A big thank you to Frisco for listening to its business owners
Thankful and thoughtful are two words that come to mind in expressing my gratitude to the town council of Frisco with regards to its recent decision to ask the Rotary to consider moving the date of the Barbecue Challenge from mid-August to late June.
The fact that the Rotary chose instead to move to a new venue is regretful. Since 1975 I have been a part of the restaurant community here in Summit County. During those years, the restaurant community of Frisco has, without complaint or kudos, gifted the needs of the community in countless ways for dozens of service organizations, all of whom, in turn, donate much of the proceeds of their fundraising back to the community.
The fact that our town council chose to recognize that our downtown retail community was being adversely affected showed sensitivity to the economic well-being of the entire community. In this case, “success becomes success.”
The fact that the Barbecue Challenge grew too large for its location during mid-summer tourist time was a fact denied by no one during the meetings that led up to the council’s decision. The options laid out for everyone to consider were clear and backed no one into a corner. Dillon has graciously laid out an invitation to the Rotary to come to its town, which may have a venue better suited for the throngs that attend.
Frisco hopes to plan for a more manageable event that will be better suited to its beautiful Main Street. Whether or not it builds back to its former level of attendance, and whether or not we want it to grow that large again is a question open to debate. “World class” events need venues that are well suited to them.
The power of the print media is impressive, however, negative attitudes and emotions will not win whether in a family, a team, a business or a town. My best wishes for all in this “win-win” scenario.
Owner, Silverheels at the Ore House, Frisco
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