Clarkfield Civic and Commerce is seeking public input on future Heart of the Prairie Days celebrations and rallying the city of Clarkfield for ideas and other Civic and Commerce projects that might benefit the community.
Civic and Commerce will host a ‘Call to Action Open Forum’ at Clarkfield City Hall on Tuesday, July 10 at 7:00 p.m. All that’s being asked of attendees is to come with, or be ready to listen to, innovative ideas for Heart of the Prairie Days and other projects to benefit the community.
“We really just want to gather information and input from the community. We’re just coming down from this year’s Heart of the Prairie Days. It was great and our volunteers were great. We just want to keep that volunteer spirit going,” said Civic and Commerce Secretary Stephanie Randall.
This year Heart of the Prairie Days returned to a mid-week festival after it had been scheduled as a weekend celebration for the past three years. Held Wednesday and Thursday, June 6-7 this year—the celebration remained largely a success, according to C&C members—though the length of the celebration was shortened and events pared down.
“We know some people like (Heart of the Prairie Days) on the weekend for various reasons,” said C&C President Jeff Randall in an earlier statement explaining the celebrations return to a mid-week event. “But last year we broke-even. And that’s our goal, really, it’s supposed to be an event for-the-people and by-the-people and all that, but we also need the money we raise at this event to subsidize other (Civic and Commerce) events throughout the year.”
The difficulty has been that the celebration falls amidst a jam-packed civic schedule that includes graduation at Yellow Medicine East and Boyd’s annual city celebration ‘Good Time Days’.
“We’re not locked in to keeping it a mid-week event,” said C&C member Kris Swanson. “But the great thing is that mid-week we can get anyone we want: marching bands for the parade, performers and there’s no real conflict...
“So, we’re open to all new ideas. We’re not so old that we’re just stuck in our ways,” said Swanson with a laugh.
Said Stephanie Randall, “(Heart of the Prairie Days) is a community event that tries to get people out and about. We just want people to make it their own.”
C&C is hoping to see some new faces at the ‘Call to Action’ event and diversify the number of people engaged in community events and organizations.
Stephanie Randall said that though nearly every business in Clarkfield are members of C&C, the organization has only about 6-7 fully active individuals involved. So, at this event they’re hoping that people will come out; including people who may not be C&C members, or haven’t been involved with the C&C before and those who are involved in other organizations.
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Said Swanson, “We don’t know what people want unless we ask. So, we’re asking.”
For more information see the ‘Entertainment page’ in the B-Section of this paper, or contact Stephanie Randall at (320) 226-7173.