Our View: Where were they from?
Whittle the Wood and Car Show drew a crowd, but with those events behind us, it's worth learning where visitors came from.
The 10th annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous, along with the Moffat County Young Life/Colorado Cruisers Car & Motorcycle Show, worked in tandem last weekend to provide our community with wonderful recreational events for local residents and out-of-town tourists alike.
On the heels of those events, which drew an estimated 5,000 people, it’s worth commending Whittle and Car Show organizers for their efforts in offering the events.
Both were entertaining, well-received by visitors and showcased Moffat County in a positive light to those who may not have been familiar with our community, the Editorial Board contends.
The weekend’s events were good enough, in fact, that they should be developed further and bolstered with one goal being to give our community more financial benefits than they do now.
One suggestion the Editorial Board has is for organizers to somehow poll event visitors and learn where they are coming from.
No doubt that among the 5,000-some people who attended, there existed a considerable Moffat County presence.
But it’s also logical to assume that not all in attendance were from here, and it’s those out-of-town destinations that organizers should be well aware of.
If they know where people are coming from, they can better promote Whittle the Wood and the Car Show in those towns and cities and perhaps increase attendance next year.
Because, as it’s reasonable to believe with out-of-town tourists, chances are good that they’re not just going to be at the events during their stay. They’re going to eat at our restaurants, shop at our stores and perhaps lodge at our motels and hotels.
They’re going to spend money, right here, in Moffat County, which benefits our businesses, which benefits those businesses’ owners, their employees, and the trickle-down effect goes on and on.
Whittle the Wood, in particular, is a unique and special event and something our community has that few others do.
It’s a facet of our community, one of our identifying fingerprints, if you will, and the more that can be done to broaden it, the better off the event and our businesses and residents will be.
The Editorial Board hopes that organizers put the same diligent effort into next year’s events as they did this year, with one small change eyed toward improving it in the future.
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