Mayfield visitors center reopens

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The ribbon was cut Nov. 9 to official mark the reopening of the Mayfield Dairies visitors center in Braselton. See more scenes in the photo galleries below.

By KATIE JUSTICE, kjustice@clickthepaper.com

At 9 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 9, the doors of the Mayfield Dairy Visitors Center reopened to the public, with its grand reopening celebration.

The day’s festivities included everything from ice cream stacking contests, free ice cream sampling for the reopening celebration, plant tours and a milking demonstration by Nicole Karstedt from the Georgia Milk Commission.

Crowds began to gather for the ribbon cutting, which took place just after 10 a.m. Scottie Mayfield and Braselton Mayor Bill Orr each said a few words on the value of the visitors center to the local area and community.

“We’re very excited to reopen our visitors center. We have been a very important part of the community and town of Braselton,” said Mayfield.

Once the ribbon was cut, the crowds gathered inside the visitors center where an ice cream tower competition was held between local elected officials.

“We’re going for a Mayfield world record stacking ice cream,” said Mayfield, as the contest began.

Braselton Mayor Bill Orr and Councilwoman Peggy Slappey took on acting Hoschton Mayor Theresa Kenerly and West Jackson Primary School Principal Linda Bell in the first round with Kenerly and Bell building the biggest cone. After about a minute into the three-minute competition, the competitors abandoned their ice cream scoops and began to scoop and mold the cones by hand.

Next, Jackson County Sheriff Stan Evans and the Sheriff-elect Janis Mangum battled Braselton Councilman Richard Mayberry and Braselton Police Chief Terry Esco, with the Sheriff’s team taking first. The winners of each round competed to be the overall winners, with Kenerly and Bell ultimately stacking the tallest cones.

At 10:40 a.m., Scottie Mayfield lead more than 75 people on a tour of the plant, explaining the process of milk production from arrival to packaging.

“It’s just great to be back as a full-fledged member of the community,” said Mayfield, of the visitors center’s reopening.

“We’re just so glad this is back open,” said Cecelia Tanner, who says she used to bring her grandchildren to the visitors center about once a week for ice cream.

It’s become a part of local family traditions, with families frequenting the ice cream parlor.

“I’m excited; it’s good for our town,” said Kathryn Anders, who said her daughter asks to go to the visitors center every time they drive past it.

The visitor center is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with tours beginning at 10 a.m. and lasting until 4 p.m. No tours will be offered on Wednesdays.

On Saturdays, the center will be open from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., with tours running from 10 a.m. and the last tour departing at 1 p.m.

