The six-day run for Sundown Salute ended Wednesday night in Junction City.
Overall, Sundown Salute Committee Chairman Terry Heldstab was happy with the outcome of the annual celebration. The after action review will be next week. Heldstab said, The committee we’ve discussed everybody thinking of three positives, three things that we can improve on and we’ll meet next Wednesday and we’ll talk about that.”
The chairman said one idea might involve establishing subcommittees so they have a better committee in charge of each division. “This has been kind of a rebuilding year. We have to get Sundown Salute where it’s not a rebuilding year as often. Last year the Committee stepped in and did a real good job with a limited budget. This year we upped the entertainment, got some bigger names in, overall I’m very happy.”
Heldstab said organizers knew going in that six days was longer than what they wanted for the celebration. But because the 4th of July fell on a Wednesday it was a tough decision. “It really tapped our volunteers because we’re all volunteers. We absolutely could not have done this without city, county, CVB, there are just so many entities that pull together to do this.” Heldstab confirmed there would be a desire to reduce the number of days for the celebration in 2019.