React: How Would You Change Creve Coeur Days?

Negotiations for a new home for the event are ongoing.

Just over a week after organizers said the city's annual Creve Coeur Days four day carnival without a new home, a spokesperson for the event said Friday that they are still negotiating over some locations. At least one location emerged after Patch first reported the news.

Ed Farber said organizers are also in touch with the carnival operator. Farber said even if a site is secured, the annual May event could be forced to move to June.

Last weekend,

Come Up With A New Concept:  51 percent

Keep Looking For A New Venue: 35 percent

Cancel This Year And Try Again In 2013: 12 percent

Farber was interested in the poll results, although he was surprised by the support for a new concept, since he said attendance figures have been rising.

So in the spirit of moving the conversation along, what would you do if you could change the concept? What to you would make for the best Creve Coeur Days celebration?

Kalen Ponche March 11, 2012 at 04:28 PM
What about a big day of volunteerism? Everyone could meet at a central location and be given a community volunteer assignment and then come back for a giant picnic with music in a park. OR Creve Coeur could do a fitness day and hold a 5k run and giant dance class at a park with activities and stuff. I'm still not sure where they could hold it? I still advocate for Stacy Park. It's not CC but it's close!
Robin Tidwell March 12, 2012 at 12:52 AM
I wouldn't change much. I'd certainly not move it outside the city of Creve Coeur. It's a CC tradition for heaven's sake! And "a big day of volunteerism?" Whoopee. Many of us volunteer plenty already - it's supposed to be a celebration, thankyouverymuch. Likewise, a 5K run or what? Giant dance class? Ugh. No offense, maybe you all do stuff like that out in St. Charles, I don't really know. Personally, I think Monsanto should allow use of their gigantic parking areas for a carnival for a couple days.
Kalen Ponche March 12, 2012 at 01:06 AM
Actually, the idea for a volunteer day came from my time living in Kirksville. They held a "Big Event" in which people scattered across the community to work on various projects, then came back for food and fun. Although I live just outside of Creve Coeur in unincorporated St. Charles County, I'm not terribly familiar with what parks and properties the city owns. Last year was the first time I'd ever been to Creve Coeur Days. Since I do cover the city of St. Charles for work, I spend a lot of time at the festivals the city of St. Charles hosts. Sometimes it's nice to mix it up a bit. Just a thought!
Robin Tidwell March 12, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Hmmm. Never thought of St Charles county as being just outside Creve Coeur.
Kalen Ponche March 12, 2012 at 02:39 AM
Sorry, I meant unincorporated St. Louis County
Fixed Income March 12, 2012 at 02:55 PM
I would just let it slide for a year and use the money to fix potholes or something. times are tough. We can do without it for a year or two.
Robin Tidwell March 12, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Creve Coeur Days is a non-profit organization; the city itself doesn't pay the costs or run the event. Are you suggesting that CC Days donate the money to the city for pothole-fixing? Not sure how that would work, really....
Kimberly Armstrong March 12, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Move it back to Monsanto. Monsanto was the best place for parking and space.
TransducerX March 12, 2012 at 09:03 PM
1. It's a celebration. The whole thing is already volunteer in nature based as it's a non-profit and many of the vendor tents are charities (Lions, etc.) 2. Not sure how you can re-conceptualize the idea of a carnival. People can say that they'd like 'new concepts' but when asked for specifics I bet there'd be a dearth of ideas. 3. If BJCW and Monsanto are bowing out and there really are no other businesses with enough land to host the thing then that essentially forces it into the unincorporated areas. That's still better than not having it at all. 4. I'd really hate to see it take a year off because it's to easy for 1 year to turn into 2 which turns into 5...


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