Editorial: Building off momentum
June 2, 2010
Varied activities, quality planning and the weather’s cooperation made the latest installment of Grand Olde West Days a fantastic event. With other community events on the horizon expected to bring in tourists, it’s important our community put its best foot forward.
Fresh off a weekend that included the fun and family-friendly Grand Olde West Days to the dignified and respectful tributes of Memorial Day, congratulations and thanks are in order to the organizers of both.
There was a little something for everyone this weekend, whether it was the full lineup of Grand Olde West Days activities, or the remembrance tributes to America's fighting servicemen and women orchestrated by American Legion Post 62 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265.
In the Editorial Board's opinion, the local community couldn't have asked for better events from organizers, or participation from the community.
Thousands of people attended various parts of Grand Olde West Days, and between 150 and 200 people paid their respects during Monday's Memorial Day service at Craig Cemetery.
And, to top it off, the weather cooperated for once on what is typically a rainy weekend.
For the outsider forming an opinion of our community based off the weekend, it would have been difficult to come away without positive things to say.
That kind of positive impression bodes well for our community, earning return trips in the future from tourists, which, in turn, bolsters the local economy.
Putting good effort and organization into events is a relatively easy way to foster economic development — a must in today's difficult economy — and hopefully the weekend's events pay future dividends.
But, the good showing can't end at the weekend for our community.
It's imperative that the momentum from Grand Olde West Days builds and carries over to other events this year.
Grand Olde West Days organizers threw some new wrinkles into this year's celebration. By and large, those new elements were well received by the public.
That's a lesson other event organizers should take note of, as well — the same old stuff can get stale in a hurry, so don't be afraid to tweak the formula now and again.
Kudos to Grand Olde West Days organizers for keeping the event's foundation in place, but adding some new twists and turns here and there.
It's the Editorial Board's contention that Craig and Moffat County has the events and amenities in place to provide residents and tourists alike with quality events, and keep them coming back year after year.
Some new offerings here and there — and some breaks with the weather — can only add to them, to which Grand Olde West Days organizers can certainly attest after their successful venture this weekend.