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Return of a tradition? Commissioners to decorate downtown gazebo
Forsyth County Commissioners voted this week to return to a county tradition by decorating the gazebo in downtown Cumming. - photo by Brian Paglia

With the holidays approaching and many of the city of Cumming’s decorations up, Forsyth County will be putting up some lights of their own in downtown Cumming.

At a work session this week, Forsyth County Commissioners approved allowing County Manager Eric Johnson to use discretionary funds to purchase lights and direct county staff to decorate the gazebo outside the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office Headquarters, the old Forsyth County Courthouse.

“With the city doing decorations, it was brought up to me on Facebook that it used to be, historically, that Forsyth County used to decorate the gazebo, and [asking] ‘Why did we not decorate the gazebo anymore?’” said District 4 Commissioner Cindy Jones Mills.

Chairman Todd Levent said he had no opposition to the plan, calling it a good idea.

Mills said the former festivities also had a particular type of music, which she joked that she should arrange.

“They said there used to be the barbershop quartet, they would sing and do things,” Mills said, before responding to another commissioner saying there were no quartets in the area. “I did get a barbershop quartet to sing at the national day of prayer, which they would … love to do something.”