Festival planners discuss ideas for bigger, better show

Only two weeks have passed since the Standin’ on the Corner festival but organizers are already working on how to improve it for next year.

The Standin’ on the Corner Foundation recently held its wrap-up meeting and discussed several ideas including adding more vendors and using a private security firm to guard the barricades.

“We’d like to have the police out mingling with the crowd and addressing issues as they come up as opposed to standing watching a barricade,” foundation spokesman Loren Sadler said.

Hiring a private company to handle security next year also would relieve the burden on the Winslow Police Department and city budgets. However, it would be and added expense for the foundation.

Police Lt. Jim Sepi said that as far as the department is concerned there were no major issues.

“The whole thing went off really well,” he said. “There’s just some minor little things but that was to be expected.”

The foundation also discussed adding more vendors, especially arts and crafts. Food vendors did well, Sadler said, but then they usually do at these types of festivals. He said several food vendors told him they did well.

“We’d like to bring more (arts and crafts vendors) in, it’s just sometimes they don’t do as well as the food vendors,” he said. “Everybody’s going to eat.

“I know some of the vendors were saying they made more on this event then sometimes they do down in Phoenix or Tucson.”

Exact numbers for crowds aren’t possible since the event is free but Sadler said donations from businesses were down slightly, but beer garden and auction donations offset the losses.


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