Wednesday, August 8, 2012
The following letter to the editor in this week's Crowsnest Promoter (not available on-line) by way of satire, takes a serious issue, pokes fun at it and the deceitful and foolish clowns responsible for it i.e. the fiasco known as this year's Rum Runner Days, while heaping an abundance of well-deserved scorn on them at the same time.
A well-written letter that I'm sure most residents here can relate to:
A success story: the big picture of a few people is realized
For some people, I am sure Rum Runner Days was exactly what Mr. Gallant and Mr. Lonsbury said it was - a success. The weather was good, there was nobody parked along the tracks, no traffic in town, parking was absolutely a non-issue, crime apparently was rampant, but an enforcement blitz handled this well through stringent enforcement of selected laws.
The parade started on time and there was no problem finding a place to stand or sit to watch. There were no bands to interrupt the peace and tranquility of our lovely town. The horses could stand some training, maybe to use the supplied toilets, rather than do their business right there on the street. At least, it was not on people's lawns (horse or human, what's the difference).
There were no line-ups to get on the midway rides, there were lots of portable toilets so nearly everyone downtown had their own biffy, little or no garbage on the streets, no garbage on the soccer field following the music, no line-ups to impede the local residents from shopping in the local stores, no chance of running out of ice at Sobeys (one cooler of ice was sold, instead of the usual six coolers).
The Show and Shine was well attended by both vehicles and people, and the parking passes did a remarkable job of keeping those out-of-towners under control.
I should mention that the evening was not interrupted by any loud thundering noises or those blinding flashes of light that were so annoying. Even CN accommodated us
by having no trains go through the Pass between 9:45 p.m. and 11:15 p.m. The planning to accomplish this must have been phenomenal.
Traffic control was outstanding. I drove downtown just to see how the parking plan was working. The term "ghost town" came to mind.
The anticipated 20,000 people for Rum Runner Days may have been slightly exaggerated so there was basically nothing going on in town, and if this is classed as success, it was a roaring success. It is nice when a plan comes together to give the town a morale boost and the big picture of a few people is realized.
There certainly should be no excessive costs this year and our revenues should be up since we are more family orientated this year, with the Wine and Food Festival both of which had a significant dollar value attached. Maybe this year we will finally be able to get an actual cost of the festivities that the municipality is responsible for.
It appears thanks and kudos are in order to the Council members and the members of the community who have made this dream come true. Eighteen years and thousands of volunteers in the building of a great attraction; one year and seven people in the demolition. It is unfortunate that the Rum Runner Days committee and the town merchants had to take the brunt of this success. Hard work, planning and goodwill could not compete with treachery. So, to our town council, thanks again, we will be watching to see how this works out for you in the long run.
There is no fate that cannot be surmounted by scorn.