Friday, October 21, 2011

Una Gran Fiesta para Puerto Peñasco!

-by El Gitano Peñasco, "The Peñasco Gypsy"

After reading that Ciudad Juarez recently started a 16 (consecutive) day party to tell the ‘world’ that they are a place to visit (invest in, etc.) -- having borrowed the fiesta idea from Tijuana (Innovadora)-- maybe it is time for Peñasco to do the same.

I like the thought. We could hold a two-week long (14 consecutive days) fiesta here that includes concerts, out-door cook-offs, shopping sprees, golfing tournaments, volley ball games, children’s activities, off-road events, fishing contests, food extravaganzas, etc. It could include speeches by prominent figures and further the positive ‘buzz’ about Peñasco.

In Juarez it seems that they also want to attract investment projects totaling as much as $10 billion, according to the president of Juarez Competitiva, Carlos Chavira, who also traveled to Washington, D.C. to promote the event and hook up with some notable speakers.

Now that is a mighty challenge for Juarez because they have had no shortage of bad press. But if they (like TJ) can pull it off then why in the heck can’t we have some sort of Grand Bash here and show the world what a great place we have and how (as I’ve said a zillion times) safe and wonderful it is to visit, vacation, retire or open up a business here?

And before anyone comments that we already hold such events here in PP let me reiterate that I’m talking (like Juarez and TJ) about a collective effort to have this Fiesta and all its trimmings at the same time over a period of a couple weeks in order to attract visitors throughout Mexico, the USA and Canada.

We’d have activities ongoing in Old Port, Mirador, on Calle 13, Cholla Bay, etc. and I for one would be willing to sponsor a (e.g.) Taco eating contest similar to the Nathan’s hotdog doo-dah...

And if other like-thinking local business folks would be willing to pool their resources, including all your real estate developers, we could turn out an event that would be so successful that we’d do it on an annual basis and then, over time, our community would be laughing all the way to El Banco, so to speak!

A Gypsy can always dream!

¡Viva Puerto Peñasco y México!

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. -Mark Twain