Sir: I found last year’s RetroFest to be an impressive event, but this year’s event can truly claim to be the winner of “Chatham-Kent’s Got Talent” and winner of a provincial, if not a national “Idol” competition. Crowds during peak time seemed to be the same as last year, except the peak time lasted significantly longer, providing evidence of a better-attended event.
Our company has hosted and sponsored events in Canada and in the U.S. I can strongly state, proportional to the intent and meaning of this event, our company could not have come close to a level of success demonstrated by this year’s RetroFest. I always appreciate any community initiative that pays multiple dividends back to Chatham-Kent.
We are a multi-community and not just a Ward 6 City of Chatham district. Although RetroFest seems to create a dynamite infusion of economics to our Chatham downtown core, all C-K communities seemed to have benefitted. Many people I chatted with came from many miles away, and as they said, used this event to visit friends and relatives in our C-K communities.
One couple I met from Kitchener was staying in Wallaceburg for the weekend and asked me for a listing of retail shops.
Another couple asked for a listing of antique and flea markets. Of course a number of our communities have such retails stores. This confirmed to me that RetroFest creates spin-off for our communities other than just Chatham. That’s what it’s about.
With the diversity of happenings at RetroFest, the historical, cultural, educational and entertainment value, my applause is intense to everyone involved with the annual hosting of such a world-class function.