While we still think it pays to have a professional in charge of running a festival of this size, something’s come up to change our mind.
A group of young enthusiastic and connected people have stepped up to volunteer to organize this year’s festival. Judging by what they had already planned out and where they wanted to take the festival, and the fact that the mayor and city manager are on board, it just might work.
The group is connected to a lot of local folks who have promised to donate their time and services, and even city officials have said they will pitch in all they can.
Bottom line, it looks like this could not only work but be a success, albeit on a scaled-down level.
We have a story in this issue about some of the details being talked about. We’re sure you’ll agree once you read it that these volunteers are on the right path.
The important thing to keep in mind is that a lot of people from outside the city are expecting the festival. If we hold off this year and wait for better times, we may forever lose that audience.
Hamtramck needs the festival. We need to promote the city, and we need to feel good about ourselves, especially in these financially trying times.