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Second main street festival in the works

Friday, June 4, 2010

Tony Harper
Members of Brazil Main Street, Inc., began formulating their second street festival Thursday evening.

Overall, the first two-day event, which took place during Memorial Day Weekend, was viewed positively by committee members.

"I think it was a very good success," President Zach Chambers said.

At the organization's monthly meeting, Vice President Tony Harper -- who spearheaded the first festival -- told the committee he was pleased with how the it turned out.

But he admitted some changes should be made for a second festival.

Harper told the committee that all entertainment acts and vendors involved expressed interest in coming back to another festival, tentatively scheduled for the fall.

"I would like to do it again," Harper said, "if we make some changes, a few significant changes. I think we can make some money.

"We had some great music and great food," Harper added.

Harper told the committee he was interested in conducting the second festival the weekend before Labor Day (Aug. 27-28) barring no other activities were taking place. He said he had contacted administrators at Northview High School inquiring if there was a home football game that weekend, but had received no response.

In addition, he expressed an interest in moving the festival to a different location in the fall.

The first festival took place in the parking lot behind Traditions and adjacent to Brazil City Hall off Jackson Street.

On Thursday, Harper suggested the festival could be moved to the Brazil National Guard Armory in the fall.

He also suggested the festival take place from 6 p.m.-midnight each evening.

The committee continued to rattle off ideas for the fall festival when Harper informed the members he had been contacted by American Legion Riders and others about having both a motorcycle and car show at the next festival.

The organization also tossed ideas back and forth regarding more advertisement for the proposed fall festival, including posting more signs, posters and banners throughout the city.

Meanwhile, committee member Edie Richards provided a flower barrel update.

Richards said the organization sold 42 of 47 barrels it had. The barrels will be placed along United States 40 downtown.

Richards said people driving through Brazil will be able to see the organization's logo on the barrels and she has heard from other organization's along U.S. 40 interested in purchasing barrels.

"I think it helps clean up the town and makes it look nice," Richards said.

In other business, Chambers informed the organization he had drafted an invitation letter to send to other business owners along U.S. 40 to join the committee.

The committee meets regularly on the first Thursday of each month at the Brazil Public Library. Its next scheduled meeting is for 6 p.m., July 1.

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I had no idea the other Street Festival was going on until Saturday evening. I seen somebody walking across 40 with a corndog. I'm sure this was a huge success, but think about putting signs out and about next time because not everybody gets the newspaper. Great idea for the community though!

-- Posted by jmegoober on Sat, Jun 5, 2010, at 10:13 AM

I think the festival should remain downtown. What about having multiple locations? Could the large lot behind Clover Signs be used (the one off of Washington St.)?

-- Posted by JHeffner on Sun, Jun 6, 2010, at 12:12 AM

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