We would like to thank our vendors and friends who shared Essex Day with us. We experienced the misfortune of the ride company going out of business, and failing to advise those venues where they were booked. At 6 A.M. on Sunday morning-our hands were tied. Our Festival Chair, Joe Dicara, and Midway Chair, Carol Karwacki; however are already in the process of acquiring a company for next year. Some questioned why the karaoke stage was not at its regular location. Since the karaoke Director chose to separate from the festival this year, our Festival Co-Chair, Ric Metzgar, assumed that location for the Christian Stage. We were advised that the people really enjoyed the new spot. We also want to thank our local churches for being patient every year with the added activity and traffic. As we have every year, out of respect for our churches, we refrain from having music until 1:00 P.M. Speaking of music, we would like everyone to know that Doug Lester has agreed to assume the position of entertainment and stage management for 2017. We think it’s fair to say that everyone will be pleased with the result. We look forward to seeing everyone in 2017.