Letter to the Editor
To the Editor:
It's traditional that the Maple Leaf Festival Planning Association sums up our thanks in this annual post-fest letter to the community. For many years, we've relied on our talented and trusted publicity chairman, Star Novak, to accomplish this. As the new publicity chairman, my angle on this might be slightly different, because I took the reins of festival chairman at the same time that I took on the publicity job. Although I've been a member of the committee for more than five years, this year was quite a revelation as I plunged into every aspect of managing the big picture of the Maple Leaf Festival.
I'd like to use this space to thank the people who really never get thanked: the citizens of the Baldwin City community. To the homeowners who can't get to their houses because the roads are closed, the business owners and employees who have to be patient just to get downtown and try to find parking, and to everyone in and around our town who is affected by the sudden changes we Festival folks create here for several days each year --thank you!
We appreciate every one of you not just during the third full weekend in October, but throughout the year. We thank our community for supporting the festival because we are able to say "yes" to requests for donations to school and community sports, Baldwin City Recreation Commission summer camps, Boys' and Girls' State representatives, 4-H kids, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Relay for Life, Habitat for Humanity, and many others who come to the Maple Leaf Festival Planning Association for financial support. We know this event would not be possible without such a caring community.
We want our fellow citizens to know that the investments in time and money for this annual festival do, indeed, go back into our community, every bit of it. Our organization is run entirely by volunteers. So I'll conclude by thanking them. In a day and age when people find it harder and harder to commit to volunteerism, the folks who make this festival a stand-out in our state and region really shine.
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