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Turkey Rama deserves another chance to recapture lost magic

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Don Dix

from the article -- 'When a burgeoning wine industry later came to fuel downtown revival, upscale, tourist-oriented businesses began renovating historic storefronts. And they saw parades, carnivals, food booths and craft vendors as an impediment rather than a boon.'

Parades, carnivals, food booths, and craft vendors, have by nature, attracted a variety from all walks. Upscale -- tourist-oriented -- those simple descriptions, by nature, eliminate or disinterest many of the usual festival-goers of the past.

A community event requires community support. Limiting variety (read fun) will, at the same time, reduce attendance drastically. Basically, if the fun is absent, so the people will be.


I think you pretty much nailed it there, Don.


Don Dix

sbagwell -- the two features of TR in the 70s/80s/90s that dwarfed all other events were the barbeque and the Fireman's Dance. Respectively, both were big fundraisers. 15K lbs. or more of turkey cooked and sold on Sat. -- and 2500+ partying at the dance at Elk's Park later that evening.
Wow, how I miss that fun!

Now throw those numbers in with the 3 day crowded downtown walk and it's a simple case of a high tide lifting all boats -- and that result should be the goal, however it can be accomplished.