What it takes for Western Days

Dear Editor,

The annual Yorktown Western Days(YWD) is a highly anticipated event by Yorktown locals and the Crossroads area and beyond. The Mueller Family started the tradition in 1958 as a rodeo competition and quickly became an annual attraction of festivities. With the Grand Parade, festival foods and so on.

A small team of about 8 that make up the Yorktown Western Days Association board of directors, plans from one year’s event to the next to bring the family friendly festival to fruition. As with any production it comes with a price tag. Funding which is depended upon the success of the previous festival through beverage sales, vendor fees, entry fees and sponsorship dollars. With thousands of attendees throughout the weekend, port-o-potties are a necessary expense at a cost of over $10K, security of over $11K and entertainment of more than $60K for the weekend.

Such expenses are paid regardless of the outcome of the event or the weather. Yes, rain or shine, vendors expect their fees. While these are the most costly of the budget there are many other elements involved, some of which we are grateful for some in-kind contributions. Every effort is made to keep the fees and cost as low as possible to maintain the festivals family friendly attraction.

Sponsorship dollars are essential to help alleviate the burden of the costs and is an opportunity to highlight the awesome companies and individuals that are part of our community and support our causes. Yorktown Western Days is an annual “tradition” for many, locally, regionally and beyond. Many look forward to attending this event and sharing the “tradition” with many generations with their loved ones.

Yorktown Western Days Association is a 501C3 charitable organization and contributions are tax deductible. Proceeds benefit the YWD Wagon Wheel Charities that helps provide gifts for the less fortunate in the community of Yorktown and Nordheim through their Cowboy Claus “for a cause”, Scholarships, contributions to the local FFA, other various youth organizations, Shattered Dreams which works with high school students to show the affects of drinking and driving, Project Graduation that provides a safe event to Graduating Seniors the night of graduation and the Miss Yorktown Scholarship pageant.

The Yorktown Western Days Board thought that this disclosure might alleviate any concerns about the finances of Western Days. We are grateful for any contribution to the event whether it be in-kind, sponsorship, or lending a hand. To keep this “tradition” going for many more generations help from the community is needed.

Please call 361-564-2661 for donations or contributions.

Tammy Bitterly

Yorktown Western Days Association Event Coordinator

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