Fayetteville festivals and historical re-enactments: What we’re missing the boat on | Street Jazz

Fayetteville festivals and historical re-enactments: What we’re missing the boat on

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Now that Fayetteville’s Advertising and Promotion Commission has made the decision to fully support the festivals and events coming up in our fair town in the last half of 2010, I think that we all owe them a huge debt of thanks.

But more than that, I think, it is the responsibility of all of us to think of even more festivals that can take place here in  the New York City of the Ozarks.

Historical re-enactments are very popular; every years folks come from far and wide to see the Battle of Fayetteville fought anew on our streets. Well, berserk reader, there’s scads of other historical events in Fayetteville we could be plundering to entertain folks and fill our local coffers.

The Northwest Arkansas Times ran a piece on former Kohls tree-sitter Mary Goodheart. Well, why not re-enact the event?  Only this time, sell tickets? Okay - split the proceeds with Kohl’s and a local environmental group, but it would make a some money, I’m sure.  Action figures (of a sort) could be sold, and the songs and CDs could be sold to the public once more.

But why stop there?

The Great Incinerator War, which split the community asunder two decades ago could be re-enacted, not to mention the bitter struggle over the failed Human Dignity Resolution.

And what about the night that the Washington County Quorum Court - in a night of courageous bigotry it has yet to rival - withdrew job protection for gay employees?  If you didn’t think that that was a dramatic night, then you need to see it again.

The Great Access War of 1991-1992.

And that’s just off the top of my head.

As for events? Well, hey, back in what we laughingly refer to as the Olden Days, people actually used to refer to the “ley lines” that ran through Fayetteville. Maybe we cold sponsor a contest to try and find them again?

There’s money out there, dudes, and people want to spend it here.

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