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Reader Spotlight: 'We Are Suffering From Event Fatigue'

Safety Harbor Patch highlights interaction with our readers. Today, it's a comment about special event burnout.

Patch reader Dave Deal had this to say in response to our article on the attendance at the Veterans Boat Show With a Twist of Parrot over the weekend:

I agree that we're suffering from event fatigue....it's nice we are having so many things in SH, but we need to space them out more, not every weekend...plus I don't think there was enough advertising about this event....most people I talked to had no idea it was taking place.

So, Harborites, what do you think is the reason for the low attendance at the event? Is it fatigue from so many events in such a short period of time, lack of advertising, or another reason? Let us know in the comments section.

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Robert Saltzman November 13, 2012 at 11:34 AM
most people I talked to had no idea it was taking place" I kind of said this at the Candidates Forum. A friend in the sign business once told me how great his business was. If business is good you put out a sign, if business is bad you put out a bigger sign. Last Sunday, on my trek down Main St. I stopped and went upstairs to see what "Practically Pikasso" was all about. I met Lynn and we chatted. This is their second location they have one in St Pete. It is a very interesting concept you buy the already made pottery and for $7 you get all the materials then you personalize it. These pieces would make wonderful Christmas gifts. She told me she was hoping for a nice crowd on Third Night. I advised her to put some lights out on the railing and get someone in the street handing out fliers. Most people during Third Night walk down the middle of the street. The Boat show had the Jolly Trolly shuffling people to the fair again leaving the brick and mortar businesses in the lurch. We can’t have a fair every weekend but we need to put emphasis on our local businesses so maybe just maybe the fair goers will return. Without support for our local businesses we will continue to see the revolving door of openings and closings. Practically Pikasso is at 500 Main St. http://www.practicallypikasso.com/Practically_PIkasso/studio_hours.html
Jeffrey Rosenfield November 13, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Thanks for the perspective, Bobby. Good points!
Practically Pikasso Safety Harbor November 13, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Thanks Robert! We are looking forward to being a part of the Safety Harbor community! And we will be on Main Street with $5 coupons at Third Friday! www.facebook.com/practicallypikassosafetyharbor
Valerie Nolte November 15, 2012 at 05:28 PM
I agree with Dave Deal and other readers who commented about there not being enough advertising about this event. I've noticed that the events we hear about are those that are sponsored by the City of Safety Harbor. We need to come up with a way to promote all of our events to ensure that visitors and locals alike are aware of all of the wonderful things that are happening in our town. Is there something the City and/or the Chamber of Commerce could do to get the word out? Patch is doing a great job letting us know what is coming up this weekend, but it seems that there is no advance notice such as there is with the banners and marquees for Third Friday or the Farmers Market.

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