Brazil Main Street appreciates support
To the editor:
Our Route 40 Fest for 2017 is in the books. Brazil Main Street members are most appreciative to members of the community for helping make this a successful venture in only two short years. Our goal in 2016 was to establish a project that would encourage residents to appreciate our new streets, sidewalks and lighting. That idea grew further by incorporating vendors of food, crafts and others to participate. Because we were so happy with the success of our ’16 event, we decided to work toward a better event in 2017.
This year’s event included many more vendors of delicious foods, specialty items, crafts, commercial products, information booths, entertainment and cruise-in participants. US 40 was packed throughout the day with both visitors and participants. While it was difficult to estimate a number in attendance, the three-quarter mile distance was filled with people during most of the day. While the day was very warm, it was a beautiful day to stroll the streets and get re-acquainted with our town. One local merchant stated, “This event brought life back to Main Street.” It was very encouraging and rewarding to see so much traffic and business stretching from Forest Avenue to Depot Street.
There are far too many people to recognize individually for their efforts. However there are groups that deserve special recognition including:
-Sponsors who invested financially to help produce this event
-Vendors who participated
-Brazil City Administration, Planning and Zoning, Police and Fire Departments
-Local merchants who helped donate space or furnish electrical connections
-Jeff Bridgewater – sound system
- Chuck Tipton – cruise-in
-Local entertainment acts that donated their time
-Main Street volunteers who worked tirelessly organizing this massive event
-Brazil Elks Club for their support and for a great “After the Fest” Party.
-Josh Backfish and Fred Dowell
We are already actively planning our 40 Fest for 2018. We hope to continue bringing more of all the good things that were enjoyed last Saturday. I continue to be amazed at the dedication of our volunteers who work so hard and share the vision of making Brazil a better place to live, work and worship. I invite you to be a part of the Main Street movement and join us as we work together.
John M Moore
president, Brazil Main Street, Inc