Editorial: Whittle all the way

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Craig Editorial Board, Jan. to March 2012

  • Al Cashion, community representative
  • Jeff Pleasant, community representative
  • Bryce Jacobson, newspaper representative
  • Bridget Manley, newspaper representative
  • Chris Nichols, community representative
  • Josh Roberts, newspaper representative

Our View

Latest installment of the Whittle the Wood Rendezvous was a tremendous success, and credit should go to event organizers. However, the behavior of some was poor and should be curtailed to keep Whittle family-friendly in the future.

Last weekend’s Whittle the Wood Rendezvous was a highly entertaining, quality event that the Craig and Moffat County community should be proud of, and organizers should be praised for putting together, Editorial Board members contend.

The event, hosted at Craig City Park, complemented by the Bear River Young Life & Colorado Cruisers Car & Motorcycle Show, and headlined by the Blue Oyster Cult’s free public concert, drew thousands of visitors, perhaps the most in its history.

In most ways, it put Craig and Moffat County in a good light to visitors, an achievement that shouldn’t be underestimated and one that is vital to continued economic development.

The only flaw to this event, board members contend, is that the daylong festival seemed to draw some poor behavior and choices out of some residents. Of course, alcohol seemed to be a common denominator for the people who could have made better choices Saturday.

But, don’t misunderstand the board: Whittle the Wood was a fantastic success and the actions of a few shouldn’t overshadow the event as a whole.

The board’s opinion isn’t that organizers should do a better job monitoring visitors — adults shouldn’t need babysitters.

Rather, this is a plea to those few to keep in mind that Whittle, or any other community festival, is billed and promoted as family-friendly. Actions to the contrary hurt the event and could possibly keep people from coming back.

But, Whittle was largely positive, so enough about that.

The Editorial Board is encouraged by this year’s success and hopes organizers continue to build off the event’s momentum through aggressive promotion, advertising and maybe even event expansion.

This version of the board also stands by points made by past Editorial Boards, that a guide of the Whittle carvings needs to be developed so visitors know where to check out the artistic works year round.

This is just one more way to capitalize on what is Craig and Moffat County’s signature attraction, and perhaps one of the most popular in all of Northwest Colorado.

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