Weather has a way of spoiling outdoor events.
Such was the situation this past Saturday, when windy conditions led to the cancellation of the annual Veterans Day parade in downtown Garden City. Winds whipping through town at some 60 mph were enough to force parade organizers to deem the situation too dangerous for floats and participants. However, that setback wasn't enough to wash out an otherwise enjoyable day of activities in place to salute veterans — an observance capped by another impressive fireworks display.
The next opportunity to line Main Street and take in floats and related festivities arrives in early December with the annual Christmas Parade in downtown Garden City.
Entries are being sought for the lighted, evening parade on Dec. 8. Scheduled alongside the parade are carriage rides, refreshments and another delightful performance of TubaChristmas on Grant Avenue.
When taking in any of the many good events staged year-round in the city, it's important to acknowledge the local merchants and other businesses that help make the events possible by way of sponsorships, volunteer assistance and contributions.
Such ventures also have a way of paying off in happy returns for local retailers.
As economic development forces — namely Garden City Downtown Vision, the Garden City Area Chamber of Commerce and Finney County Economic Development Corp. — work on attracting new businesses, they also understand the need to promote and support those already here.
They know that by keeping dollars in the community, local merchants who provide friendly, personal service — and give back by sponsoring holiday festivities and other events — stand a better chance of staying in business.
The hope always is that when local residents and visitors take in events and attractions the community has to offer, they're also shopping, eating and spending money in other ways. The sales tax receipts generated also promise to help us all save on future property tax bills.
It's easy to see how events downtown and beyond contribute to local quality of life. They also provide an opportunity to give local merchants a nice boost, something to keep in mind as another holiday season rolls around.