Editorial: Fun Fest site change idea gets an airing
The New Richmond City Council was to meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 31, for a special meeting to consider proposed changes in the location for Fun Fest.
Count me as one of the critics of the plan from day one. But the more I look at the proposed new site in front of St. Croix Press and WITC, the more I think it just might work.
Initially I was worried about taking the big community festival out of the downtown district. It's always a good thing to keep a community's focus on the central business district in town.
But the site along Cyclone Park will, in my opinion, provide even greater visibility for the festival and improve parking options for attendees.
The one big concern that remains in my mind is the entertainment stage, which will be installed just a few feet from a busy Highway 65. With any musical performance, the sound of cars and motorcycles buzzing by can be a huge distraction.
A second concern, that I think is being addressed, is fencing along the festival grounds to deter any young Fun Festers from venturing into traffic.
A smaller concern is people who may choose to park on the east side of Highway 65. Will they safely cross the busy roadway in order to get to the Fun Fest grounds?
It will be interesting to see how the City Council reacts to the proposal for a change of site.
The Auxiliaries for the American Legion and VFW in New Richmond wanted to promote a greater sense of patriotism among Memorial Day celebrants this past weekend.
Patriotic feelings are threatened daily as groups and individuals attack the underpinnings of our country and its service people. New Richmond's veterans organizations do a tremendous job of keeping our focus on remembering the sacrifice of service men, women and their families.
Their annual Memorial Day services throughout the day Monday are a fitting tribute.
Did you know:
The annual celebration was called "Decoration Day" after the Civil War. It was observed by placing flowers on the graves of those killed in war.
Until 1971, it was officially observed every year on May 30. Since then, it has been on the last Monday in May under the National Holiday Act.
The American flag is flown at half-staff until noon on Memorial Day, then raised to full-staff.
Memorial Day is a day to remember all U.S. military personnel who died in wars or other military actions.
The Miss Heritage committee reports they now have seven candidates who have agreed to run for a spot on the New Richmond royal court.
The number is encouraging, considering there were no candidates a few weeks ago. Organizers admit that they were hoping for even more interested young women, but at least there is enough interest to keep the program going for another year.
The Heritage Center is putting the finishing touches on their second annual Heritage Hillside Series, Wednesday evenings from July 5 through Aug. 16.
Last year, the series proved to be an enjoyable evening for all ages.The performances, which take place in the Bandstand, are free and open to the public.
This year's line-up includes cloggers, Gypsies, jazz and big band. Mark your calendar.