Archive for Wednesday, October 22, 2003

Volunteers keep festival going

October 22, 2003

Jennifer Hayes believes the Maple Leaf Festival wouldn't be what it is without the numerous volunteers that work each year.

"Literally hundreds of people donate their time to help the festival be a success," Hayes, festival committee president, said. "A lot of community groups pitch in and help."

Festival committee member Star Novak agreed the Baldwin community never hesitates to help make the festival successful each year.

"There's such a group of dedicated individuals that work year round on the festival," Novak said.

One of the groups that offers a lot of help every year, she said, is the Boy Scouts, who spend the festival picking up trash from streets and sidewalks and emptying trash cans.

"What impresses me is the trash pick up," she said. "The city looks clean and it is due totally to the Boy Scouts that keep the trash under control. They do a tremendous job."

Diane Wagner, festival committee member, said another group that deserves credit for the time volunteered is the Worden United Methodist Church who worked at the street barricades and helped direct festival traffic on Saturday.

"They were just wonderful," Wagner said.

City staff and local law enforcement, Novak said, also contributed to the success of the festival.

"They always deserve a big thank you," she said.

Committee member Stacy Cohen said the Maple Leaf Festival depends on the Baldwin community each year.

"I think as a committee, we really appreciate how much the community supports the festival and how much the city and the police department support us," she said.

"If it weren't for all of the volunteers in this town, we wouldn't be able to have the festival," she said.

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