Community owns Joe Cain event |

Community owns Joe Cain event

The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce is glad to hear that the Joe Cain Society Board is thinking of organizing a celebration in 2004. We are sorry that they decided to take their ball and go to Mobile next year. What we don’t understand is why the Joe Cain Society got so upset when the community came to the Chamber to ask if we would have a 2003 celebration, and we said yes.

The Nevada City Chamber has promoted social events in Nevada City for over 100 years, and at each and every event, it’s been OK to have a beer or a glass of wine. If you have ever attended Victorian Christmas or the Fourth of July parade in the City, you have been privileged to have the option of enjoying an adult beverage. Never has anyone had the privilege of having a “drunken street party,” and if you have attended any Chamber events, you know that hasn’t happened.

There were a few more arrests than expected at this year’s Joe Cain celebration, but we also had more than twice as many people show up for the parade. We didn’t have enough security for the size of the crowd. Shortly after this year’s parade, the Chamber board voted to pay for double the security at next year’s parade, and implement other ideas to make sure that next year’s event would be extra safe.

Now that the Chamber has stepped up to the plate to give the community what they want, the Joe Cain board of directors is upset. How dare we? What the Joe Cain Society doesn’t understand is that they no longer own the event, and neither does the Nevada City Chamber. After 10 successful years, the community owns this celebration. Almost everyone in the community – through donations, participation, labor, support, helping hands and numerous other ways – makes this celebration happen. And in the middle of winter, it’s a wonderful event to have.

We are sorry that the eight or so directors of the Joe Cain Society have chosen not to participate in next year’s parade. The rest of the folks that have helped with the parade for the last 10 years have pledged their support to the Chamber to make the 2003 parade better than ever.

We hope that the Joe Cain Society has a great time in Mobile next year, but also hope they’re not too upset when they find that drinking at the Joe Cain celebration in Mobile is allowed, too.

David Vertin is president of the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce

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