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Organizers say Sites 'n' Bites does well

Nevis Sites 'n' Bites attracted a good-sized crowd Sunday, but one of the event's planners said they some aspects could have gone better. "I think the event went over very well," said Committee Chair Tracey Ganley. "The music was well attended. T...

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Five musicians, ironically named the Jacob Mahon Trio, perform for a crowd during Sites 'n Bites at the Shenaningan's Stage.

Nevis Sites 'n' Bites attracted a good-sized crowd Sunday, but one of the event's planners said they some aspects could have gone better.

"I think the event went over very well," said Committee Chair Tracey Ganley. "The music was well attended. There were a lot of people in town, walking around, and that's very good for the businesses."

Attractions included food booths, live music, art and craft booths, a community painting, face painting and bubble makers for kids, sidewalk chalk art, a row of motorcycles parked along County 2 and a Nash Rambler in good condition, displayed at the curb.

Areas that could stand some improvement, she said, included the amount of funds raised for the Akeley/Nevis Community Food Shelf through cash donations and sales of Sites 'n' Bites passports.

"We sold less passports and got less donations this year," said Ganley, estimating that approximately 100 passports were sold.

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People who had their passports fully stamped by visiting all the listed vendors could enter them as tickets in a drawing for gift certificates to local businesses. Ganley said they got a lot of completed passports back.

Nevertheless, she thought many visitors didn't know where to go to pick up their passports, partly thanks to the Chamber of Commerce visitors' center being upstaged by vendor booths. Making the visitors' center more visible is another area to improve next year, Ganley said.

"We're always looking for more local artists who want to get involved," she added.

Robin Fish is a staff reporter at the Park Rapids Enterprise. Contact him at rfish@parkrapidsenterprise.com or 218-252-3053.
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