food served there. Personally, I do not envision passing any kind of health inspection.

I think it is time for this festival to be moved out of town to a more suitable venue with better sanitation controls.

Shucks

ShadowMan

USA
4158 Posts

Posted - 08/27/2006 :  1:18:19 PM  Show Profile  Visit ShadowMan's Homepage  Reply with Quote
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I think it is time for this festival to be moved out of town to a more suitable venue with better sanitation controls.

I think it might be time for you to move away and find a shiny new town that just got built last year. Those condo-created places in Miami or perhaps U.A.E might be just the place.

More reasonable people would recognize there are no food preparation places or storage within the booths there in Fort Sorghum when it's not Festival time. They have to be brought in especially for events like the Sorghum Festival.

It might be more reasonable to note your observation, then wonder aloud what rodent control measures might be taken just before Festival time, or what special rules the food vendors operate in booths like that. After all, every single festival place has to deal with this perennial problem. It was even immortalized in the children's book "Charlotte's Web", which amazingly had nothing to do with the Sorghum Festival.

I don't mind complaints. I complain myself sometimes. I'm doing it now, I guess. What I don't like is the foregone conclusion in your complaints that Union County, Blairsville, the Commissioner, the locals, and now the Fort Sorghum have all gone to hell in a handbasket and that the community is unsuitable to sustain life.

Save yourself. Don't live miserable. Move and find some peace of mind.

Shadow

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fawn

USA
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Posted - 08/27/2006 :  3:48:38 PM  Show Profile  Visit fawn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thank you Shadow!

Some posters need to get a life elsewhere.

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shucks


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Posted - 08/27/2006 :  4:01:38 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I think I struck a nerve! Seems to me that everyone wants to listen to good things and are assuming everything in Union is utopian. As much as some people might like me to leave, I don't think so.

So, if my comments on the forum are not welcome and I do not fit the every thing is rosyin B'Ville profile, so be it.

As for as people bringing in food it make not one iota of difference. a\As a former health inspector for food establishments for the State of Georgia, I would close it down in a heart beat.

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ShadowMan

USA
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Posted - 08/27/2006 :  8:31:31 PM  Show Profile  Visit ShadowMan's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Being pollyanna about everything is not accurate nor constructive. But the reverse, which you practice, is also just as inaccurate and is not only unconstructive, but also destructive.

I'm not a member of the Jaycees and don't have anything to do with the Sorghum Festival except for wearing a T-shirt advertising the event that I bought there a few years back. The nerve you struck is your bashing of Blairsville and Union County. I don't want you to move out for my benefit. I want to move out for your benefit - so you can find this Utopian community that you seem to think exists.

As to the subject at hand, if you know something about Georgia requirements for food distribution in outdoor places (which is what the Fort is) and you don't think it's being followed, follow up with the Health Department - Environmental Services. They've got a man in there working to keep our food establishments safe. If he's not following through, bring it up with the Commissioner. If he's not following through, take it to higher levels in the State of Georgia Health Department. (Added note: I know the Health Department doesn't report to the Commissioner, but my feeling is the Commissioner ought to get first crack at anything before taking it outside the county.)

As the old saying goes, "If you're not part of the solution, then you're part of the problem."

Shadow

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William R. Jenkins

USA
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Posted - 08/27/2006 :  9:24:51 PM  Show Profile  Visit William R. Jenkins's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Is it proper to kill the messenger and let the rats live?WRJ

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ShadowMan

USA
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Posted - 08/27/2006 :  9:30:03 PM  Show Profile  Visit ShadowMan's Homepage  Reply with Quote
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electra

USA
97 Posts

Posted - 08/28/2006 :  06:54:58 AM  Show Profile  Visit electra's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I think it would be devastating for the city to move the festival out of town and plunk it somewhere along the 4 lane or something like that. I would think it would be working against the whole downtown revitalization concept. In fact, maybe the revitalization part could be taken to heart.

