The "city of festivals" welcomed another event to their calendar at the Slater City Council meeting Tuesday, June 7.
Brandon Adcock and several members of the Freedom of Road Riders approached the council to request use of the high school football field for the Fire Cracker Classic. The event was scheduled July 8 and 9 at Stump Island Park in Glasgow but will need to be moved to higher ground due to expected flooding.
The motorcycle event will be open to the public and will include live music, RV parking, a bike show, a poker run, field events and a firework show. All ages are welcome, but no one under the age of 21 will be allowed in the Entertainment and Beer Garden Tent.
"I certainly don't have an issue with it," said Mayor Stephen Allegri regarding the request. "This is the city of festivals. It will bring more people to the town."
The council didn't seem to have an issue with it either. Council members agreed to host the Fire Cracker Classic as long as the Freedom of Road Riders respected the property and provided a $400 donation.
They passed the motion unanimously, but council member Terry Jordan recommended the event be held at the Slater Memorial Airport instead of the high school. He believed there would be more space at the airport for motorcycle events.
Other business included a report on water tower inspections, which will begin on June 23. Scuba divers will dive into the tanks and search for damage.
Assistant Administrator Gene Griffith announced Slater had received a $12,000 grant for new bleachers at the high school. The bleachers will be yellow and made of recyclable materials. Slater will have to cover 10 percent of the price of the bleachers as well as the cost of labor.
"It will cost about the same as if we had put it in wood, but it will last 50 years," Griffith said.
The mayor reminded the council members and meeting attendees of the town's upcoming events.
--The SPADfest Fly-In will be on June 12.
--Blues Fest is scheduled for June 25.
--The Akeman-McBurney Medical Clinic will be dedicated on July 2.
--The Fall Festival has been confirmed for Sept. 22-24.