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October 08, 2013
ALPHARETTA, Ga. – It was definitely "5 o'clock somewhere" in downtown Alpharetta last Friday night, Oct. 5. The Alpharetta Business Association (ABA) sponsored its third fall Brew Moon as a social event to bring people to the downtown area. More than 2,000 people showed up to eat, drink, listen to live music and have fun.

People poured into the blocked off area on Milton Avenue to enjoy food from vendors that included pizza, brats and hot dogs, Mediterranean fare, barbecue, smoked turkey sandwiches and gourmet cookies. There were six different types of beer on tap, including Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin and Warsteiner Octoberfest.

To entice people who bought tables to bring embellishments to heighten the festive atmosphere, a prize was awarded to the best decorated table. One couple brought their Parrothead paraphernalia that included an inflatable pink flamingo, miniature decorative flip flops and a small blackboard that read, "It's 5:00 somewhere." They were there to have a good time and won the table prize as well.

There were two bands to entertain the crowd. The first was The Old School Horn Band, Alpharetta's classic rock, rhythm and blues band that specializes in hits from the '70s. They started off the evening with two hours of lively hand-clapping, sing-along music.

By the time 9 p.m. rolled around and A1A, the official and original Jimmy Buffett Tribute Show took to the stage, everybody was ready to rock and roll. Most of the people could sing all the words of the songs. There were plenty of people ready to put on their dancing shoes and shag, swing or shuffle to the beat of the music.

The ABA, It's My Party, Appen Media, the Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau and the city of Alpharetta sponsored the event. Local citizens expressed their thanks and can hardly wait until the first weekend of December when the Christmas Market will come and provide a tree lighting, snow to play in and Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus.

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