Thousands enjoyed a great weekend

Desperation is a great motivator.
When Downtown Augusta Inc. was threatened with the loss of more than $13,000 a year in funding from a few members of the Augusta City Council, supporters rallied to prove the value of the organization.
One thing I have learned in serving on boards and committees is that ideas are a dime a dozen. The difference between an idea and a successful event is money and a lot of hard work.
Thanks to that financial and time investment by so many sponsors and volunteers for the Brick Street Festival, thousands enjoyed a great weekend in downtown Augusta. Petting zoos, pig races, dozens of vendors, Bikers on the Bricks, movies at the historic theatre, a fun carnival and even the annual Relay for Life were all held downtown, while baseball and softball tournaments and a city-wide garage sale took place in other areas of Augusta.
If you don’t think there was anything to do in Augusta this weekend, you just don’t do anything.
But as the organizers of events like Greater Andover Days and El Dorado’s Western Heritage Festival can tell you, the day after the event closes is a good time to start work on next year’s plans.
To host an event that draws thousands every year is difficult. The recipe is equal parts creativity and sweat equity.
Organizers also have to have thick skin.
Aristotle said the best way to avoid criticism is to do nothing, say nothing and be nothing. Trust me when I tell you some people will complain about anything. If they found a $100 bill, they would complain because the ink was faded.
Nothing is ever good enough or big enough to please these naysayers. And if it is big enough and good enough, they will find other problems.
You can’t listen to those people. If someone has an idea or suggestion to improve the event, listen. But remember that opinions are also a dime a dozen (which is why the newspaper surrounds my column with lots of more valuable information).
Bill Cosby is famous for saying,” I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone.”
As I wandered around downtown Augusta, I took note of every detail that had to be handled by someone. Then I was amazed that none of the people handling those details received a penny for their efforts. This is true in Augusta, just like it is when we head to events in El Dorado, Andover, Rose Hill, Douglass, Leon and Towanda.
If you think about it, find and thank the people who put on events like this. Otherwise, it can become a thankless job where only the naysayers are saying anything.
For every great event, there is a big group of people who sacrifice their money, time and talent to make it happen.
Take the time to tell them you appreciate them making your town a better place to live.

Kent  Bush is the publisher of the Butler County Times Gazette and can be reached at: