Councilperson Derek Czenczelewski said “For anyone who only knows about the West End from gossip, stereotypes, and how the media portrays it, yesterday was a huge eye opener. I couldn’t have been more proud of Bristol”
In recent months the media has focused on Bristol regarding the Aaron Hernandez murder case. Most of the coverage is not positive. Many media outlets use Bristol Parks as a backdrop for their live coverage.
Council candidate Ellen Zoppo-Sassu said “The Rockwell festival was exactly the type of activity that the Park Revitalization Committee envisioned back in 2007 when we did the redesign.”
Former Mayor Bill Stortz said he hopes the City will take advantage of the festival’s success in promoting Bristol. The City does have an appointed committee called The Mayor’s Marketing Task Force. However this committee only meets on an “as needed” basis.
City officials had nothing but praise for the West End Assn.
Councilperson Dave Mills said “yesterdays festival was a tremendous success and the officers and workers involved in the West End Association should be commended. The countless hours of planning and preparation were evident as the event went off without a flaw. Many people commented about the park and how great an event it was and couldn’t wait til next year.”
Councilperson Ken Cockayne and Mayoral candidate said “The turn out was incredible. The West End Association did an awesome job and deserve much credit. Six years ago I had the first west end clean up with the goal to bring pride back to the west end. Yesterday’s turnout shows the hard work everyone is doing”
Mary Fortier Council candidate said “I was very impressed with the amount of people that attended. It shows a lot of support for the West End Associations efforts and for continued revitalization.
The praise didn’t end with officials. The Festival’s Facebook page was a buzz with cheers and excitement.
Ryan Yarde said “We had a blast, my daughter wants to live at Rockwell now, we will definitely be back next year”.
John F. Ferraro of the Bristol Exchange Club said “one word for the Festival, outstanding. Congratulations to the entire Rockwell Park Festival Committee & to all the volunteers! Also, on behalf of the Bristol Exchange Club, thank you for allowing us to be a part of this great event. Looking forward to next year’s Festival”.
Mary Brown a vendor at the festival and owner of Bristol Bliss said “I think the West End Association did a fantastic job with the festival. They were able to draw a crowd and highlight great local talent, eclectic entertainment and bring the community together”.
Bristol’s next event to showcase its pride is the Mum festival from September 20th to October 5th. For a full list of events visit the official Mum Festival website.