To The Daily Sun,
First off I want to say good job to everyone in the city of Laconia who took part in the preparation of the Pumpkin Festival. The ones who set it up the, locals who carved their pumpkins, the bus drivers and the police for making it a safe and secure environment for everyone.
To whoever thought of the bus system, I give kudos. It was a great way to help the traffic stay at a minimum. Now there has been criticism that it wasn't as big or as good as the Keene fest but I feel we held our own. I think some people forgot that this was Laconia's first year doing this festival. Keene was doing it for 25 years before we took it over.
Though plenty of people enjoyed themselves, there is still room for improvement. Like connecting speakers through out the whole area to play music and to be able to call out to the mayor when he is needed to tell the total so the announcer doesn't have to kill time waiting for him. Perhaps set a scheduled time for everyone to meet at 7:50 p.m. at the tower for the announcements.
Another thing I noticed was was the lack of seating. We needed more seating areas around the area. Now, I saw that there was the sitting area over near the bank but it wasn't lit up and it was a little out of the way. How about putting vendors in that lot as well and move the tables closer to the edge of the road. Or even place the food vendors in a semicircle and have the tables front of them. And if we have it in the budget a few heat lamps would of been incredible in some places.
Okay, the games were great for the kids, but what about the teens and young adults? It is a family festival isn't it? Pumpkin Alley had fun things to do with young children, but why couldn't they have continued a pumpkin dance party aimed at the teens and young adults? Or brought out other things to do? It seemed like the alley was a dead zone after the kids left.
Another thing about making it fun for the whole family: The kids had the costume parade. How about an adult costume contest? First prize a Pumpkin Fest sweatshirt, second a Pumpkin Fest shirt and third a Pumpkin Fest shot glass. Simple enough? Oh, and what about a prize for the largest carved, medium carved and smallest carved?
I do have to bring up the Haunted Mill. That was really well put together and a lot of fun. I hope to see it again next year but with better run of the line. This would of been a great place to have put a few heaters.
It would of been nice if the food vendors had an equal amount of vendors selling goods around them. Or that they were spaced out better to have tables near the food areas.
Here are just a few of my thoughts to help y'all with next year. And again thank you for a fun and wonderful night!