By: Camila Gonzalez
Just like last year, I started my internship off during a busy time. Main Street Dodge City held its 11th Annual Main Street Festival in our downtown area. We collectively had around 50 vendors ranging from arts and crafts, food, nonprofit, and commercial. To prepare for this event, I spoke to downtown businesses in hopes to get more vendors while also reminding them to accommodate their parking for the event. I also did social media marketing, graphic design, daily important phone calls, and more just for that event alone. The day of the festival was a full workday. From 6:30 to 2:30, under the heat, we made sure vendors were taken care of, the blueprint layout reflected the actual placing of vendors, and pictures were taken of pedestrians and anyone who made the event great! This is my first week after the Main Street Festival, so things have really slowed down. My boss and I are now starting to work on post-festival. Next blog post I’ll be able to give more information on that. For now, I can just explain a couple of other interesting things I’ve done and events I’ve attended.
Our office space is in a building that used to be a Harvey Hotel which is a hotel near a railway station in the 1800s. The Harvey House Hotel is now called The Depot Theater. I love being able to work in a historically important place in Dodge City, however, our custodian for the building always tells us scary stories about what he’s experienced and other experiences from visitors. The reason for this short background story is because I faced my fears by going upstairs to our storage area. In reality, I’ve actually completed beneficial tasks like completing financial reports to the state, entering data, mailing invoices, attending ribbon cuttings, and attending several meetings.
My goal this year is to brush up on my Spanish because our town is very diverse and I find myself needing to speak it in some circumstances.