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Out-of-state vendors don’t belong at Pepperell celebration

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The Fourth of July celebration in Pepperell last Saturday was awesome. Congratulations to the committee for a job well done.

Something is puzzling to me and it bothers me to no end: Why do we need food vendors from Connecticut?

The Town of Pepperell has many vendors of its own to celebrate any function without bringing in vendors from out of state. A hometown celebration should be just that — hometown driven!

I heard it mentioned that local vendors were not notified until a couple of days before the event that the Connecticut vendors were going to be there.

Are we as a town organization so fixated on the almighty dollar, that we forget our principles to keep things in town and with our own businesses?

It was a shame and embarrassing to watch our local vendors having to give away and throw out — yes, throw out — food that was made for this event.

I would not be surprised if some of the local vendors choose not to participate next year and, frankly, I wouldn’t blame them.

The money the committee gets would be about the same, as it is driven by percentage of income from the vendors, so you would be getting more from the local vendors.

As I said in the beginning, the overall celebration was awesome, the best fireworks I have seen in a long time. But we need to give more consideration to the local merchants and their ability to provide us with everything we could want or need, without going out of state.

What do you think?

ELFIE PARKER

Pepperell