Hopefully a different carnival company these people were rude , and had exspensive games quarter games to win a a small candy bar or a sucker really what a rip off we didnt play any games and hardly seen anyone who had one anything and we were down there every night , and then adults couldnt ride with there kids. and the rides looked like they were 50 years old all rusty and dirty.
Please bring back the Sea Cruisers for the Street Dance. They did such a great job, played great music, and didn't talk for 5 minutes between each song. We used to enjoy the Street Dance so much when they were featured.
I haven't heard anything but negative comments about this year's street dance band (lack of talent and disorganized) and the new carnival (rude operators, false advertising ("Fresh Squeezed Lemonade" actually Crystal Lite with a slice of lemon in it), lack of little kid rides). Which is a shame because these have always been so popular in the past.
Regarding other choices, I think movies in the Park would be a good choice for the whole Summer, period, not just Coast Guard Fest.
I'd say the waterfront is already filled to capacity during CGF, I don't see how bringing Katy Perry down there would add anything but Chaos.
I think a Venetian Parade would be a great Thursday night event that wouldn't cost the city much/anything, and might lead to some of the boats staying decorated though the weekend which might be fun to see down at the marina during the big Carnival nights.
It is very disappointing that the clown band has not been scheduled at the Waterfront Stadium for the last two years. My husband (who passed away in May 2014) loved the Clown Band so much that we never missed an appearance at the waterfront stadium and, he followed them through the entire parade route every year until he could not keep up any longer. The stadium was always filled. Someone told me that it was discontinued because "people were getting tired of it."But the people who treasure the appearance of the clown band and think of it as a 'tradition' are the 'old-timers' who were the founders of the Coast Guard Festival. They made many sacrifices these many years to keep this tradition going. Many of these original founders are getting too old to participate in the activities associated with the festival where severe over-crowding is present because of physical limitations and lack of transportation. Some cannot participate for extended periods of time. But they still would enjoy seeing the fireworks on TV and would be overjoyed to come to see the Scottville Clown Band. For their sake, is it possible to include it in the program from now on? Perhaps we could have their performance on Harbor Island or at the Junior High on Cutler St. where there is a small Stadium in place. Please consider these suggestions seriously. These people desperately need to be included as much as possible.
I'd really like to vote on more than one. I enjoyed the venetian parades in the past. But, I voted for the Scottville Clown Band. I think the choice to eliminate them was a big mistake. Has anyone seen the crowd they get when they are at the Legion Coast Guard week? To say they were not popular any more was obviously wrong. I don't know if they would accept an invitation to come back after the negative things that were said, but, it sure would be worth a try.
A big name act would be great and I see this is the number one choice. But, where would they have it? The waterfront stadium would be much too small. The airport? Worship on the Waterfront has had big name groups come in and the seating overflows on to the lawn. That is fine because there is no barrier to watch the band. But, the CG committee covers the fence and all of the people wanting to attend wouldn't be able to get in or see.
And, I am in agreement about this year's street dance group. Please don't bring them back. Everyone I talked to thought they were pretty bad.
Beer tent,maybe at the Legon with difernt bands, it's geting boring, not much to do but walk around.
Beer tents! Now you're talking!
Actually the Clown Band was in town two days. You just need to find the beer. They were at the Legion Tuesday night and then at the Eagles club Saturday afternoon. One of their most successful days. Find the beer and you will find the Clowns. Offer them free beer at the Waterfront Stadium and they'll show up.
According to the comments, it looks like the consensus is to not add anything to the Coast Guard Festival that is Coast Guard related. Looks like the focus needs to be on dancing and clowns.
Or dancing clowns...or is that clowns dancing while drinking beer in a tent?
Dancing clowns playing their instruments while drinking beer and assembling a beer tent. Come on, it's CG Festival, anything's possible!
Why don't we be honest about this, this doesn't have to be a Coast Guard event, it could happen at any time and should happen more often. Put up a huge tent downtown somewhere with a portable dance floor; liberally apply sawdust, and have a band or DJ of better than average quality, and move to the groove. Serve a variety of ice cold beer and get right down to having a good time. Have several contracted vehicles available for those needing a ride following the jocularity, and have one hell of a freakn’ good time.
And for the love of all that is honest…don’t invite Brandon Hall…
Sure invite Hall, just have him sign in....his own name that is!
I can't name just one thing to bring back to the Coast Guard Festival. If we went back to a shorter event as in the 50's and 60's it could be more compact and meaningful. Back then the festival was run by Chuck Bugelski, Glen Eaton and Claude VerDuin with a handful of event helpers. The parade was run by Bugelski and about 3 or 4 parade marshalls and was a nicer parade. Nowdays most of the units are nothing but an advertisement for some business who slaps a sign on a vehicle and it's a "float". The Scottville Clown Band got a big boost back in the 50's due to Chuck Bugelski's backing and placing them at the end of the parade each year. The Coast Guard Parade was one of the band's first big events each year. We had some quality shows back then with some pretty big name stars, not the groups most people have never heard of. Chuck, Glen and Claude had the clout to get the Mackinaw in port each year and many appearances by the Air Force Thunderbirds and Navy Blue Angels. The past few years we have seen a festival committee grow too large and the quality of the event watered down by trying to fill a 10 day event.
I would like to see an end to the saving of spots for the fireworks. We boated thru on Friday. The waterfront was packed, but there wasn't anywhere for visitors to sit as the grass was all covered with blankets. It looks tacky. Seats were saved as early as Thursday, so there wasn't any seating for Friday night fireworks either. I heard more complaining about this practice than about anything else.
No politicians in the parade.
Anything new and different. Coast Guard Festival has become a rerun of itself year after year, which some people like I guess.
I would like to see people stop throwing candy. So many kids were out in the middle of the parade route and the parents were not making them stay out of the road, that was just a terrible accident waiting to happen. It was like Trick or Treating in July. Absolutely ridiculous! On the other hand I was a little disappointed with the big gaps of time between the floats. I miss the bugle corps and some of the other high school bands that are so entertaining. I love seeing the clown band at the waterfront. I am not that old but I do remember seeing it as a great treat as kid. Sorry there were so many negatives to this years Coast Guard but we also need to remember that we are honoring the men and women who have served and are still serving.
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