2013-08-24 / Editorials & Letters

Volunteers are key to festival

Editor:

Next week ushers in the Annual Sweet Corn Festival at Historic Lions Park in Millersport. We hope area residents will join us at one of the largest and oldest community fundraising events in the nation that is managed and staffed by volunteers. The mission and purpose of the Festival has not changed in 67 years. The 26 members of the Millersport Lions Club that created this unique celebration envisioned annually hosting an event where all area non-profit charitable organizations could join together to raise most of the funds needed for their respective causes and communities. That vision is very much alive today!

Over 1,000 volunteers from 55 Central Ohio civic, cultural, community, fraternal, educational, religious and service organizations will join forces to make sure everyone has an enjoyable family experience. Over time many familiar faces and organizations have come and gone. Sadly we had to bid farewell to the good members of the Monticello Rebekah Lodge of Millersport who have been with us since the very first Festival. If you have tasted one of their personal size pizzas, then you will miss their smiling faces as much as we will. The Millersport High School Sophomore Class will try to deliver the same quality service.

There probably isn’t a better way to recognize and promote the “spirit of volunteerism” then saluting this year’s Parade Grand Marshal Fred L. Zollinger, who has been volunteering at the Sweet Corn Festival since the very first year. We hope The Beacon’s readers will take some time on August 28 - 31 to see Mr. Zollinger cooking French fries in the Fellowcraft Booth and stop by to support our many worthwhile charities.

Ron Keller
General Chairman
Sweet Corn Festival, Inc.

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