Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Open Thread on Rez Independence Day Celebration
I'm opening a thread on the Barnett Reservoir Foundation's Independence Day Celebration. For those in attendance (and there were lots), explain what you liked and didn't like, or just say something. The Foundation would appreciate your feedback, good or ill. I'll go first:
I attended the Lakeshore Park festivities from 6:30 p.m. to post-fireworks. I liked the beer garden. The folks working the garden were friendly, it was large enough to roam, the beer was ice cold, and it was close to the action. Great addition that hopefully raised a lot of money for the Foundation. The Dylan Moss band sounded great. The classic car show was entertaining, and the fireworks were wonderful. I also liked having the State Guard involved along with the Rez Police and Sheriff's Department. I felt safe and traffic control was was orderly as it could be with limited parking and only one exit. Props to all the first responders working the event. They were out in the heat for long hours, keeping us safe. I appreciate all of you.
I disliked having just Hungry Howies and Takem Outem as the food vendors. Their food is fine, but it shouldn't take over an hour to get it. Either the Foundation needs to use a vendor who can handle larger crowds, or use multiple vendors. I also disliked that folks couldn't bring their own water in. When the food vendors run out of water early on a hot, Summer day, people need to be able to bring in their own. That's an easy health decision.
My "dislikes" pale in comparison to how much I enjoyed the event. My family had a great time. Thank you to the Foundation for helping to bring a sense of community to the Rez.
Posted by Troy Odom at 7/05/2016 05:31:00 PM