Elk Fest-A Fantastic Event
To The Editor:
Congratulations to the Elk Fest 2009 Committee for another fantastic and professionally run event. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) has participated in this event for the last five years and each year it seems to only get better. My interactions with Laurie Button and Melissa Logan of the Committee over the pre-festival period were always positive and they we incredibly responsive. As a professional sales and marketing professional in my “real” job, it is always a pleasure to work with people that not only fully understand their job, but are willing to work through issue on your behalf.
As a quasi-local and monthly visitor to Estes year round, this weekend has become one I look forward to on a yearly basis. We meet existing Elk Foundation members from across the country (including this year; Florida, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Louisiana, Kansas, and Wyoming) as well as interact with people from across the globe (e.g. Hungary and Japan). It is an education experience as much for us as for them. What I also find amazing is the number of people from the Colorado Springs/Denver area that had been in Colorado for several years, but had never visited Estes, nor had heard or seen an elk. Elk Fest not only introduces them to all the awesome things (restaurants, shopping, etc.) that Estes has to offer year round, but also to the wonderful world of the elk. It is always a thrill to introduce attendees to the beautiful animal that drives this event and is my focus year round.
As one that enjoys calling elk, the highlight of the weekend for me is the Elk Calling Championships. I cannot believe that the young children (especially those under 10) can get up on stage in front of that crowd and give it their all. I am certain this is a definite confidence booster for the kids. I spoke with one parent that told me that the Estes Park News t-shirt and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation pocket knife pleased her daughter to no end. She was convinced that she had actually won because of these great “prizes.” How cool is that to have a positive impact on these kids?
My only complaint would be that the traffic to our booth was such that we never had the opportunity to sit down and relax. Just the type of problem that the Elk Fest Committee loves to hear I’m sure. The RMEF looks forward to continue supporting this event for years to come.
Yours in Conservation,
Brian L. “Sol” Soliday |
Colorado Volunteer State Chair
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation