The Curry Coastal Pilot

The forecast is calling for rain this weekend, but don't let that stop you from checking out the many Azalea Festival events and activities scheduled Thursday through Memorial Day. That would be shame. A large effort by a small army of volunteers went into making this wonderful community event happen.

The festival will remind locals and visitors of the many positive things this community has to offer.

Local organizations and volunteers will be out in force, selling goods and raising awareness of important civic efforts and activities. Local artists will be displaying their work and musicians will be performing live. Even our best and brightest slugs will race at the annual Slug Races Sunday at the Port of Brookings Harbor.

More importantly, local dignitaries, the Azalea queen and her court, and our local veterans will be honored at various ceremonies.

From the selling of the first volume at the library book sale Thursday to the final salute given at the Memorial Day Ceremony at the port Monday, it takes the work of hundreds of people to take care of thousands of details andndash; and visitors andndash; for this community-wide event.

We thank all of you for the effort.

The Azalea Festival is a big people magnet, and we want visitors to have a great time, kicking off what we hope will be a great tourism season. It would be a much-needed respite for a community beleaguered by the continued economic downturn, budget cuts and overall uncertainty.

For those of us who live here, we fervently hope the festival will renew our appreciation for our fair community, giving us the patience and fortitude we need to face the challenges that lay ahead.