The week before we kicked of our 2019 LoveLocal Fest season, we issued a challenge on our social media asking people to show their #locallove.
One of the ways we said individuals could show their love for Cape Cod was to attend our July 28 festival.
To us, the festivals represent so much of what is great about Cape Cod: the water views, talented local musicians, local food and craft beverage purveyors and, of course, the strong local makers and local retailers who support them. These events offer a chance for our community to gather together and show they understand the importance of supporting local business.
So many of you rose to the challenge and gathered on Aselton Park for a day of fun in the (hot) sun. You came, you saw, you ate burgers, you sipped cold beer, you danced, you played and you shopped local. The day exceeded our expectations and for that we are eternally grateful.
Now, we understand that not everyone could physically be at the festival. So, we also said that people could show their love for Cape Cod by commenting on our post and tell us why they think Cape Cod is so special. This is something that we encourage people to do, in general, more often. That type of support might seem like a small action, but to us (and to many other business owners) it means a great deal when people are liking and commenting on our posts on social media; and it is something that you can do at your convenience. What’s more, when you engage with a small maker’s or local business’ posts it also means more people see what they are putting out there. We can’t match the ad budgets of corporate America, but the support of our community can certainly make up some of the difference!
Lastly, and as always, we encouraged people to think local first by investing in your community whenever possible. Yes, this can mean spending your money with local businesses and donating to local organizations, but it also means investing your time and energy into Cape Cod with large and small actions like volunteering for a nonprofit, attending a community event, offering words of encouragement to a neighbor and even smiling at a stranger. Whatever you can give – time, energy or money – engaging with this community with small or large actions or intentions will sustain it socially, environmentally and economically and make it even stronger than it is now.
We hope you’ll continue to rise to the challenge we put forth – our community is counting on you!