Depot Days raises $6,200 total, $3,500 for depot operations
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STANDISH — The seventh annual Depot Days were held in Standish Oct. 1 and 2, and Arenac Heritage Route Authority President Curt Hillman said this year’s event was one of the best the depot has had.
“Everything went so smooth the entire weekend,” he said. “I think this year’s event was what we have been hoping for from the start.”
Hillman said approximately $6,200 was raised at the event, $3,500 of which will go toward operating costs at the depot.
He added that nearly 300 people were on the depot grounds at the busiest hours Oct. 1.
“We had a lot of people stopping in and passing through,” he said. “It was a great way to promote the community. Of course, money is raised to help support the cost of running the depot during the year, but this is a community event for all to enjoy.”
Hillman said that, unlike the previous Depot Days, he felt there was a balance to all of the different attractions.
“We had all of our vendors and attractions out front and we had our pie baking contest inside the depot, along with other attractions,” he said. “We definitely found a layout for the event that works well with what we wanted to do.”
Hillman said all of the events and attractions were in one area in front of the depot, including 22 vendors, doubling the total number of vendors from 2010.
“In all, I think that the whole thing was a success,” he said. “Even our cleanup was easy. Everyone was able to just pick up and leave. I think we found our layout for future Depot Days.”