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Volunteer asks businesses to embrace festival

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By The Staff

Editor:

On behalf of the Carroll County Tobacco Festival, I am writing this letter to the editor.

About 14 people pull together and put on the festival every year. We put this on as a tradition to the community and the farmers now and of the past. We are trying to keep the heritage going on for our younger generation.

We ask for the streets in downtown Carrollton to be closed for three days. They are not closed all day, except for Saturday. But for some reason every year we have trouble with people. They complain because we set up vendors in front of their stores, or that we have streets blocked off and people can’t get to their stores.

Well, the way I see it, if people want to come to your store, they will make arrangements to get around the street closings and walk to your store. There is one business downtown that the street in front of their store is closed from Thursday until Sunday morning, but still still had lots of business all three days during the festival.

This is a community thing, and we are doing this for the community. We encourage the downtown businesses to join us and set stuff out on the street to sell things during the festival. You never know; if you join us, you just might make a little money and have fun at the same time. The way I look at it is if you don’t like the festival being downtown for the three days and you feel that it is taking away from your business, then join in. If three days of the streets being closed and a festival going on for the community is going to bankrupt you, then you don’t need to be in business.

It is pretty sad to me that you can’t have a function in downtown Carrollton for three days and not have someone trying to disrupt it or cause some trouble. This is pretty much the only thing that goes on in Carrollton, with this much stuff to do and is free to the community. So, why can’t everyone just join in together and make this a special thing for Carrollton? We on the committee volunteer our time all year long to put this on for you, the people. It is a lot of work and time. We take this out of our own personal time, because we all enjoy it and want it to be a big success.

This year was our 60th year, and we wanted it to be extra special. And to us it was a big blow-out, and we had a great turnout. And we even had it recorded with a TV crew here. And it will be aired in February. I think that alone is great for the city of Carrollton and the people who live here and call it home. You should think about that. I would want to be proud to have my city on TV, for advertisement of getting more people to come to visit us.

The festival will go on for many generations to come, regardless of how some people feel about it. It will take a lot more than just a couple of people to run us off. We love doing this for the community of Carrollton and enjoy being involved in something like this. So continue to support your community and the few committees that are still together and willing to donate their time so that the people of Carrollton will have some things to do for fun.

A big thank you to the Carroll county Tobacco Festival Committee, Mayor Dwight Louden, Carrollton City Council, Carroll County Fiscal Court, Judge-Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson, County Jailer Michael Humphrey and the Class D inmates, Kevin Craig, Carroll County Tourism, Paul Yocum and Arctic Cat for the sponsorship, and all sponsoring businesses that donated to our silent auction and to the festival.

Charlette Penn, member

Carroll County Tobacco Festival committee of how some people feel about it. It will take a lot more than just a couple of people to run us off. We love doing this for the community of Carrollton and enjoy being involved in something like this.

So continue to support your community and the few committees that are still together and willing to donate their time so that the people of Carrollton will have some things to do for fun.

A big thank-you to the Carroll county Tobacco Festival Committee, Mayor Dwight Louden, Carrollton City Council, Carroll County Fiscal Court, Judge-Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson, County Jailer Michael Humphrey and the Class D inmates, Kevin Craig, Carroll County Tourism, Paul Yocum and Arctic Cat for the sponsorship, and all sponsoring businesses that donated to our silent auction and to the festival.

Charlette Penn, member

Carroll County Tobacco

Festival committee