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“American Idol” 2018 runner-up Caleb Lee Hutchinson is set to perform April 27 in downtown Dallas. / Special

Visitors to downtown Dallas April 27 can start the day running to benefit the fight against cancer and end it listening to a hometown musician who has gained national prominence.

The day will begin with the eighth annual Dallas 5K Race for a Cure and end with the city of Dallas’ fourth annual CityFest featuring a concert by “American Idol” 2018 finalist Caleb Lee Hutchinson.

CityFest is tied to the Georgia Municipal Association’s annual celebration of Georgia Cities Week which is designed to highlight the work Georgia’s cities do and involve the public in activities, Dallas Mayor Boyd Austin said.

“CityFest gives Dallas an opportunity to invite our residents and neighbors into downtown to enjoy activities and help develop a sense of community,” Austin said.

“We will top off the evening with the concert by hometown sensation and ‘American Idol’ runner-up, Caleb Lee Hutchinson,” he said.

Hutchinson, a South Paulding High School graduate, finished second to Maddie Poppe on the 2018 revival of the long-running music competition show on ABC-TV.

Since he ended his time on the show in May 2018, Hutchinson has released songs including, most recently, “Left of Me” and “Better Now.”

He wrote on his Facebook page he will perform with a full band and will be “playing a bunch of songs I’ve been writing (and) recording these last few months plus a bunch of your favorites.”

“So excited for this one, folks,” he wrote.

Tickets are $10 apiece and can be purchased by visiting www.dallasgaconcerts.com. The general admission tickets are non-refundable.

A total of 4,000 tickets will be offered for sale, with online sales through April 26 and remaining tickets sold at the door, city officials said.

The Will Sam Band will perform as the opening act for Hutchinson at 6:30 p.m.

The concert will be a “rain or shine” event with no makeup dates and no refunds given in the event of rain. Umbrellas will not be allowed; and attendees are asked to consider ponchos or rain jackets instead, officials said in a news release.

“All best efforts will be made to present performances regardless of weather,” a news release stated.

Food trucks and concessions will be on site. No coolers will be allowed.

Low height sand/camping chairs are permitted but organizers are asking for no wagons, strollers, lounge-style chairs or high back chairs, the release stated.

Registration for the Dallas 5K Race for a Cure can be done by visiting www.dallasga.gov/dallas-5k-race-for-a-cure.

The annual downtown 5K race is the city’s fund-raiser for Paulding County Relay for Life and is an official Peachtree Road Race qualifier.

Registration fee is $25 through April 15; rising to $30 after April 15.

Early check-in and bag pickup can be done at Academy Sports in Hiram April 26 from 5 to 8 p.m. Race day registration and check-in starts at 6:45 a.m., with the race beginning at 8 a.m. Anyone choosing to walk the route is welcome, city officials said.

Austin said the city joins with the Paulding Rotary Club to host the 5K race.

“It is part of our promotion of our wellness program for our employees, and proceeds benefit the city’s team at the Relay for Life,” he said.

The Downtown Dallas Merchants Association also will host its annual yard sale, called Picker’s Day, that day as well, he said.

Picker’s Day is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Downtown Parking Lot across from Sal’s restaurant on Main Street. Food trucks will be part of the event.

Gates will open for the CityFest concerts at 6 p.m.

For more information on all events, visit https://dallasga.gov/upcoming-events/.

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