“I think it went fantastic. We had good weather and good crowds.” That is how Mallory Wetzell, co-chair of the event, described the 2021 version of Tampico Days Festival.
The event was rebooted in 2019 after interest was waning among organizers. A committee was formed and charged with pumping new life into the annual celebration. A few new events were added that year including fireworks, but the cancellation of the July tradition in 2020 due to Covid-19 negated the new committee’s momentum.
Undeterred, the committee added even more events to this year’s gathering and based on feedback, received the event was a hit. “Everything went as expected,” said Wetzell. “There were a few areas like the vendor show that we had never had before and we had never arranged a parade!” The parade, until this year, was under the direction of the Tampico Lions’ Club. “The two events we thought might not go well were both extremely well received.”
As with all events, the financial side is critical to keeping the longevity and growth of the annual fun going. Wetzell said, “Financially we did very well. We had a lot of donations for fireworks, which will be used to make them bigger for next year.” Over six hundred tickets were sold for Saturday night’s performance by Brushville and the committee gathered over thirty gold and silver sponsorships.
A first time 50/50 drawing earned the winner $917.00 with the other half going towards next year’s event.
“We received a lot of good feedback and a lot of thank yous,” said the co-chair.
One big change to a staple of the festival was making the fishing derby a virtual event. Participants had to register and were given a unique token, which had to be included in a picture of the catch along with a tape measure showing the length. “The kids were free to fish on their own and we may increase the time frame for next year,” said Wetzell.
Wetzell and co-chair Tara Walters will meet with their committee in the next week to evaluate this year’s event and set tentative dates for next year.
“I am very grateful that people came to the event and supported us. I am super grateful to our sponsors that financially allowed us to hold the festival as they gave a huge boost,” said Wretzell. “Several people have volunteered to help out next year and the wheels are already turning.”
Best Float -Jeff’s Auto Repair
Best Antique Vehicle – Silas Newman, 1959 John Deer 830
Best Walking Display – Rebecca Bauer, Horses
Most Humorous- Larry Voss – Redneck Yacht Club
3rd Place – Karen Bland, Horses $50
2nd Place – St. Mary’s Catholic Church $75
1st Place-Reagan Birthplace Museum $100