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RTC a good home for SummerFest [UPDATED]

Published 10:27am Thursday, March 13, 2014 Updated 12:28pm Thursday, March 13, 2014

Despite an earlier announcement that DeLagoon Park would be the home for SummerFest 2014, a combination of luck and local feedback has moved plans back to the Regional Treatment Center campus. It was great to see the pushback from residents, and the change to the RTC grounds was an excellent decision.

The RTC offers a central location in the heart of Fergus Falls while also providing plenty of green space, shade and room for expansion. DeLagoon may have been an OK alternative if there was no other option available, but it would have given festival-goers no reason to visit the city.

Plans were originally moved away from the RTC because SummerFest organizers didn’t receive a response after sending an email to RTC developer Ray Willey. It turns out the email was sent to a dead account, and Willey found out about the issue through word-of-mouth during a recent trip to Fergus Falls.

It was encouraging to see Willey so willing to support the community event, but it seems like SummerFest organizers made a pretty weak effort to contact Willey before deciding to move the event to a significantly inferior location.

Reaching the decision to hold the event at the RTC campus wasn’t a perfect process, but what matters is that residents spoke, and SummerFest organizers listened.

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