Bill Wayne's Political Pages - The Gadfly
Gadfly 293
Submitted to the Warrensburg Gazette for June 2, 2005

The Gadfly is a series of letters offering commentary on local issues and published in the Warrensburg Gazette.

We're a week away from the 5th Annual Blind Boone Music & Arts Festival. Five years quite a record for an event run by a relatively small all-volunteer group. Attendance has grown each year as the musical balance has changed, with a big boost provided last year by a performance of the Kansas City Marching Cobras. The attraction list is just as strong this year.

However, there is a subtle change. The Blind Boone festival was originally held to promote awareness of and raise money for the restoration of Blind Boone Park. That effort is almost complete, with park rededication scheduled for July 4th. Awareness and fund raising are now of secondary importance to a promotion of art, music and literature, in a fun atmosphere.

What I'm getting at is that the people who've worked so hard to bring you the festival over the years need your support of the festival to feel the need to continue it in future years. If you want to see Warrensburg with a festival, plan to come out to the corner of Main & Gay on Warrensburg's historic west side on June 11th. Send a message that you want Warrensburg to have a sustainable tourism event.

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