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Bear Festival Ties Record for High Sponsorship Level

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April 11, 2018
The 22nd Bear on the Square Mountain Festival has tied the record high number of sponsors for its annual festivities, which was originally set just last year. This year's event will be held around the town's Historic Public Square in Dahlonega the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, April 21-22.

Richard Davidow, who chairs the Sponsor Opportunities program for the non-profit festival organization, said, "Having this number of sponsors commit for the 2018 Bear festival, and reaching this level for the second consecutive year, is a clear indication of the positive feeling the businesses, organizations and people of this area have for Bear. Staging a free-to-the-public festival this large every year requires a tremendous outpouring of time and financial support. We've always been fortunate to have a large and loyal contingent of volunteers, and sponsorships rank among our most important sources of funding. This is a critical element in our ability to carry out our mission, which is to celebrate and preserve the heritage of the Southern Appalachian region, including the music, traditional craft and folkways."

A total of 24 businesses and organizations signed on as sponsors of this year's 22nd Annual festival, many of whom are repeat sponsors.

There are three major Festival Level sponsors. These include:
   * Medical Plaza 400, a service of Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS)
   * Troncalli Subaru
   * John C. Campbell Folk School
Fourteen Event/Venue Level sponsors were on the listing, including:
   * Founding Sponsor: The Pender Family
   * Heritage Sponsor: Billy Roper Folk Art
   * MainStage Co-Sponsors: The Home Depot Dahlonega and Adams Insurance
      Agency/Country Financial
   * Bears Den Sponsors: Montaluce Winery. Etowah Meadery and Urban Tree Cidery
   * Marketplace Sponsor: LeafFilter
   * Moonlight Jam Sponsor: Jekyll Brewing
   * Workshops Sponsor: United Community Bank
   * Storytelling Sponsor: Southern Order of Storytellers
   * Hospitality Sponsor: Tents, Tents, Tents
   * Auction Food Co-Sponsors: Shenanigans Restaurant & Irish Pub and the Bourbon
      Street Grille
There are seven Artist Level sponsors, including Appalachian Contracting Services of Dahlonega (Ugly Cousin); Dahlonega Funeral Home (Zoe and Cloyd); Foothills Family Medicine (Crooked Mile); Harrison Plumbing of Flowery Branch (Good in the Kitchen); The Smith House (Chuck Nation); SouthEastern Bluegrass Association (Jonathan Byrd); and Southern Soles Footwear & Fineries (Front Country).

Glenda Pender, president and co-founder of Bear on the Square Mountain Festival Inc., said, "We express our heartfelt appreciation to the festival's sponsors for their important role in helping make the festival possible every year. Our event celebrates and focuses on traditional mountain music and art, and our sponsors' support is vital to helping keep alive the heritage of these mountains, a treasure we don't want to let get away from us. Bear on the Square is a non-profit organization, with all proceeds going back into presenting the yearly event and supporting other efforts to maintain awareness of our regional culture."

For more details about the 2018 Bear Festival, including the complete lineup of performers and artists, schedules of all activities (including the yearly Country Auction on Friday, April 20), information about sponsors, and updates between now and the event, visit www.bearonthesquare.org.
Glenda Pender, President
(706) 864-7817


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