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29 May 2008 at 11:31 a.m.
It seems like… perhaps the Grand Old West Days committee could re-think the prices of the events that they bring to the community. All the events were so expensive a lot of folks were unable to attend anything that wasn't free! With the high cost of living…you have to be selective where you put your money. I think the committee did a great job bringing in Collin Raye and the motocycle stunt team but if they would have sold tickets for perhaps $10 to $15 for each event then people could come closer to affording to go to the events. Also you have a better chance at filling up the grandstands steats at all the events! After you spend $50 +/- on taking the kids to the carnival you just can't justify spending more.
Perhaps a “wrist band” style weekend would be good? You pay 'X' amount for a wrist band that would get you into all weekends events? Or just think about lowering prices and focus on attendance!
Anyhow, good job to the committee, it's a HUGE job to plan something that big and with the constant weather issues it makes is difficult to press on.
30 May 2008 at 8:56 a.m.
Considering the weather a hinderance, I applaud the Committee for its hard work behind the scenes and the city crews who put in extra time for road blockades and the like. (cutting up the tree that fell in the Alice Pleasant park). Good Job. Thanks to all the vendors who participated and hope to see you, (plus a Few more) back next year.
30 May 2008 at 4:50 p.m.
you call it what you want, but i will call it memorial day weekend. will not even go to the down town festivities until the vets start getting a little more recognition. It is a weekend for the only true heros who gave thier lives for this country. Venders can't even shut down for an hour to honor them on monday?
30 May 2008 at 8:53 p.m.
50cal, who says they can't shut down?? Now don't go telling me I need decaf again. I'm just wondering why you said that. I think it would be hard for them to do that and I only say that because of what they would need to do about all their stuff in order to shut down and go up the hill to honor the departed Vets. If they could get somone they trust to run their booth for them………..well then there wouldn't be a problem, but as I said I am just wondering why you made that comment.I agree with you tho, our Vets, living and deceased are not shown enough respect. Like Bud said at the Home Town Hero's picnic, you don't have to approve of the war in Iraq in order to support our Vets. Enjoy the holiday and even Grand Olde West Days, but don't forget to thank a Vet when you see one.
30 May 2008 at 9:08 p.m.
50cal-Thank You for serving during the first Iraq go round. We were and still are proud of you.
1 June 2008 at 8:32 a.m.
lonely, switch back to the good stuff,I will clarify. They don't shut down. they make no mention of it on the radio or newspaper until after most people have already made plans. I read Bill Hardings posts because I am a vet. so I pay attention to things that might affect me. others are the same way. so finally on friday they post it in the paper or say it on the news. I'm sure that everyones really waiting for the news on friday to make their plans. Maybe everyone could use a little reminder a few days in advance.
On the other hand Monday is only one day of the weekend that was set up to honor our war dead NOT for grand old west days. For what ever reason people want to forget that then thats fine. Look at the articals about gowd see where they mention in advance and get back to me. How about the venders start putting out little signs that say “please honor our fallen veterians today at 11:00 at the cemetary”. Did they start doing that this year? Never did in the past. one damn day out of the year. Sorry that these poor guys don't deserve everyones respect for fighting and dying for everyones freedom. Maybe I should switch to decaf.
1 June 2008 at 10:44 a.m.
One day a year to honor our veterans and all we hear and see in the news and paper is GOWD! In a town of over 10,000, only a few hundred show up to honor vets? parents–-Teach your kids what Memorial Day is about! Oh, yea, I forgot–you don't know either! There is not a national GOWD holiday. It is called Memorial Day. Why????? To pay our departed veterans the honor they deserve. We honor Mothers on Mothers Day. We honor Fathers on Fathers Day. We ignore the Veterans who gave us freedom. Sad, Very, very sad.
2 June 2008 at 7:33 a.m.
Yes it is sad that our youth do not know the meaning of “Memorial Day”… I have to pat myself on the back and thank my parents. I have attended the Memorial Day Services every year for 20 plus years without missing a single year! My children have attended and began to learn the meaning of the holiday since their first year after birth…my oldest boy has now attended 10 years and the youngest is going on 8 years! Come on folks, please teach our children about those who fight for our freedom.
2 June 2008 at 10:25 a.m.
its not just the youth, its everyone, Lonely your probably going to have to talk me down off this one. My own family mostly didn't show up for this, camping was more important than even putting flowers out. brothers live right here in town. I have other family that doesn't, I can understand it when they can't come down. BUT right here in town, I actually have a HUGE family with allot of them living in town. the only ones who could show up were my son and myself. I can remember when this was not GOWD. its hard enough to get people to remember but then to put a kick off to summer on top of that and not even mention it? The people who go up to the services gets smaller and smaller every year. I'm sorry, but they can say it went well all they want (It did go well) I am not that politically correct I guess because I think if you can't remember the people who gave up so much for everyones freedom then your a jackass. Plain and simple.
2 June 2008 at 10:29 a.m.
OK, If I don't forget, cuz my mind likes to do that now and then, I will try to start early and remind people about going up to the cemetary to honor our departs heros.Maybe we should start something new next year too. How about setting up a booth downtown in honor of Memorial Day and maybe have a list of the local men and women who served and have passed away?? Maybe even some kind of information to hand out and teach others just what this day is all about? I'm not really involved with the VFW or the Legion, but I have family members who have served through the years and would be happy to take a turn at running the booth myself. What do you think 50cal? Think we could pull off something like this?And while we're at it, lets not forget to pray for those who are serving now. There is another guy from our community who has just left or will be leaving soon to do a tour of duty in Iraq. Lets keep these people in our thoughts and help out their families as needed.
2 June 2008 at 10:40 a.m.
yes we can, will do, I will talk to some of them see what we can do. always keep those in harms way in your thoughts. Think we will have to go to the GOWD committee? I don't have the 20,000 to hire any firms from denver.
2 June 2008 at 8:08 p.m.
I think this one we can handle ourselves. If not we'll find some funny money and use it!! ;o}
2 June 2008 at 8:41 p.m.
There was a wonderful memorial service at the old Camp Hale. Although it was blowing and cold, there were a few WW II vets who made it up there. That was the original training camp for the 10th Mountain Division that is now in New York State. What hero's!
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