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So many celebrations, too little time!

August 6, 2009 - Steve Schulwitz
The summer of 2009 is dwindling down, but the area’s calendar is still crammed with celebrations that should lure people away from their homes and hopefully provoke some spending from consumers who have been in hibernation for the better part of a year. The problem for me is, of the three big events going on in Northeast Michigan, which one am I going to attend, and ultimately, which town is going to benefit from my spending? The Alpena County Fair is in full swing, and although I have visited the fairgrounds this week, it was due to business and I didn’t have the time to sample lunch from the local vendors, or visit the Merchant Building for a purchase. It is unclear if I will be able to return. In Hillman, the village will be celebrating VJ Days. There will be a parade, car show and fireworks. I almost feel obligated to spend a few hours (and a few dollars) in the village I am proud to have on my beat. Here is my dilemma. I live in Rogers City and it is hosting its annual Nautical City Festival and because of its proximity to my home, I will probably by-pass the other events and do most of my spending in my hometown. I would love to travel to the other celebrations, but time and funds make it next to impossible to partake in all three in one weekend. I am sure I am not the only person that feels this way. It would be wonderful if the organizers of the events could huddle together and find a way to break the events up. There has to be a way that we can have each event during different weeks. I would attend all three, if they were not lumped together on the same weekend! I believe it would be a plus for local restaurants, stores and hotels to have the schedule more versatile. It would also be a great way to promote other events the cities host throughout the year. That could increase return visits for each town. My schedule is still up in the air and I have no idea where I may end up, but where ever it is the local businesses will be happy I chose their community. Unfortunately I can’t be in three places at once.

 
 

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