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Food is a big part of the fun

September 7, 2013

Right up there with boats, music and fireworks when it comes to attractions at the Ohio River Sternwheel Festival are gyros, stromboli and lemon shakes....

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Sep-10-13 8:44 AM

Maybe the Marietta Times needs to do a story on what the local civic organizations spend their money on. The for-profits help by paying $1,100 fee but the non-profits money all stays here in the community. And once a line forms it doesn't matter if your selling fries for $3 or $5 you can only fry them so fast. So why wouldn't you want your non-profits to make as much as the for-profits. Civil organizations here are lucky that Marietta has so many events for them to work in. The fair, River Roar, and Sternwheel. Many are not as fortunate. It's more money for their projects and you get something you want without them begging you for a donation.

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Sep-10-13 8:34 AM

Tessie, your bias is showing. You conveniently leave out the fact that Clinton was a HUGE supporter of NAFTA, and is actually the one that signed it into law. Stop trying to blame everything on the GOP, especially when our economy tends to BOOM under their leadership.

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Sep-09-13 1:34 PM

Bobcat, it was my point that the hard working people who have local businesses (including concession stands owned by individuals), get my business before I buy something from a group that has volunteer labor.

Of course the event isn't free! Believe me, I understand that, but glad you pointed it out. I'd like to know the breakdown of the costs though. It might generate more donations from people if they know how much everything costs.

RealityinTheMOV, I avoid imports whenever possible. If the US didn't allow American corporations to ship the jobs overseas, and didn't allow those same corporations to keep their profits in tax sheltered accounts overseas, and didn't allow them to be bailed out with taxpayer money, then I'd listen to your beef a little more. Opening trade with China by Nixon, followed by the crafting of NAFTA by Reagan and Bush, signaled the beginning of the end for American products and the American worker.

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Sep-09-13 8:42 AM

Thank you, Bobcat. If people don't like it, then don't patronize them. However, most on here are hypocrites that would not hesitate to buy a $0.99 Chinese-made product over a $1.50 American-made product.

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Sep-08-13 9:21 PM

supplies, and wages, you’d be surprised how little is leftover from a $5 fries or $7.00 sandwich. Plus, they probably put in a 60 hour work week of hard labor in 3 ½ days. Thankfully you live in America when anyone can start a business, so please, by all means, go out and buy a concession trailer and start selling a bucket of fries for $3.00 and a sausage sandwich for $4.00 and see how long you are able to pay your mortgage or rent and feed your family.

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Sep-08-13 8:06 PM

It sure doesn’t take long for the complainers to surface. It’s fine that you want to support your local businesses like Work’s Place and you should be supporting businesses like that all year long. I hate to point this out to you but the Sternwheel Festival really isn’t free. Those fabulous fireworks don’t show up on that barge for free. That entertainment doesn’t just come here to play because they heard how great Marietta is. The port-a-johns you probably don’t think they have a enough of when you have to pee aren’t donated. The extra security that the festival has to hire because illiterate people can’t read road closure signs or caution tape isn’t free. And those food vender spots are $1,100.00 a piece and I would guess the Non-profits spots are no less than $800.00 (that’s a guess) a piece. After the for profits pay that Sternwheel Fee, the health dept. fee, have fire extinguishers that have to be tagged every year, liability ins., motor vehicle ins., gas, hotel expenses,

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Sep-07-13 11:59 PM

We spent five dollars on an ice cream cone and ten dollars on a plate of French fries. Obviously it wasn't worth it but there you are.

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Sep-07-13 11:09 AM

There's no healthy food offered at these events. Everything is fried, loaded with sugar, salt, msg, and who knows what else. When organizations are operating their food stands with volunteers, and still charging more than what the for-profit stands are charging, I'll choose the small business owner every time. Eg. Works is selling 1 lb of natural cut fries for $2.25 vs. Lions Club bucket of fries for $7. They are comparable sizes, with Work's being a little more of the product. Not that I'm eating either of them.

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Sep-07-13 6:59 AM

Sounds like a .99 cent heart attack...cept it costs thanks!!!

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