Staff Photo: John Bohn Dominique Wilkins shakes hands with Jocelyn Dudley of Norcross during a celebration of the cityhood of Peachtree Corners Saturday afternoon. Food trucks from Atlanta made a first ever visit to this area of Gwinnett County.
PEACHTREE CORNERS -- Mayor Mike Mason split a bacon-infused waffle with his wife Debbie, salivating over the tasty treat as a councilman sidled over with a blueberry lemonade popsicle.
Just days after their first ever council meeting, the new city officials were celebrating Saturday alongside their constituents, as the Atlanta Hawks brought a mini-festival and food trucks to a side street in Peachtree Corners to mark Gwinnett's newest city.
"It starts getting people thinking about (city events)," Mason said, as he cut into his waffle. "It's good that there is a community for (the Hawks) to come to."
Debbie Mason was taking mental notes of the food trucks parked along a city side street, as she was helping to organize the upcoming Peachtree Corners Festival, which will be held the weekend the new city becomes official, June 30 and July 1.
She is a fan of the new trend to bring gourmet food in a van, and she hopes to have a few of the trucks back for the festival.
"Watch the Food Network. It's the hottest thing," she said.
Anne Burton, a Peachtree Corners resident since 1980, brought her sister along to enjoy the festivities. She has watched every step in the cityhood process, including the recent city council elections, and she wanted to be a part of the celebration, too.
"It's really hard to tell so far (if the city will be a success). We don't get into it for real until July 1," she said. "We just think this is a very nice place and we want to keep it a certain way and have some say in it. ... We feel it was worthwhile."
The ladies splurged on Saturday, eating their festival favorite, a hot dog.
For another local resident, Fannie Curry, the main attraction was the sports team, which brought legendary player Dominique Wilkins to the festival, and set up hoops for the kids to play.
As her granddaughters participated in a cheerleading clinic, Curry talked about the future of the new city. She didn't vote in the election, since she moved in a month before.
"I have no choice, since it passed," she said. "But if it's going to make things better, then that's good."