Winter Park continues negotiations over Veterans Rally
Grand County, Colorado
Negotiations over the Salute to American Veterans Rally are continuing.
That was the report by Chamber of Commerce Director Catherine Ross to the Winter Park Town Council at its Tuesday morning meeting. She said the negotiations are “going well” between the Chamber and Pro Promotions, the producer and promoter of the veterans rally.
“We’re working with Pro Promotions,” Ross said. “We’re almost there, but we’re not ready to bring it to the Town Council just yet.”
Ross said the Chamber plans to bring its recommendation to the town council at its next meeting on Monday, Nov. 3. She said Pro Promotions’ Director Jim Wear would also attend to answer questions.
The negotiations followed public protests after it was announced the Winter Park Town Council had decided during a Sept. 9 special meeting “not to invite” Pro Promotions back to produce the annual veterans rally. Several local businesses objected, claiming the rally was one of the best events of the summer. Local veterans also argued against the cancellation.
Following those protests, both the Chamber of Commerce and Winter Park Town Council decided to reconsider the decision and directed Ross to continue negotiations with Pro Promotions.
This year’s Salute to American Veterans Rally was slated for Aug. 15-17 in Fraser and Winter Park, but an unseasonable snowstorm hit the area, which forced the event to be shortened. This was the rally’s second year in the Fraser Valley.
The Salute to American Veterans Rally includes the traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall and a mainstreet military parade in downtown Winter Park with marching units and hundreds of veterans on motorcycles.
The Salute to American Veterans Rally was conducted for 14 years in Cripple Creek before moving to the Fraser Valley in 2007.
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