Good news is like hot peppers in the Brag Basket

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The Brag Basket is open! This one is for May 2-4, 2014

What can you do in the Brag Basket?

  • introduce yourself
  • share some great news from this week
  • congratulate a friend
  • applaud for each other
  • confess your undying love for rural places

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  • Below this post is the comment section. Add your brag there.
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Do you have to be from a small town? Well, no, not really. Just don’t make it an ad. I delete the ads that people stick in here. If you talk more about the people involved than the things, you’ll be fine.

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  1. Clark Hoskin says

    We would like to take this opportunity again to thank the UK band Mumford & Sons for picking our community, Norfolk County, for its Gentlemen of the Road (GOTR) Simcoe Stopover last August. The event was a huge success and the community has won awards for it.

    Yesterday, the Downtown Simcoe Business Improvement Area (BIA) announced that it had won the Special Events and Promotions Award at the Ontario BIA Annual Conference earlier this week for the Downtown Street Fair event it helped organize in cooperation with the GOTR Stopover.

    BIA general manager Larry Dawson gave a power point presentation at the conference (he used photos of the event with the iconic song “I Will Wait for You” playing in the background) and reports he had plenty of questions from other downtown advocates from across the province.

    “[The Ontario BIA award organizers] were surprised at the length we went to to make sure everything fell into place,” Dawson told our local newspaper, the Simcoe Reformer. “I stressed the community embraced this project. They worked and volunteered to make it a success and welcomed everybody who came.”

    The impact on downtown from the event, which brought more than 30,000 people to town, is still being felt today, he said. Businesses sitting next to each other that had not communicated in years “now are sharing and talking to each other,” noted Dawson. “This event was magic.”

    Earlier this year, the Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) awarded Best Public-Private Partnership in the Collaboration & Partnership Awards category to Mumford & Sons, Live Nation, Norfolk County Fair & Horse Show, Norfolk County and the Downtown Simcoe BIA for the Gentlemen of the Road Simcoe Stopover.

    Hearing news of the EDCO award, Mumford & Sons’ management company, contacted in London, England, commented that the accolade is appreciated.

    News Article re BIA:
    News Article re EDCO:

    Thanks for the opportunity to share!

    Clark Hoskin
    Manager, Tourism & Economic Development
    Norfolk County

    • says

      Clark, congratulations to the entire team of people who make the Mumford & Sons event such a success in Norfolk County. Maybe the biggest benefit will be from getting those business people who hadn’t talked in years to start working together. That’s a long-term win!

  2. Tracy Brown says

    It’s been so long since I’ve stopped by, so when the email notice popped into my inbox announcing the latest brag basket, I thought, I’m going to head on over. :)

    Great news from this past week… Well, this might be a little strange to share, but I’m excited about it. I’m not always the greatest at picking out birthday presents for my Gordon. (And he’s really good at picking out presents for me.) Anyhow, his birthday was last week and I finally hit the jackpot – I came up with the best present for him.

    We’re working towards to moving out of our city neighborhood and into the countryside. (I’m from a really small town and I miss it.) We’d like to have a little farmette. We’re taking small steps, but sometimes it seems like we’re never going to get there. So, while looking up a course through the local cooperative extension, I found a link to Cornell University’s NorthEast Beginning Farmers Project: nebeginningfarmers [dot] org

    They have online courses and my gift to Gordon was tuition for the first class! He was so excited! We live in NY State and the course is built around farming specifically in NY.

    Anyhow, I know this was a long comment (I’m sorry!) but it truly was a success for me and Gordon was happy too. I really love the world we live in now. Hopefully what Gordon learns online will get us closer to what we want to do offline. :)

    Thanks for letting me share here, Becky! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    • says

      Welcome back, Tracy! Good work on picking such a terrific rural gift for Gordon. You’re one step closer to making your small town dreams into your everyday reality.