Letters to the editor, May 10
Hernando TodayFestival improvements needed
Published: May 10, 2012
Published: May 10, 2012
It was reported in Wednesday's Hernando Today that the festival organizers were feeling success because of the turnout over the weekend at the Florida Blueberry Festival in Brooksville.
I realize this was a first-year event but unless those organizers were walking around with ear plugs the conversations I overheard were not very positive. There were many things in my opinion that need to be addressed before the next event in 2013.
Pat Crowley president of the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce may have seen a lot of people descending on downtown Brooksville but for that to take place again organizers need to heed what makes the Strawberry Festival such a success in Plant City.
The theme, "Blueberries" were harder to find than hens teeth. Here we are surrounded in the area by Blueberry farms yet cities like Tampa and Lakeland who also had festivals on the same weekend offered flats of blueberries for $10 and Brooksville price $25.
I understand vendors have there place and add to the interest at these types of events but lets not forget why people come to a "Blueberry Festival." There were good features too. The entertainment and car show were highlights but the disappointments took away from the positives.
Handicap and reasonable parking with shuttles are a must especially for seniors. Cash not "Blueberry Bucks" for purchases and last but not least rethink the date so you're not competing with Tampa and Lakeland for attendees.
Another question bantered about was why not use the fairgrounds. It's flat, has plenty of parking and cover to get out of the heat. So there are lots of things for organizers to look at and hopefully make improvements to before next year's festivities.
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