Whitewater’s best accomplishments are mostly social ones, and they are most effective when they’re held simply, without grandiose local claims.
The Independence Holiday events, City Market, Farmer’s Market, Discover Whitewater Series, semi-annual Science Fair, Make a Difference Day, art fairs, and Christmas parade, among other events, are much to Whitewater’s credit in-and-of-themselves.
They showcase the city and university, but they do so simply, offering enjoyment or enrichment without flowery claims.
They’re cultural events (sometimes with political or religious meaning) and they all succeed apart from local politics or grandiose local claims.
That’s the model for success: that less is more.