GOOD JOB!/NEEDS WORK … Festival shines but where’s the beer?
Introducing our new editorial feature, Good Job!/Needs Work, in which we issue shoutouts for good deeds, good decisions or good ideas and gentle criticism for things that could have been done better.
Good job! To everyone involved in another successful North Carolina Apple Festival. The weather cooperated as well as it ever has, apple growers made sure that visitors had plenty of quality apples to carry home and the entertainment this year — the Zac Brown tribute band 20 Ride on Sunday evening in particular — was outstanding. It takes dozens of volunteers who devote thousands of hours of work to make the festival happen. Year after year, they come through. So does the city’s public works and sanitation crews, its police force and city hall leaders.
Needs work … Sadly, our longstanding and futile pursuit of a really good idea, the Apple Festival beer garden, still gains no traction. Given the enormous success, popularity and award-winning quality of our local craft beer, wine and hard cider, why not celebrate that as a complement to our apple celebration? For those who don’t recall our plan, here it is. One or two avenues would be cordoned off for wrist-band admittance only. Part of the beer garden proceeds would go to hire required security in the form of off-duty sworn officers. Most of the revenue would go to local wineries, breweries and cider makers (after they pay the Apple Festival to lease space). A portion would go to a nonprofit connected to the apple industry, scholarships for family farm children who plan to pursue agriculture degrees, for instance…..