Archive for Wednesday, September 25, 2002

Chamber on right track with festival

September 25, 2002

Next week, members of the Tonganoxie Chamber of Commerce plan to bat around ideas for Tonganoxie Days, the local festival held each June.

As they gather for a lunch meeting on Oct. 3, chamber members will discuss how to generate some new enthusiasm for the fest.

For years, Connie Torneden has been nearly a one-woman Tonganoxie Days machine. She's taken on the daunting task of organizing the summer celebration. And she's done a terrific job. Everyone in the community should give her a huge pat on the back.

But recently, the chamber's board of directors and Torneden agreed that it's time for additional help with organizing, setting up and overseeing the festival, which started in 1986.

Like all 17-year-olds, Tonganoxie Days is crying out for change. But it will need some help.

It stands to reason that if more residents of Tonganoxie volunteer to help with the celebration, it will serve as a showcase for our growing and vibrant community.

As it is now, Tonganoxie Days is, in some ways, just another summer festival. But with some creative thinking and strong community involvement, the event could transform into something really special. It could be a true reflection of a really special town.

The chamber, and particularly Torneden, are to be commended for their interest in improving and strengthening Tonganoxie Days.

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