As of Tuesday, April 17, 2018
The annual Salmon River Jet Boat Races are this weekend. Are you going? Apart from the excitement of the spectacle itself, this event kicks off our season of community celebrations we’ll all be enjoying well into fall.
But two important components of these and other such events are lost during our enjoyment: the time and effort that goes into their preparation, planning and execution; and just what these mean for our communities as a whole.
We’re appreciative of the volunteers who drive these events, planning for which starts not long after the last one has ended. Once cleanup is done, bills are paid and volunteers thanked and released for the year, you get a breather to focus back on your day job, and then a month or two later the planning for next year begins. A big stress each year – as anyone in a service organization around here knows – is will there be enough bodies to work this next year? So, organizers are continually searching for more help, and for replacements to those who burn out.
It’s a lot of work so people can enjoy fun and games for a few days.
And then there’s the money. The races, rodeos, parades and fairs are people draws who bring their bucks with them. It’s been called “Christmas in July” during Border Days, for example, when thousands descend upon Grangeville and give the local businesses a profit bump that helps very well the bottom line for the rest of the year.
Both of these components are obvious —- when we think about them.
And this is a good time to be refreshed on their importance and on the need for us to be stepping up to support these events. It’s not rocket science to volunteer to help; it just takes a commitment of time that, really, many of us can spare. And for businesses, recognizing what these events do to improve commerce for the duration, their support is critical to these celebrations’ continuation and keeping that cash cow healthy.
We’re all in this together. Challenge yourself this year to see where you can add value to your local event.