Everyone can help make it
by Archie Inoncillo
July 07, 2004
I agree with Brandi Conway on this thing about the 4th being
pretty lackluster. I remember the years where there were so
many booths filling four rows and EVERYONE went especially people
from the ships. I can remember we had great ones like the Tae
Kwon Do booth where you could test your strength. I remember
getting snow cones and all that great stuff. Nowadays, it's
not much. I went down there this year to not spend a single
dollar because it didn't seem too worth trying. I appreciate
all of those who did set up booths though. It was a good job
by them to keep the things going.
But why has it been declining
since the past years? Do people have no more time to do such
things? Has it been lack of interest or do people have other
places to go to celebrate the 4th of July? Honestly, where has
it all gone?
I miss those days. I remember when I looked forward to 4th of
July here in this city of Ketchikan. I wonder how the kids felt?
I'm sure they had a hell of a time, but I think we could've
made it even more enjoyable. I know I'm just spitting words
because I'm a do-nothing soon-to-be college student, but I'm
more of the talker and idea giver than the planner and such.
So if anyone, for next year, get some of those awesome booths
going. Make some crazy ones for next year, it'd be totally great.
Why can't we get a battle of the bands playing down on the dock
also? Is that too much of disturbing the peace if we have a
little thing like we do for Blueberry festival out on the dock?
How would that cause trouble and disturbance for the 4th of
July? I mean everyone is out and about being loud anyway And
it gives local musicians and bands a place to showcase their
songs and talents for another time other than just playing at
the Blueberry festival, because I know exposure is a very hard
thing to get done here sometimes...
Personally, I would love to
have music playing while I try to win a prize at the bean bag
toss or the coin toss or whatever. And that little band setup
would even probably make some cash also for something. People
wouldn't have to pay to see the local musicians play, but they
could at least give a small generous donation for some charity
or to pay the electrical bill for amps, speakers, and everything.
Anyway, I hope for next year, I can help somehow and make it
better. I hope everyone can help make it better in someway.
After all it is OUR 4th of July celebration. If we don't do
the work, it shows that we probably don't care and we might as
well not have booths down by Tongass anymore.
So let's get crackin for next
year, I know it's 360-something days away but still. Just keep
the idea in mind mmkay? Thanks a bunch everyone.
Ketchikan, AK - USA
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