Source: Sherman Publications

Letter to Editor: Lone Ranger name change finds supporters

April 03, 2013

Wow I think changing the Celebrate Oxford Days to the Lone Ranger Days would be cool. It is unique – an appeal that the current name just doesn’t have.

When I first moved here it was the Gravel Festival – exciting because I was a city girl gone rural. I never even saw a gravel truck before moving to MI and here I was standing in the Gravel Capital of the world!

With the downsizing of the gravel industry the summer event became Pioneer Days. I never quite connected the association with that name and since it didn’t last long I guess I wasn’t the only one.

But the Lone Ranger association – now that is a classic. Many times I walked from the school down to the pasture on Drahner Rd just to watch Silver standing there in all his glory. He was beautiful and magnificent - I felt like I was reliving a part of history.

If Oxford wants to be unique and make people remember – find a way to go with Lone Ranger Days. That name and what it stands for is so much more appealing than the cookie cutter Celebrate Oxford theme.

I think Mr. Charles’ idea is great and I agree with C.J. Carnacchio except it should be a permanent name change – not temporary.

If you didn’t live in the area – Celebrate Oxford means diddly doodle – but the Lone Ranger – that gives fathers and grandfathers time to tell their grandchildren exactly who he was and what he was about.

Think about the excitement to win a silver bullet at an event or heading to the stores where a purchase might land you one or a silver bullet for the best Tonto look-alike. It would be like catching a ball at the stadium.

For those in charge – please consider going with Lone Ranger Days – permanently In this day and age – we could use a hero!

Sue Bellairs


I just read the article and C.J. Carnacchio’s commentary on changing the name of the annual Celebrate Oxford summer festival to Lone Ranger Days. All I have to say is HI-YO SILVER! Lets all get in the wagon and hook up to the publicity horse. Because this will be a great draw to our community.

Ron Renaud