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Feature Article - January 2006

Festival Fundamentals

Six habits of highly effective special events

By Stacy St. Clair


Pick a town, any town. You're sure to find at least one festival and a 5K or two during the year. They vary in size and scope. And they also vary in quality.

The most successful events pay attention to the little details. They worry as much about portable toilets as they do about sponsorships. They consider their steering committee as important as the headlining band.

We have talked with planners of some of the most lauded community events in the country and asked them to share their secrets of success.

Here then, with a nod to Stephen R. Covey, are six habits of highly effective events:

Recreonics - wibit - Keep Your Balance
National Construction Rental - Rent-A-Fence
Kay Park Recreation - American Made Park Equipment Since 1954
Recreation Supply - The Pool Supply Specialists
Belson Outdoors - Your Outdoor Superstore
RenoSys  - Pool Problems?  We have everything you need to make your pool like new.
Pilot Rock - Shop Trash Receptacles
Connect-a-Dock - Floating Dock Kayak Launch