Even though Mike had gone to the Cruise-In to specifically look at jeep parts he found himself fascinated with the other accessories that were displayed so attractively. He walked along happily among the vehicles that were on display and he stopped at the many vendor's booths. Always one for a bargain he was overjoyed when he came upon what he considered a great deal on a set of Mickey Thompson tires and decided to purchase them. He also told himself that next year he would volunteer to make the Cruise-In even more of a community success because he had enjoyed the day so much.
Community events like this are often the product of many people coming together to plan and implement ideas to benefit their community. It takes quite a bit of cooperation to really pull off a well planned event and many things have to be addressed. The level of excitement builds as more people are involved and ideas are formulated so it pays to have a good plan of action. Five ideas for a successful community event are:
1. Security is always a concern and it's a good idea to provide this by hiring off duty police officers or contracting with a private security firm. Maintaining security in this way ensures that everything will be taken care of properly in the event of an accident or the rare and unfortunate case of a crime being committed.
2. Entertainment is always welcomed at community events and it's a wonderful idea to engage the talent available in the local area. Small bands, local dance groups and even an area disc jockey are all great sources to provide entertainment. Music is a welcome addition to any gathering and it adds to the enjoyment of the day.
3. Food can be provided in many different ways and can be as varied as you like. Many times area churches can be counted on to provide a dinner offering such as chicken and dumplings or even spaghetti and meatballs. Other good ideas would include a hamburger wagon or a hot dog stand and who doesn't love funnel cakes and cotton candy? The choices are many and most people will attend planning to have lunch or dinner at the event.
4. Activities for the children are always appreciated and can be as simple as face-painting or as complex as setting up carnival rides with a vendor. These activities are determined with how much money a community has to spend on them and how many people are willing to volunteer their talents. It's a good idea to poll all volunteers to discover their "hidden" talents before contracting with and paying for outside entertainment for the children.
5. Advertise as soon as possible the date and time of your community event. In many instances, area festivals have become an annual thing and are anticipated by many in the community. This is helpful but it is still a good idea to publicize the date and times as soon as possible so people can plan to attend your event. Signs around town are helpful and community newspapers are wonderful vehicles for advertising.