Bringing in visitors during these tough economic times and especially for our fall festivals is critical to our businesses.
The Sun Valley-Ketchum Chamber & Visitors Bureau staff was instrumental in growing the Trailing of the Sheep Festival, which now brings in 10,000 visitors to our valley for a weekend celebration of our history, heritage and culture.
The chamber professionals are gone. I don't have time to write much today since their help isn't available. I am left to figure out who are the best reporters around the West to ensure that articles appear to bring people to this festival.
The chamber has been a huge help to this festival and to all of our festivals and events. That we are left on our own as a small festival with a part-time staff to handle everything without funding from the cities and no chamber in Sun Valley is a disgrace.
I certainly hope we can do better in the future.
Mary Austin Crofts
Trailing of the Sheep Festival