Tuesday, October 01, 2013
By now I am sure you have seen the advertisements, stories and signs around town promoting Crabapple Fest, a revamped and expanded version of the Crossroads at Crabapple Arts and Antique Festival with elements of the Milton Roundup. This is the first time we’re partnering with the Crabapple Community Association (CCA) to produce an event like this, and I’m excited to see the results.
So for my letter this month, can I ask you to have a bit of fun with me?
I want everyone to think about being a kid. Little kid, teenager – it really doesn’t matter. Just think of a fun time in your life. Think about going to the fair or a parade with your family. Maybe it’s a fall harvest festival, maybe a spring school carnival.
I want you to imagine the sights, the sounds, the smells. I want you to imagine getting your face painted, making a craft, getting some of that great food that just doesn’t taste the same anywhere else.
Remember seeing your friends after agreeing at school to meet up? Think about getting that little dose of freedom because your parents felt safe letting you run around with your group of friends. It felt good, didn’t it? Like the night was never going to end.
Think about having that little bit of money in your pocket – a hard earned allowance or grass cutting money. Did you buy something as soon as you got there? Did you take a look around first, weighing every option until you just had to have that one special thing?
That warm feeling you’re experiencing in your chest remembering all this stuff– that’s home. That’s Crabapple Fest. That’s what it’s going to feel like 10, 20 years from now for the thousands of people we expect to come to Milton.
Much in the same way the taste of Alpharetta pulls nearly 60,000 people to the city in May or the AJC Decatur Book Festival draws 85,000 over Labor Day weekend, Crabapple Fest can become a destination festival for Milton.
It can serve as a yearly symbol of our amazing, unique community – the history it holds, the value it places on quality of life, the special place it reserves for fellowship among friends and neighbors.
Because we’ve got something really special here in Milton. And I think it’s about time we started showing it off to everybody else.
That’s enough for this month. If you're ever out and see me in the community, give me a shout. I’d be glad to talk about this great town we call home and the many exciting things we’re doing to keep it the special place we all know it to be.
And if you can’t, just give me a ring or shoot me an e-mail sometime. I’d love to hear from you.
Mayor Joe Lockwood