Creation deemed a success story

By all accounts, Creation 2010 was a rousing success.

The weather cooperated, attendees took time to visit the community and – with the exception of some who didn’t appreciate the late-night concerts – the city of Enumclaw supported its guests.

Creation, billed as the largest Christian concert in the nation, took over the Enumclaw Expo Center for four days, wrapping up Saturday. By Monday morning, only a few vendors were still on the grounds.

Creation spokesman Jacob Matthews said everything went as well as could be expected.

“We got really, really positive responses,” he said of the Enumclaw venue. “We couldn’t have picked a better spot.”

Creation had been a major force in Northwest concert circles, setting up at the Gorge Amphitheatre for a dozen years. When the relationship soured, organizers looked around the Northwest for another site, eventually settling on Enumclaw.

Tracy McCallum, director of the Enumclaw Chamber of Commerce, also had positive reviews of the four-day event.

“I’ve had nothing but good feedback” she said of Creation, which overlapped with the Friday-Saturday Street Fair that filled the downtown core. “It was a huge blessing.”

She said out-of-town visitors filled the chamber’s Visitor Center Saturday and comments were overwhelmingly favorable. Guests, she said, were impressed by how locals “opened up the town to them.”

Landing Creation was seen as an economic windfall, as many Creation attendees spend all four days, camping in tents. That situation lends itself to plenty of needs and local stores certainly felt a positive impact. On a shuttle bus between downtown and the Expo Center, a youth leader from Sunnyside, Wash., said the proximity to services was the best thing about the new venue. He liked the natural amphitheater at the Gorge purely from a concert standpoint, but quickly pointed out his group was making regular runs to Safeway for supplies – something no one can do at the remote Gorge.

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