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Yorkfest 2018

By July 31, 2017Events

Thank you to all that joined in the celebration of our community!  We look to the community for constructive feedback as we close out the event.  We are able to provide the various event coordinators this information so they can decide what direction to take their individual events.  Please follow the link to complete the brief 4 question survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VTVXNW5

Successes:

• Thursday nights events being able to be attended together in the same location within the Holthus Convention Center. Although this change of plans wasn’t ideal because we would have liked to keep the events closer to downtown, it is so nice to have the option of the HCC. All who attended felt like this was a great venue for the evenings events. The York County Ministerial Alliance served over 700 hotdogs and there were not many of the 500 coronation cupcakes remaining at the end of the night. Families enjoyed the bounce houses and the magician brought in by the Kilgore Memorial Library. It was great to hear the children’s laughter and excitement as the magician performed! And many farmers market vendors expressed how pleased they were with the evening’s traffic through the venue.
• The Chamber enjoyed the partnership with Champion Homes for the Neon at Night runs Friday evening. Champion did an amazing job setting up and executing the event for the runners.
• Saturday’s street fair and parade were a huge success and we feel the parade route change didn’t affect the excitement and anticipation one bit! The parade had 17 area marching bands and 73 floats entered by local businesses and organizations. Everyone really got into this year’s Hawaiian theme “Leis and Shades” and created some awesome floats! J&R’s Heating and Air Conditioning’s entry earned the top spot with their smoking and bubbling volcano which everyone seemed to be amazed by.

Challenges:
• The week’s wet weather leading up to Thursday’s events. The ground’s saturation levels created unsafe conditions for the family fun night’s bounce houses to be securely staked. It also posed a risk for slippery conditions with wet socks and feet on the bounce house’s vinyl material. We had to keep safety in mind and we greatly appreciated the York County Ministerial Alliance, City of York’s Public Works staff, and the bounce house rental company’s communication and input to help make the decision to change the location.

Yorkfest’s planning starts months in advance. All the weekend’s events and sponsors are finalized mid-summer for the celebration in September. If an organization or business would like to sponsor an event for 2019’s celebration, please talk with the York Chamber. A HUGE thank you goes out to all the York Chamber Ambassadors and Board of Directors for always being so willing to step up and help keep things orderly and running smooth! And we greatly appreciate all the businesses and organizations who hosted events and participated this year! This is what we feel Yorkfest is about; taking the time for people and businesses to come together to highlight our community and celebrate its people. Stay tuned for 2019’s theme…it’s going to be a good one for York’s 40th Yorkfest!