DCEDC finalizes plans for Celebrate Glendive

Hunter Herbaugh
Sunday, July 18, 2021
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With Celebrate Glendive set to return on Thursday, July 22, the Dawson County Economic Development Council is still working on the finishing touches to the event. At a special meeting of the council on Thursday, July 15, Executive Director Jason Stuart noted there is still a need for volunteers and the council discussed some rearrangement to the event area.

The event this year will be on Merrill Avenue between the Towne Street and Power Street intersections, closing off a three block stretch of road starting at 2 p.m. on the day of the event. With temperatures that day expected to be high, Stuart noted that having more volunteers would be helpful to avoid anyone getting overworked in the heat.

Volunteers are primarily needed for are to help set up the stage for the bands, help move tents, tables and chairs and the council also needs people who are willing to sit in the dunk tank they have planned.

For the most part, the other council members have volunteered to help with most of the set up and Stuart said he is also encouraging members of the Bell Street Bridge Committee to help as well to learn how to assemble and disassemble the stage since they will be using it for their event next weekend.

For the dunk tank though, the council is considering providing an opportunity for people to “challenge” others, meaning they donate some money and challenge their friends to either match their donation or get in the dunk tank. Any money raised through this would go towards the restoration of the EPEC T-Rex mural.

There was also some discussion on recruiting some high school athletes to man the dunk tank as a way of getting local students involved in the effort and possibly boosting participation.

“It gets them involved. It lets them know that they’re helping raise money for (the T-rex),” council member Bruce Miller noted.

“I think we’ll get a lot more participation if it’s the sport or the cheerleaders or anything, I think that’s an excellent idea,” council member Cindi Togni added.

Aside from the need for volunteers, the layout of the event area is still being figured out. Stuart noted he wants to have it set up in a way that encourages people to spread out so that the downtown businesses in the event area get plenty of exposure, however the other council members expressed some concern that locating the stage near one end of the area would mean people congregate there.

To help spread people more, the council members suggested moving the stage to the center of the area, to about where the former Radio Shack building used to be. This would help spread the sound of the music evenly throughout the area while also making sure people aren’t gathering all on one side. This would also move the event out of the city parking lot so that it can be used for storing equipment, as well as parking for event attendants.

The event kicks off on July 22 at 5 p.m. Musical acts will begin playing at 6 p.m. starting with local band MBJ (formerly Mighty Big Jim and the Tall Boys), then continue with country music artist Levi Blom. Some seating will be provided though people are also encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs.

The next meeting of the DCEDC is scheduled for Thursday, August 26 at 4 p.m

Reach Hunter Herbaugh at rrreporter@rangerreview.com.