Slim's Bar & Grill
Old Harley Rider

Mount Pleasant, TX

#1 Sep 16, 2010
Well, so I hear it is still up in the air as to whether Slim's will be having the beer garden for us bikers after ChickFest in Pittsburg. I know the "brilliant" minds at the Chamber of Commerce havent thought much about all the delays they have caused him hin getting this activity going. The Pittsburg Gazette reported all of the Chamber members voted in secret about the Beer Garden. I guess these business owners did not want to run off their customers that thought other than they did. If your going to be in an organization then have then guts to stand up and say I think it should be this way and why. Now we bikers are not going to have so many drinks, that we get drunk, ride off on our Harleys, and crash them into something. When you spend many thousands of dollars on a Harley you take care of it, as well as yourself. Now, because of all the delays and bs, even if Billy gets it all going he has lost the lead time to really make it all an effective sales day for his business. Not to mention all of the sales tax revenue that the city would get as well as the kickback to the Chamber as it was stated they would get. As many people in Pittsburg have said, ChickFest is all about raising money to stuff in the pockets of the Chamber, as to what the Chamber really does with the money, nobody knows. The Chamber had the balls to go to the City and ask for an increase in funding recently, which was DENIED. Now if it was a worthwhile organization, I don't think the City would have denied an increase, but as everyone knows the Chamber and the City don't get along. If the Chamber had any sense it would go in with the City and combine the Economic Development Director position with the Chamber Director position, pay a higher salary to the individual and would therefore be able to hire an individual that knows what they are doing. We know it pays the directors salary and they do a few activities that are more busy work than productive work. Ask any merchant in town, most of them are not Chamber members and the few that are say the same thing, none see any "meaningful" results out of the Chamber. The Chamber has turned ChickFest into their own personal fund raiser rather than trying to bring more business into town. This is why ChickFest has been on the decline for so many years. Someone said the Chamber was putting out that they had over 130 booths sold for ChickFest on their website, well I don't think they have ever sold that much. We'll see this Saturday when we ride into town. I doubt it, but if so great, I'm curious where the money will go and if it is used for something worthwhile or blown supporting a director and staff. ChickFest needs to return to the old days of when it was Pioneer Days. The focus was on bringing people into town and everyone having a good time and it benefiting the local merchants. The people selling food and other items on the street were not extorted for excessive amounts of money to have a little masken taped area on the street. Get your old values back Pittsburg and you might make it. Continue heading on this idiotic course and you will dry up and blow away. I'm an old guy and have quite a bit of money. I got this way by making smart decisions and I am here to tell you that those in charge of this stuff clearly lack any expertise in business and common sense.

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#2 Sep 21, 2010
I had a great time, hope everybody else did to.

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