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Because It’s June

American sportscaster and writer Al Bernstein said, "Spring being a hard act to follow, God created June." This month follows the spring storms as the gateway to summer, and June also heralds another great season of community events and exciting developments in the "Coolest Small Town in America."

To be honest, it is difficult to know where to start, so let's begin with the Canton Farmers Market (CFM) that celebrates its opening day on June 4 in Brown Park and runs every Saturday from 9:00am-12:30pm through October 15. In a recent article and guide to 2022 metro farmers markets by the AJC, Canton's market was the opening feature story. The CFM grows (pun intended) bigger and better every year, and 2022 promises to be the best season yet.

The most popular event in the area, Downtown Canton's First Friday series, began last month and will continue through October with an amazing lineup of bands, food and beverage vendors, children's activities, and of course — Canton's ever-growing list of celebrated restaurants and shops. From Mama O's to the Mill and everywhere in between, downtown, like June, will be busting out all over with residents of all ages rocking, rolling, and strolling from one exciting merchant to another.

And speaking of rocking, Canton's River Rock Summer Concert Series at Etowah River Park kicked off on May 21, and the Celebrity All-star Band will perform at the second concert on June 18. Two other concerts will feature Smokey Jones and the 3 Dollar Pistols (July 16) and Electric Avenue (August 27). As always, the concerts are FREE and family friendly, so bring your lawn chairs, coolers (no glass), and friends to rock by the river.

Of course, these are just a few of the many events coming to our great city this summer. In addition, we have so many more exciting developments to anticipate. Construction of the new Cherokee History Center is nearing completion, and final touches are being made to exhibits and programming elements. This state-of-the-art museum will open soon, bringing even more attention to Canton and the rich history of Cherokee County.

By August, weather permitting, visitors to downtown will have new and expanded parking options in the City's Archer Street deck. Parking will be FREE, and the deck will initially include 10 solar-powered electric vehicle-charging stations. The solar canopy will also provide energy to power City Hall and reduce utility costs.

I'm sure everyone has noticed the construction across the river from The Mill on Etowah. This is for a sewer line replacement with a trail on top that will connect Heritage to Boling Park. When completed, Canton residents and visitors can walk along the river on one trail that connects our three largest parks — from city limit to city limit.

Trust me, I could keep going, but my word count is limited! Visit City of Canton GA on social media to sign up for our e-news updates because, like spring, Canton is a hard act to follow! 

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