Redgranite resident continues to appreciate Labor Day Festival Committee involvement

Letter to the Editor:


Another Labor Day  Festival in Redgranite has come and gone. I just want to take a moment to give appreciation to the Redgranite Labor Day Festival Committee, village employees, police officers and businesses who made it a success. You all have stepped up to support this festival and it doesn’t go unnoticed. 

I’m a craft vendor at the festival and I served on the Labor Day Committee for 12 years.  I was very disappointed that one of the vendors who arrived late on Saturday, was given a ticket by a Redgranite officer when she was unloading her truck. 

Yes, she was parked in the right turn lane on Pine River Street. She was walking back to her truck and would have been moving it within minutes. It was not obstructing the turn lane. I think a warning was in order, not a ticket. 

The craft/vendor fair brings in money to help support this festival. Many vendors have been coming here for 15-20 years and love spending it in Redgranite. They spend money eating in the restaurants, shopping the stores, and some even stay at the hotel for the weekend. And let’s not forget about all the customers that shop the vendors/crafters and spend their money in Redgranite. 

I am asking the village board members to consider allowing the vendors 20 minutes to unload on Pine River Street. Cones can be put down so they can’t park past the white line. 

Most all of the vendors are there by 6 a.m. Saturday or set up on Friday. They unload and go park their vehicle. Some of the vendors have trailers to unload. I arrive at 6 a.m. and the only traffic on Pine River Street is from the prison at 6 a.m. for about 5 minutes. 

The Redgranite Labor Day Festival brings in a lot of people for businesses in Redgranite.  For most, this is the last big weekend for them. I really don’t want to see Redgranite become an unwelcoming village that is only known for giving out tickets to our visitors.  

Let’s continue to be the friendly village that I have come to know and call home. 

Thank you for your consideration,


/s/ Susie Gustke

Redgranite resident