To The Editor:
I haven’t written anything in a long time though I’ve been busting at the seams.
I couldn’t help myself after reading the article about Union’s Founders Day. So the geniuses who direct Founders Day don’t understand why the attendance is low? Let me give you a tip. Put it back at the courthouse!
The city of Union is blessed and fortunate to be the county seat. Isn’t that worth celebrating it on the courthouse square? If not, give it to Washington. They’ll celebrate it, they’ve been trying to get it forever. I’ve not talked to one person, since the change, who enjoys it more down at the park. What were they thinking? Duh.
But let’s call a spade a spade shall we. There’s only one reason why the event was moved to the park and it was to move it away from the taverns. See, the vendors that were selling beer at Founders Day were in direct competition with the bars who sold cheaper and much colder beer. So . . . it was at this point I’m sure that the Founders Day committee members’ minds were changed by our police department. But let me digress for a moment. It wasn’t too long ago that other Union officials’ minds were changed by the Franklin County Sheriff’s office concerning prescription drugs. That too was a huge success wasn’t it?
Anyway, getting back to Founders Day, this was the bars’ single most successful day of the year, and it was taken away just for spite. It sure was nice when the children were able to ride the amusement park rides right next to the old prosecutor’s office and the live bands were right there on the square. It seems to me and apparently everyone else except the police, and Founders Day committee members, that the crowds would be much easier to control in the more confined area of the courthouse square. It’s almost as if they were trying to run one of the only remaining businesses on the square out of town.
It probably is a good thing it has moved now that I think about it though. If they were still on the courthouse square and if the vendors started selling sweet and sour pork on a stick, they’d have to shut down the Chinese restaurants, too. That’d be a shame!
Also worth mentioning is that now if parents lose track of their children down at the park, all they have to do is look under the bridge on Christina Street or take a stroll along the banks of the quarter-mile-long strip of creek that runs adjacent to the park. You know how kids love the creek.
I don’t know, it just seems like the children were safer on the courthouse square. But, hey, what do I know. At least they got the beer down at the park where it belongs.