IF Yorktown Western Days-ZIEGFEST were managed in such a way that it actually MADE money and actually GAVE money to charities, then I'd be all for the growth of the festival. But that's simply not the case. At this point, it's just making money for the beer distributor at the expense of the small town values.
I think it's 'strange' that the Advocate would do a story on Western Days the week of the celebration in an attempt to show the riffs that exist in "small town America". The chamber members of Yorktown donate their extra time and effort after their regular jobs to "help make things happen" they are not salaried employees (some making over $100K a year) working for the "event". By the way, no where in the article did they mention Victoria's lack of being able to host their own event and make money in the process. What happened to the "Macaroni Fest" or the "Armadillo Fest"???? Seems to me that Victoria is trying to badmouth area "small" festivals in an attempt to show that area small towns are incapable of generating their own funds without hiring "educated professionals". They have been doing just fine; thank you.