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Sat, Feb. 22

Letter: More venues = more spent revenue

To the editor:

I was excited to see the letter to the editor in the Williams-Grand Canyon News last week that Mark Worden wrote about the Grand Canyon Renaissance Faire that's coming to Williams. This faire will give me a chance to be a part of a fun-filled event that will benefit the amazing city of Williams, and add another to a series of outstanding events on the city's calendar.

The more venues Williams attracts, the more consumers and revenue will come to our city. I am very thankful that these folks (visitors) come to us, and Williams is in for a treat. It has been labeled the "best small faire in the country and arts and entertainment renaissance style."

I've attended renaissance events for numerous years and they never fail to thrill me with the uncommon entertainment and the chance to purchase rare extraordinary products that I could find nowhere else. My family and I have also had a few opportunities to be vendors at faires. Don't tell anyone, it was so much fun that we didn't care how well the "vend" did, we just had a good time

I've known Mark for many years. I would call him one dedicated to raising the bar for Williams tourism and most definitely a visionary. Mark has created quality renaissance events for much of a decade and is committed to quality and detail, this being very evident, particularly in the past several years. I am grateful that so many support the faire and ask the community to join me in with me and support Mark in whatever way we can.

From working with Mark, I have found that he is also committed to bringing a more permanent venue to Williams for the summer months, special events and much more than that. What a great addition to northern Arizona's tourist capital (Williams, of course), an interactive renaissance park, open during the summer months plus.

Picture this type of visitor, "Hey dear, you wanted to go to the Grand Canyon? Well check this out. We could also see the Deer Farm and Bedrock City for the kids. Wait there's more here, let me read it. We could stay in Williams, ride the Grand Canyon Railway, see Bearizona and look here. We could go to the Interactive Grand Canyon Renaissance Park, too." Williams ... what a place.

Carl Bilharz


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