Archive for Wednesday, June 5, 2002

Site of annual fest should be evalutated

June 5, 2002

This year, Tonganoxie Days is on the move.

The festival, which has been centered in downtown Tonganoxie for the past several years, will move to the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds on the western edge of town.

Chamber of commerce members, who heard from some downtown merchants that the festival was disruptive to business, decided that a return to the fairgrounds was worth a try. Tonganoxie Days originated at the fairgrounds.

While a move to the fairgrounds might be more convenient for some merchants, the chamber should carefully consider whether the move was worthwhile. They should evaluate attendance and talk with participants about whether the festival should remain at the fairgrounds.

The fairgrounds does offer much more room than downtown.

However, it doesn't provide the ambience that the city's recently renovated Fourth Street does. It's hard to find a more picturesque spot than downtown Tonganoxie to showcase the city.

So after the festival concludes this weekend and as work begins for Tonganoxie Days 2003, planners should have enough information to determine whether the shift west was worthwhile.

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