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Scenes from a Festival

Monday, May 31, 2010

Sponsored by Brazil Main Street Inc., the Brazil Street Festival went off without a hitch Friday and Saturday. The event took place in the parking lot west of Brazil City Hall and featured loads of entertainment in addition to vendors. Here are a few snapshots from the event.

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This was horrible why were some bands cut short when other bands played for hours? The trash stunk so bad... This was suppost to be a family thing there was nothing really for kids (food an a bounce house) the guy who was telling the bands when to stop was G Long whos band was last so of corse he wanted people to stop people who were in charge were really rude I know people in this town have better attitudes than this. I hope that the folks who were from out of town that came that those who were rude didnt leave any impression on them maybe if you do this so called festival again everyone is a little more friendly.

-- Posted by Laura001 on Mon, May 31, 2010, at 7:04 PM

I dont know why they didnt have it at the parking lots behind the old paint store and Lynn's. This would not have interupted any other businesses downtown and they could have parked behind Lynn's Pharmacy that closes early. Not to mention that elderly people from all the towers could have gotten there easily or even watched from their windows. Blocking off the street at that intersection that close to the fire dept didnt seem to smart either. Maybe if they ever do this again then the planning committee could consider a better location, possible even the parking lot next to the courthouse and close the north south road. We tried to go eat at Pappy's and couldnt find parking; but dont worry Pappy we'll be back at a later date.

I cant comment on the festival itself because I didnt attend. Not saying its a bad idea, just not very well planned out.

-- Posted by lifehasitsmoments on Mon, May 31, 2010, at 9:03 PM

I have to say that I came from out of town to hear two bands and both were cut short.....very disappointing, but then I really wasn't expecting so much, but I did notice the last band to play was cutting people off so we left when they started and we had at least 13 people with us, so that was half the festival by that time ;)

-- Posted by gingersnap13 on Tue, Jun 1, 2010, at 1:42 AM

I was not able to attend so I can not comment on the anything that has been brought up excepting this one thing...I know someone on the event committee and I know for a fact that alot of planning went into this.

Like anything done for the first time, you learn from what didn't go as expected. I'm sure those responsible already have a list, probably a long list of what to do different the next time.

I applaud anyone who tries to do something positive for this community. People love to say that there just isn't much to do in this town, yet when someone tries to do something, they hardly get any credit for their efforts, but get all of the blame if things don't go perfectly.

Thanks to the organizers of the event, the City of Brazil, the bands, the vendors, and all who attended. Hopefully they'll do this again, and that I'll get to attend the next one.

-- Posted by ClayCountyGuy on Tue, Jun 1, 2010, at 7:28 AM

I attended this event on Saturday. I did notice that one particular band played for a very long time-over the time scheduled for them to perform which left the next performer to have to cut his set list and performance short-not fair to this person-who spent hours practicing for this event-free of charge! And, there were only about twenty people total in attendance. Why was this set up in a parking lot that provided no shade whatsoever except for those vendors and performers who were in tents? Also, I never saw one person from the organizing committee there-where were they? Perhaps a better location next year? And maybe have the bands/performers perform only in the evening? And, why was Memorial Day weekend chosen? I think you would get more people to attend if it werent' this weekend when so many have graduations and open houses to attend. Better luck next year! (if there is a next year!)

-- Posted by millertime on Tue, Jun 1, 2010, at 8:12 AM

I think it went pretty well, for the first time. How about planning next years' BRAZIL MAIN STREET INC.'s, Brazil Street Festival on "main street". More attraction, more people just passing through stopping, etc. I'm sure several who did not know about it could hear the music, but were unsure which direction it was coming from.

Don't give up. Looking forward to next year's event!

-- Posted by Dagnabbit on Tue, Jun 1, 2010, at 8:33 AM

I did not attend so have no comment on how it went except to notice that attendance was reported to be low.

Maybe due to it being graduation weekend with many other graduations parties going on simultaneously in addition to it being race weekend?

Too many choices/too little time.

Maybe next year find a weekend that isn't so loaded up with things to do already and will have better turn out??

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Tue, Jun 1, 2010, at 8:50 AM

The concept for this event was a great idea. The execution left ALOT to chance. No shade, one person who was way over the top rude because he was in charge, people upset because their friends/relatives bands got cut short, one band that seemed to never get done, ......etc.

Brazil needs this kind of events and my hat is off to all those who pulled it together. Over all it wasn't too bad. Persevere thru and make this happen again next year and learn from the mistakes made this year.

#1 lesson:Don't let the same guy be in charge of the event schedule enforcement. Mean people suck

-- Posted by jddriver4960 on Tue, Jun 1, 2010, at 11:58 AM

who was the mean person? Hope he/she wasn't from Brazil! Like to think we have nice, down to earth folks here! :)

-- Posted by millertime on Tue, Jun 1, 2010, at 1:29 PM

I usually refrain from commenting because it only leads to someone having a rude comment to add...

But it seems to me the attitudes and remarks like the ones that are left here only make people who have good ideas and want to try to help this community, NOT want to help this community. I don't understand why a good idea could not be a great idea if all the people who have suggestions would come forward during the planning process and lend a hand instead of bashing everyone after the fact.

This is our community. If we don't step up and take a stand and bring life and friendliness and a sense of community back, we will without a doubt have nothing! Be part of the solution, not part of the problem.

(disclaimer) The above opinion is mine and I am willing to share it. Please feel free to make it part of your opinion too.

I enjoy being from this community! There are good people here!

-- Posted by RickS on Tue, Jun 1, 2010, at 5:10 PM

RickS, I didn't think I was that harsh, just sharing my opinion on what could have been different or maybe a little more user friendly. If I was the owner of one of the businesses that this affected I might then be upset. I also said that I didnt think it was a bad idea, and it may have been well planned out, just poorly executed.

-- Posted by lifehasitsmoments on Tue, Jun 1, 2010, at 5:21 PM

As President of the Brazil Main Street, Inc. I welcome your comments on our recent Streetfest and appreciate those who saw value in the activity, parictularly ClayCountyGuy, Thoughtful, Jenny Moore, jddriver4960, and RickS. For a first time event, I believe that it went quite well in drawing the local community to the downtown area and making evident the great restaraunts, taverns, and merchants who reside therein. Having reviewed the event, we realize that there is substantive opportunity for improvement. For those who have constructive criticism, we welcome your input for our next event to support the downtown area. The Brazil Main Street, Inc. meets the first Thursday of every month at 6:00 pm at the Brazil Public Library - I hope to see Laura001, lifehasitsmoments, millertime, and freedom1 at our next meeting. We welcome your input.

Best Regards

Zac Chambers, President Brazil Main Street, Inc.

-- Posted by Zac_Chambers on Fri, Jun 4, 2010, at 7:58 PM

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