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home : opinion : editorial July 24, 2016

1/30/2013 1:15:00 PM
Turning point for Riverfest

As a community, we are all very tired.
We get that. We work hard, sometimes holding down two or more jobs. We have health concerns, and things that cause heartache and despair.
There's an endless array of things tugging at our spare time - sporting events, weddings, camps, fitness, drama, vacations, reunions, golf, you name it.
On top of that, many of us are tied into local organizations, such as the Karz 'N Trux Club, Lions, 4-H and so on. And we haven't even mentioned our personal priorities, such as church and family.
Yes, we are a tired lot. And this week, the headline atop page 1 asks folks to give our town just a little more time.
"Riverfest needs volunteers," the story says. "Riverfest needs co-chairs."
Some folks will shake their weary heads as they read about the volunteer shortage. Rightly so.
"Another committee?" you ask.
Family time is dwindling. Stress levels are through the roof.
Fair enough. But we also know there are cases where folks would concede that they may have a few hours to spare for something as worthy as Riverfest. It boils down to a couple of hours each month for planning and meetings, plus a few extra hours Riverfest weekend.
Besides, this is a chance to truly make a difference. It is your opportunity to "give back."
Don't forget, this is not a rebuilding job. Riverfest already has strong volunteers and a successful track record. You'll get to work with folks who are not only terrific volunteers, they're good people.
Beyond that, your help will be appreciated. Make no mistake, folks will be watching this issue. They want to see who stepped up to chair the parade, cookout, or as overall co-chairs.
After all, Riverfest remains one of the most beloved pieces of Windom's summer. We love the Miss Riverfest pageant, fireworks, turtle races, fishing contest, car show and so much more.
And yet it is disheartening to hear that the Riverfest committee is struggling to find volunteers and co-chair replacements. The co-chairs are serious about stepping down from key Riverfest leadership positions after Riverfest 2013.
And, there's no doubt that Riverfest simply must fill those slots if we want to see a successful Riverfest in 2014. So we echo the request for Riverfest volunteers and we remind folks that you can sign up by calling the Windom Chamber office at 831-2752.
Your community needs you.
- Rahn Larson

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