Festivals help give identity to community

Published 10:05 am Friday, October 7, 2011

When it comes to having a good time and bringing the community together, the City of Ironton could learn a few things from its small village neighbors.

Chesapeake is gearing up for it annual Octoberfest, a tradition that attracts hundreds of residents to get together, fellowship and just generally have a good time. The event attracts people by offering a variety of opportunities for fun including a 5K race, a fire prevention parade, attractions for children and lots of vendors.

This comes on the heels of Hanging Rock Fun Days, another community celebration designed to help people to get to know their neighbors and allow the children in the community to have a good time in a safe, family-friendly environment.

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Coal Grove has its Family Fun Days every July and is preparing for some of its Christmas celebrations.

The City of Ironton should look to emulate these communities and find its own niche.

Right now, the city has a handful of functions like the Halloween and Christmas parades and the Gus Macker Basketball tournament but these are hosted by civic organizations.

The city itself should look for a way to lead on this and create a community-wide celebration that can bring people together and help instill a sense of pride in Ironton.

Changing attitudes and perceptions are the first steps for positive change.