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West Jackson Primary School students were on hand for the reopening event.
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Scottie Mayfield applauds the West Jackson Primary School group taking part in the reopening celebration.
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Scottie Mayfield introduced the Dean Foods representatives and others who were involved in the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
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Scottie Mayfield introduced the Dean Foods representatives, including Robbie Roberts, Jim Rollinson and Matthew Ballard and others who were involved in readying the visitors center for reopening and the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
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Braselton Mayor Bill Orr said he recent more calls about the closing of the visitors center than most any other commuinty issue. He said he was pleased the company and the town, with Town Manager Jennifer Dees actively involved, were able to work together to reach a resolution for a success story.
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Mayor Bill Orr was introduced by Scottie Mayfield.
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The ribbon-cutting ceremony found Braselton town officlals and West Jackson Primary School Principal Linda Bell joined with Dean Foods representatives.
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Mayor Bill Orr holds the scissors ready to cut the ribbon with Mary Williams of Dean Foods on his right and Dawn Thompson, manager of the visitors center, on his left.
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Lots of photographs were made during the grand reopening celebration held Nov. 9.
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There was an air of celebration was the ribbon was cut.
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West Jackson Primary School students wore colorful T-shirts to the event.
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West Jackson Primary School students had been among those who first toured the visitors center when it opened in 1997.
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West Jackson Primary School students filed into the visitors center to be part of the first tour led by Scottie Mayfield.
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Before the ceremonies got under way, Braselton Police, with Chief Terry Esco, and a Georgia State Patrol trooper with K9 had a photo opp.
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Entering the visitors center, West Jackson Primary School students were ready to cheer on their principal in the ice cream tower competition.
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The chalk board inside the visitors center would soon have notes of congratulations.
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West Jackson Primary School students were all smiles.
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A special board thanked those who had been involved with the visitors center update.
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Maurice Koffi, who came up with the design for the shelving to be painted like ice cream sandwiches, was recognized for his efforts. He is a student at Georgia Gwinnett College and is studying biochemistry.
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Dawn Thompson is happy to again be in charge of the visitors center.
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West Jackson Primary School students and others await the start of the ice cream tower-building contest.
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Dean Foods General Manager and VP, Sales and Marketing Mary Williams, left, was at the visitors center for its reopening.
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Before the ceremonies got under way, Braselton Police, with Chief Terry Esco, and a Georgia State Patrol trooper with K9 had a photo opp.
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Braselton Councilwoman Peggy Slappey and Mayor Bill Orr, left, and acting Hoschton Mayor Theresa Kenerly and West Jackson Primary School Principal Linda Bell competed in the ice cream tower competition.
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acting Hoschton Mayor Theresa Kenerly dips out a scoop of Mayfield ice cream as West Jackson Primary School Principal Linda Bell shapes what she hopes will be the tallest cone.
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Braselton Councilwoman Peggy Slappey was teamed with Mayor Bill Orr as they attempted to build a towering ice cream cone.
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The competition is ready to begin.
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Milking the cow was fun for families.
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Braselton Police Chief Terry Esco and Councilman Richard Mayberry teamed up for the ice cream tower competition.
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Jamaison Schuler of Dean Foods returned for the reopening. He had been on hand on the final day the center was open in October of 2011. Al Underwood, right, had led the final tour and is back on tour duty.
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Jackson County Sheriff-elect Janis Mangum and Sheriff Stan Evans teamed up for the ice cream tower contest.
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Chief Esco and Councilman Mayberry competed against Jackson County Sheriff-elect Janis Mangum and Sheriff Stan Evans.
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Braselton Mayor Bill Orr and Councilman Tony Funari at the grand reopening.
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Visitors Center manager Dawn Thompson was all smiles for the reopening which found the visitors center filled with visitors of all ages.
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Scottie Mayfield with Chief Esco and Councilwoman Peggy Slappey and
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Visitors Center manager Dawn Thompson and Braselton Town Manager Jennifer Dees couldn't be more pleased with the center's reopening.
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The theatre was filled for the first showing and tour on reopening day.
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Braselton Visitors Center manager Dawn Thompson, left, and Donna Ballew, manager of the Mayfield visitors center in Athens, Tenn., right, with Maurice Koffi, who painted the shelving to resemble ice cream sandwiches.
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Donna Ballew, manager of the Mayfield visitors center in Athens, Tenn., Maurice Koffi, who painted the shelving to resemble ice cream sandwiches, and Braselton Visitors Center manager Dawn Thompson.
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Donna Ballew, manager of the Mayfield visitors center in Athens, Tenn., Maurice Koffi, who painted the shelving to resemble ice cream sandwiches, and Braselton Visitors Center manager Dawn Thompson.
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Scottie Mayfield said he was pleased the visitors center could be reopened.
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Al Underwood, right, and Scottie Mayfield took visitors on the first tour of the day.
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Got milk? Families could milk the cow.
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Reagan Tatra had her picture made with the cow. She was at the visitors center with her Nana and her babysitter.
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Paul and Mary Jones of Hoschton enjoyed ice cream at the visitors center on reopening day.
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A crowd gathered for the official reopening celebration held Nov. 9.
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Jesi Webb of Flowery Branch gets some Mayfield ice cream with daughter, Abbie.
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Josie Webb, 3, and her 2-year-old sister Abbie enjoyed a cup of Mayfield ice cream.
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Abbie Webb, who turned 2 on Nov. 8, came to the reopening with sister Josie and mom Jesi.
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Josie Webb licks a bit of ice cream off her finger and sister Abbie eats a spoonful.
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Braselton Councilwoman Peggy Slappey reacts after the ice cream tower she and Mayor Bill Orr built fell over. - Katie Justice
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West Jackson Primary students enjoyed their scoop of Mayfield ice cream.
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West Jackson Primary School teachers Aja Corley, Rebecca Nemecek and Tina Johnston cpmpeted in a milk chugging contest.
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West Jackson Primary School teacher Aja Corley was the winner of the milk chugging contest.
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Tina Johnston wipes the milk off her chin after the milk chugging competition.
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Nicole Karstedt of the Georgia Milk Commission provided a milking demonstration.
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The Mayfield cow is again getting visitors.
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Kirk Kennedy and Jayden Palmer enjoyed chugging some TruMoo.
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The ribbon was cut to mark the grand reopening of the Mayfield Dairies visitors center in Braselton. - Katie Justice
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Scottie Mayfield talks to those on the first tour at the Nov. 9 grand reopening of the Braselton visitors center. - Katie Justice
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Linda Bell and Theresa Kenerly were the winners of the ice cream tower competition. - Katie Justice