OUR VIEW: Boos, Brews and Brats … and the Elks

The pace in downtown Manistee slows a little during the fall and as the leaves begin to change color, so often does the traffic going in and out of the shops on River Street.

With this in mind, it was good to hear last week that the Manistee Elks will continue the tradition of what has become an annual Halloween-themed event, Boos, Brews and Brats.

Earlier last week, the Downtown Development Authority announced that it was canceling the long-running event, while re-evaluating its schedule of events as a whole, following the resignation of its current director.

Within 12 hours of hearing the news of the demise of Boos, Brews and Brats, members of the local Elks club agreed to start planning the event. We applaud them for stepping up and taking this on.

The Halloween-themed event/festival typically includes children and adults alike dressing up in costumes, which allows trick-or-treating at downtown businesses in the afternoon for children, and offers an adult costume contest at night. In addition, there are children’s games in the afternoon, and food and beer for adults in the evening.

Under the leadership of the Elks, this year’s edition will offer kids events, fun activities for the adults and possibly some new attractions.

As one of the oldest community-based organizations in Manistee, the Elks currently hold successful Halloween, Fourth of July and Christmas related parties, and the inclusion of Boos, Brews and Brats will make their October-related party into an even bigger celebration.

When it boils down to it, any event or festival takes more than just a few organizers to plan and execute, as well as a lot of volunteers to make it all possible. In this day and age, finding people to donate their time seems to be more scarce than it has been before.

Thus, we commend the Elks, and volunteers, for filling what would be a void in the community at the end of October and continuing what has become a Halloween tradition.

We would also like to compliment the DDA and the Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce on the many events they plan each year. These events, the big ones as well as the smaller ones, promote our community and allow residents and visitors alike to spend time in our city.

It takes leadership to get the ball rolling, and volunteers to execute the plan. Thank you to all the organizations that host events showcasing Manistee County. We know it’s no small task.

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