Jones County has hosted the annual fund-raisers for the American Cancer Society for two decades and has raised an excess of a million dollars for cancer research. The Relay For Life is one of the biggest events of the year for the Jones County/Gray community and unites the participants like nothing else. The Relay event is in peril, however, because of state food service regulations. These regulations are not new. They have been part of the Georgia Code since 1998 but they are just now being enforced.
A simple question in a Jones County Board of Health meeting a couple of years ago, by a well-intentioned board member, brought the idea of inspections of food providers at a local festival to light. The resulting food inspections at the Gray Station Better Hometown Daylilly Festival have eliminated local civic clubs, non-profit organizations, and churches that were using the event to raise money by selling food.
The vendors that attend the Daylily Festival are all professional food vendors, and environmental specialist Floyd Comer says those inspections are no longer a problem.
The exception to that is the Pilot Club of Jones County, whose baked goods are not covered by the regulations. For some reason, cookies and cakes fall under the umbrella of the Department of Agriculture.
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