Last Saturday morning, I, along with about seven other people, attended the Dr. Dickey Day parade. Similar to previous years, the parade only had a few entries and there was not a large amount of people there to watch.

My question is why? What garners support for events like this?

The first year of the event, 2013, there were quite a few parade entries and all along the route there were spectators. From the response the first two years, I thought the momentum would continue and the Dr. Dickey Day parade would be extremely large by now.

However, the numbers in both categories have dwindled since then.

Dr. Dickey is a legendary figure in the Taylor – Williamson County – community. His family has attended many of the events here in town, including the unveiling of his name on the Legacy Early College High School building.

While there were not many people there, the parade and health fair still happened. So, my question is, what defines success?

Is it the fact that it happened make it successful?

Is it that there were no issues – technical or otherwise?

Does the amount of people who show determine how successful an event is?

I’m not sure there is a defendant answer. If it is all of these questions, then it is hard to be successful in anything.

I think if the point of the event is conveyed, received and holds true to itself, then it is successful. It doesn’t matter if there are two or 200 people in attendance.

Arbor Day only had a handful of people show up to help plant trees. But, at the end of the event, there were 10 trees added to the Regional Park. I would consider that a success.

The Main Street Car Show brought in more than 600 cars this year and extended the amount of closed streets. Again, I would consider that a success.

The Dr. Dickey Day event had about 10 entries, maybe a few more, and only about that many people watching. Dr. Dickey was recognized, the health fair was held and information about the Dickey Museum was updated. That is considered successful.

My point is, success is defined by the people involved. The problem is, if they don’t feel the support from the community, the event will die.

That seems familiar . . . Events Die Without Support.

In order to make an event successful, it needs support. In order to gain support, it needs a reason for people to care. I think honoring an iconic doctor who was the first African American to receive the Citizen of the Year Award in Taylor is a pretty good reason.

I’m going to get off my soapbox now and watch Survivor Series with the girls. They don’t have school this week, so they plan to stay up late. We’ll see if that lasts.

“As long as you keep going, you'll keep getting better. And as you get better, you gain more confidence. That alone is success.”

- Tamara Taylor

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