This past summer I attended the Decatur Celebration for the first time in many years. Immediately, I noticed that things were different from when I last attended the event. No longer was the event free and a fence had been put up around the event. To my surprise, it seemed busier than before and the event was exactly how I remembered it.
When I first heard that there was going to be a fence I was a little bit disappointed. I did not like that the Celebration would no longer be a free event. However, once I understood why it was put up my opinion changed. The fence undoubtedly makes the event safer.
The Decatur Celebration is a family event and I think that families should feel safe attending the event with their children. The fence also did away with the food wristbands which made life difficult for food vendors, who can now sell their products to anyone at the event. This change should encourage those who attend the event to purchase food or drinks.
Lastly, because of the generated revenue from admission, I think in the next few years we will see more popular headliners perform at the event.I applaud event organizers and city council members for doing something to try to promote the longevity and quality of the Decatur Celebration.
Until a better solution presents itself, I think the fence is the best option to do both.
Mitch Cremer, Decatur