THE ISSUE: That's a wrap for the Walldogs
OUR VIEW: Many thank yous necessary
By all early measures, the Walldogs' visit to Streator was a success.
The 17 murals — many painted on their location while others were painted in City Park and are in the process of going up — are already brightening the city's appearance and appeal, all while sharing its stories.
While we give our many thank yous to the more than 200 artists who donated their special talents for free, taking their payment in the enrichment they leave behind, the city should take pride in its own accomplishment.
And everyone who lent a hand should turn around and pat themselves on the back for making it all happen.
The festival wasn't without cost.
Thousands of dollars were collected over four years from donations from residents and businesses, as well as from fundraisers organized and ran by volunteers. The money was needed for supplies, food, water, etc. — and it all adds up.
Roughly 170 more volunteers stepped up in the past week to deliver water, direct tourists, prep City Park and keep the festival running as smoothly as it did.
Some folks opened up their homes to let Walldogs guests stay. Others donated last-minute items from a registry set up at Ace Hardware.
Times reporter Brent Bader wrote about the C & A Bicycle Salvage and Repair loaning bicycles to artists, but other businesses pitched in in a variety of ways.
Whatever needed to be done, organizers and volunteers stepped up to make it happen.
The city will feel the positive effects of the art left behind, and that's thanks to a lot of hard work not only from the skilled artists, but also its residents.
Streator's residents deserve a victory lap and should celebrate their accomplishment. A job well done!