Just got finished with my Independence Day. Went to the Gem County Sports Complex at the Island to watch the first real firework show we’ve had in our town in quite a long time. Thanks to Tim, the owner of Computators we had a great show put together, especially considering the fact that this was the first year we’ve had one in a while.
There are some things about the show that I’d like to have seen fixed that may just happen as it evolves (however I’m going to try and volunteer with the planning next year so it may be sooner). I’d like to see more vending booths at the event; as an entrepreneur I’d like the chance to participate in the event to 1. get my company exposure and 2. raise funds for my various company projects. Unfortunately there aren’t too many venues for this to happen at in Emmett, ID.
I’d like to see a longer show (something that will inevitably happen with time). The show needs to become self sustaining so that the fireworks are the anchor, the vendors pay the bill, and the ‘fund raising piggy banks’ can go away.
There was also surprisingly little exposure for the show online, they had a website but no social media, at all. The organizer Tim has had trouble with social media in the past or, as he owns and runs a computer repair store, sees social networks like Facebook and MySpace to be a source of viruses and problems. Because of this he doesn’t want to promote on social networks. I’ll have to crack them if they want to have a bigger show. They’ll need the necessary exposure that social media offers for FREE.
Ultimately the event was a great success for the first year. According to Tim it was entirely paid for and it ran for a good 20 minutes or more. I was very happy with it and as I love to support my community I’m excited to (hopefully) be able to help out with next year’s event.
See: http://www.celebrateemmett.com/ for more information on the event (though the website is a simple one pager, it can put you into contact with the event organizer.)