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Galt Festival canceled for this year

City plans to start its own festival in 2012

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Posted: Tuesday, April 26, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 8:52 am, Tue Apr 26, 2011.

This year, Galt residents will not eat fair food, watch a parade or ride carnival rides at the Galt Festival on the Fourth of July, because it is canceled.

In March, the Galt City Council unanimously voted to start its own festival in 2012. The Galt Festival Board members said they were surprised by this announcement because city staff and council members never told them they had plans to take over the festival in future years.

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  • Charles Nelson posted at 12:47 am on Wed, Apr 27, 2011.

    Charles Nelson Posts: 259

    Good point Dan. If you think rationally about it, family members are working Friday. By the time you get home from work, have a bite, and gather up the kids, it's at least 7:00 by the time you'd get there, park, and pay to get through the gate. Who'd bother wasting their time going for a couple of hours? That makes Friday a bust for the vendors. The only people who would likely be there would be packs of teens being loud and profane. Not family enough for most. Saturday night, 2 hours past sundown sounds more than reasonable. On Sunday night, the traditional fireworks night for many years, it would be nice to see them shot off after dark. The Grape Festival is open until midnight on Friday and Saturday, and 11:00 on Sunday. I guess the Council thinks that the citizens of Lodi are either more adult than in Galt, or less family oriented.

  • Dan Denier posted at 11:47 pm on Tue, Apr 26, 2011.

    Dan Denier Posts: 2

    Wanting the event to shut down at 9pm in the middle of summer, when it doesnt get dark until around then or later, is a foolish expectation. The festival committee proposed to change from midnight to 11pm. That seems like a fair compromise to me. You know Barbara and Marylou like to talk about tradition and the love they have for this town, but the fesitval is one of the most historic and traditional events we have. It appears the only reason they are throwing a monkey wrench into the festival is for power. They want the power to run the festival like they do everything else. As a Mayor, Barbara should be doing everthing she can to make sure the festival occures. I know the mayors in the past sure would have.

  • teri jones posted at 7:46 am on Tue, Apr 26, 2011.

    teri jones Posts: 12

    This is unfortunate. Add to this the fact that the non-profits will likely also lose fireworks revenue, because of Lodi legalizing the sale and use of them in their town. This is a double-slap for the children of this community.. no actually, a triple -slap... what are they going to do for that weekend?? I am sure they will take their spending money to Lodi and deposit it in their coffers....I do wonder if there is some other reason the city council wants to put this festival in their own pocket ?$?$?$?$?

  • Charles Nelson posted at 7:39 am on Tue, Apr 26, 2011.

    Charles Nelson Posts: 259

    With a receding hairline, and a vast an mount of gray in my beard, I never remember a summer without a Galt Festival. I would be horribly embarrassed if it were to be canceled during my tenure on the council. Looks like I'll have to take my grandson to a city other than ours to see the fireworks this year. What a ship of fools.



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