Cache Valley Daily is talking to Logan Municipal Council Candidates prior to the November election. Today’s question of Angela Fonnesbeck is “What should Logan City do about future July 4 ‘Freedom Fire’ celebrations in light of the $60,000 lost staging the event last summer?” “It’s a really neat event for the city. It’s a really neat event for our citizens. It’s a really neat opportunity to pull everybody together in a very patriotic event. But, clearly, the city can’t be losing these kind of resources on this type of event. I think the city took some good efforts to help to share the costs by partnering with the University. But if we’re going to hold a Fourth of July event of this magnitude we probably need to look at sharing those costs in a county-wide celebration or with some other partners, or we need to be looking at a little bit smaller event that doesn’t result in the fiscal responsibility to the city. “It’s a tough call. Fiscally we can see that it didn’t work (bringing in high profile band Diamond Rio as the central draw). Given that that there were a large number of empty seats in the higher priced areas, I think that the ticket prices we had really priced a lot of families out. My husband and I our extended families opted to have a barbeque and a picnic at someone’s house instead, because of the cost. It would be really unfortunate if we continue to push high profile groups and not fill the stadium for this type of event. The high profile group only works if it’s affordable.”
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