The fort seems to be in good enough condition, but the civic center is showing its age. Maybe there could be a SPLOST project to obtain funds to rebuild the civic center on the same site, or give the old one a facelift?

Now, as far as the rats go. With the fort being unoccupied for a large portion of the year, critters are going to move in. All that means is that they need to be eliminated and the vendor spaces cleaned up before the festival. I am sure that is the norm anyway, so it is really a non-issue.

I always look forward to the sorgum festival. I will come up and ride in the parade and then see about obtaining a jar of that heavenly syrup to take home!

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justamom

USA
313 Posts

Posted - 08/28/2006 :  08:12:03 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We are talking about an outdoor festival right, where there are ants and flying insects, dust and everthing that comes with being outside in an old fort?

For sure I would expect that in the vacant times of the year when the fort is not being used and inhabited that rodents may find it their home. It's not like they are going to be there sitting on the food counter during the festival and don't you think they are not behind all the eating places everywhere?

Dealing with all the things that come with an outdoor festiival or fair are just part of it for the venders. I am sure they take every precaution to keep out the pests and keep our food clean and safe. I have never heard of anyone getting sick from food at the sorghum festival, my advice, don't go.

As for moving it out of town, the old fort is the festival! It would never be the same without the old fort and yeah the fort is old and duh it is outside so if you are so worried about the health issues then I have to say take Shadow's advice and become part of the solution.

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William R. Jenkins

USA
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Posted - 08/28/2006 :  09:15:57 AM  Show Profile  Visit William R. Jenkins's Homepage  Reply with Quote
What I dislike about the sorgum festival is the venders offering tobacco products. There are enough spitters in Union county,without their help. WRJ

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Love bugg

USA
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Posted - 10/16/2006 :  1:33:14 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am sorry but if you took the festival out of Union County then what would be the point of having it. It is great that you are telling people about what you saw but if you feel that way about the food then don't eat it and just don't go.

As citizen of this county i moved here to get away from the city life and enjoy the people and the mountain life. If you are wanting fancy, rich town well i might say you should pack up and go back to where you came from.


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I was unsure as to the correct topic venue for this, so adm. feel free to place in correct topic format.

The festival is gearing up to start shortly. I was by the civic center on another business matter and while there looked out the back door overlooking the "fort"

This may not be a new revelation, but there were 5, yes 5, large wharf rats( I believe the correct name is Norway rats) running around, in and out of the buildings.I am certain there are others that I did not see. Where is the Health Department? Surely, vendors are not going to be allowed to serve food out of these buildings? I would not touch a bite of food served there. Personally, I do not envision passing any kind of health inspection.

I think it is time for this festival to be moved out of town to a more suitable venue with better sanitation controls.

Shucks


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shucks


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Posted - 10/16/2006 :  3:17:41 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Love Bugg, reference your post. Your statement speaks volumes.. I will not dignify your statment with a proper rebuttal. This topic has been hashed in forum post going back many weeks and months.


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shucks


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Posted - 10/16/2006 :  3:28:00 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
LoveBugg, before I am pilloried, look at the post under "ChitChat--Sorghum Festival, is it just for locals? You may be enlightened.

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nativelady

USA
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Posted - 10/16/2006 :  3:47:12 PM  Show Profile  Visit nativelady's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Good Grief, People! It's a Sorghum Festival! Lighten up! It's once a year! It's a matter of choice...Got if you want. Stay home if you don't!

"God determines who walks into your life....it's up to you to decide who you let walk away, who you let stay and who you refuse to let go."
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a teach


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Posted - 10/16/2006 :  4:24:08 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Good Grief, People! It's a Sorghum Festival! Lighten up! It's once a year! It's a matter of choice...Go if you want. Stay home if you don't!


I agree with you. The parade was charming and old fashioned.

Mr. Jenkins, people have been chewing and spitting before you were born. I find it less offensive than people who complain about everything.

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