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Food trucks, recycling: here's what's happening in Cumming this weekend
Food Truck Fridays
School Street was lined with food trucks and hungry visitors Friday evening for the first Food Truck Fridays hosted by the City of Cumming. Patrons were also able to explore the Cumming Playhouse and the historic Brannon-Heard House. - photo by Jim Dean

The second year of a new city of Cumming tradition and a recycling event for hazardous materials will be happening in downtown Cumming this weekend.

After getting a good response from the community last year, the first Food Truck Friday event of 2019 will be held on School Street on May 3 starting at 5 p.m. and will give those in attendance a chance to try foods from several vendors, as well as enjoy music, golf cart rides and other festivities.

“It’s a laid-back, relaxed atmosphere and the kids will be out playing,” said Mayor Troy Brumbalow. “We’ll have the [city’s Cars-themed] golf carts there: Tow Mater and Lightning McQueen with free rides for the kids. We block off Pilgrim Mill Road in that area and School Street.”

Pilgrim Mill will close between Pirkle Ferry and School Street from 4-8 p.m., and traffic will be detoured through Dahlonega Street and Ingram Avenue.

Food trucks for Kona Ice, the Mercedes-Benz Stadium Truck (which offers fan favorites from the home of the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United) and Blaxican (offering Mexican-soul food fusion) will be at the event.

Brumbalow said across the street, at the Brannon-Heard House, the Sawnee Association of the Arts will have art exhibits open during the event.

Food Truck Fridays will also be held on June 7 and Aug. 2.

There is no admission to Food Truck Fridays and parking is available at the Mason Street parking deck and Cumming City Hall.

How to get rid of hazardous waste

On Saturday, Keep Forsyth County Beautiful, the city of Cumming and Forsyth County will host a hazardous waste recycling and disposal event from 9 a.m. at 1 p.m. at the Cumming Fairgrounds parking lot 3, located at 235 Castleberry Road.

“This event provides a great opportunity for residents to responsibly recycle household hazardous materials,” Forsyth County Environmental Program Manager Tammy Wright said in a news release. “Things that people use every day, such as cleaning supplies and paint cans, can be hazardous not only to people but the environment if not disposed of properly.”

Items that can be thrown away include batteries, chemicals, cooking oil and grease, electronics, oils, paints, automotive products, fire extinguishers, pool chemicals and more.

Medical waste, pharmaceuticals, ammunition and explosives and non-hazardous items will not be accepted.

There is no charge to drop off waste, but a minimum $5 donation is requested to support KFCB. The number of items accepted will be limited to what will fit in the trunk of a car, back of an SUV or a single layer of items in the bed of a pickup truck. Items cannot be disposed of ahead of the event.