Help save the Washburn August Festival

15 years ago

To the editor:
    Every August, I look forward to the Washburn August Festival. The town becomes alive with anticipation and excitement. The Washburn August Festival represents what community spirit is all about. It gives its citizens and others in surrounding communities a way to enjoy wonderful events, such as music in the park, a large parade, beautiful fireworks and various other attractions during this weekend celebration.  Many return home during the Festival to see old classmates and friends, visit with relatives and family members. Class reunions are scheduled to collaborate with this event. It truly is a time to gather, reminisce, and enjoy.
    This past August, I was very surprised to see a float in the parade asking for donations to help save the August Festival. I assumed that the August Festival would always be around. It bothered me a great deal to think that it may not. I have fond memories of this annual event growing up and would hate for my child not to grow up without those wonderful memories of the Festival. As my curiosity peaked about this “Save the August Festival Crusade”, I began to ask organizers about the status of the August Festival. Are the citizens really in jeopardy of losing this special time? How can we ensure that generations to come will have the opportunity to partake in such a wonderful event? I soon learned that there are not enough volunteers and donations to keep the August Festival going at the same level that we have gotten accustomed to over the years.
    I was concerned enough, that I have volunteered my time to help keep the Washburn August Festival alive. We can all make a difference no matter how big or small and we need your help now to keep the Festival going for future generations. The Washburn August Festival is one way to demonstrate the pride that we have in the community in which we live, work and do business. I am asking you to show your pride by volunteering your time and talents to help in any way you can. We are also seeking donations of any kind to provide the level of festivities that you have grown to expect and deserve.
    It would be very disappointing to see the Washburn August Festival end and it would be greatly missed by all in the community. If you are able to help in any way, please contact me at 455-8464 or attend the next meeting held at the Washburn Civic Center at 6:30 p.m. on January 14, 2009. Your help will make a difference and be greatly appreciated.

Cindy L. Boot
Save The Washburn August Festival