<center>Letter to the Editor</center>

Great Race

got great support

The Great Race on June 19 was a tremendous success and the chamber is happy to report that we received a lot of positive response for the efforts put into this event. Many businesses reported they had record sales that day.

The community turnout was impressive and it was a pleasure to see celebrities such as Elvis Presley, John F. Kennedy, Jackie O., Bonnie and Clyde, Marilyn Monroe, Louise Brooks and Betty Boop mingling with locals. Our local Girl Scouts, Brownies, Boy Scouts and kids from the recreation center were included in the pledge of allegiance at the opening ceremony (great job!), and the Williams 5th Regimental Band led the local parade carrying a large 34 star flag. Pictures of that event can be viewed at www.greatrace.com.

The race could not have happened without the support of our title sponsor, the Route 66 Roadstore, owned by Jack Gaffney and Ginny Blatchley. They also contributed many hours of their time helping plan and carry out of the event. Thank you, Jack and Ginny! Many other sponsors helped to make the race a reality and they, along with everyone else who contributed their time, efforts and creativity are being recognized in a special thank-you ad in this issue of the Williams-Grand Canyon News.

The citizens of Williams who turned out to see the cars, cheer on the racers and join in the fun and festivities of this special evening were rewarded with great entertainment and the opportunity to see Williams decorated in fine style.

We may not have won the best overnight stop, but we came close and in the end Williams ended up a real winner.

The chamber hopes to bring more events of this magnitude to our local area and we look forward to the continued support of our community and businesses.

Thanks again to all of you.

Diana Croteau

Williams-Grand Canyon

Chamber of Commerce

Promotions Coordinator

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