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These elected officials will climb in a dunk tank for a good cause
Cumming Mayor Troy Brumbalow sits in his office for a portrait photo Wednesday, June 13, 2018, nearly six months after taking office. - photo by Kelly Whitmire

It’s not often that members of the community can legally throw objects at elected officials and even more rare to do so for a good cause.

At a regular meeting of the Cumming City Council on Tuesday, Mayor Troy Brumbalow brought up plans for a dunking booth filled with elected officials and candidates at the city’s Fourth of July festivities at the Cumming Fairgrounds.

Members of the council voted unanimously that proceeds raised from the tank will go to Creative Enterprises Forsyth, a program for adults with special needs.

“I’ve got a long list of elected officials that I’ve twisted their arm to agree to get in there,” Brumbalow said.

Brumbalow said he would be getting in the tank along with City Councilmembers Christopher Light, Chad Crane and Jason Evans; Sheriff Ron Freeman; Clerk of Courts Greg Allen; Forsyth County Commissioners Dennis Brown, Todd Levent, Pete Amos and Laura Semanson; District 25 state Rep. Sheri Gilligan; District 26 state Rep. Marc Morris; and Greg Dolezal, the Republican candidate for the District 27 state Senate seat.

“There’s about six-and-a-half hours’ worth of fun people can have dunking all of us,” Brumbalow said.

Commissioner Cindy Jones Mills will be out of town that day, and Brumbalow said she would instead be donating $200 to Creative Enterprises.

“I think she was anticipating a lot of people throwing at her,” Brumbalow joked.

The dunk tank will be part of an event at the fairgrounds between the Thomas-Mashburn Steam Engine Parade starting at 10 a.m. and the fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Brumbalow said on Tuesday the event would include pizza, hot dog and pie eating contests.

A dance contest will be held at 8:30 p.m.

Admission to the event is $5 for those 13 older and free for those 12 and under.

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