Olde Glory Days 2013

Olde Glory Days is the signature event of the Greater Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce and it’s an event the entire community supports and enjoys.

The 2013 version of “OGD” was  a huge success.  The weather was perfect.  Lee Greenwood was the headline act and the crowds showed up in force to hear him sing.  A large number of spectators in the crowd had an American flag in hand during Lee Greenwood’s concert.  I had the privilege of standing next to the stage when he sang his trademark song “God Bless the USA” it was a very surreal scene – so much so that it sent shivers down my spine.

The sight of all 7,000 spectators on their feet waving the flag was impressive!

Olde Glory Days 2013 marked the 20th anniversary of the event and I’ve not attended all 20 but I can’t imagine that any of the previous 19 were better.  The community owes a huge “Thank You” to David Mills.  David has chaired the OGD Committee for all 20 years and somehow he’s been able to make each year just a little better than the previous.  David is a good friend and great person and we’re going to miss his involvement and leadership with OGD.  Thank you David for all you do.

There are many “impressive” sights on the beautiful and historic Clinton Square during Olde Glory Days and I want to share one with you.   I’m on the planning committee for OGD and Friday is the day that Kyle Adkins and I serve as Day Chair.  The duties of the Day Chair are fairly simple.  Show up at first light in the morning, stay until the last soul leaves the square well after midnight.    Solve every problem and tend to every complaint as well as perform a lot of manual labor all while wearing a neon green shirt visible from 3 miles away with the words “Day Chair” on the back.   It really is as much fun as it sounds!

At 9:00 am Friday morning one of the vendors came to me and said “I opened the door to one of the porta potty’s and something scared me.  I shut the door and you need to do something about it”.  Don’t forget, we’re talking about a public toilet so a lot of thoughts crossed my mind.

A picture is worth a thousand words so I won’t type anymore, just know that this complaint I resolved by calling animal control. 

Here’s what I found in the porta potty:

Chicken 1 Yep, that’s a live rooseter!  At least he was in the “Men’s” restroom.chicken 2

All in the day’s work of a Day Chair!

About Craig Thompson

I am a young professional with two great sons, and I work in the healthcare setting. I am employed in hospital administration and serve as Chief Executive Officer at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare in Clinton, Missouri. At GVMH we care for our families, friends and neighbors. We're committed to providing the safest, friendliest and most compassionate care to all we serve.
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