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July 17, 2019

6/19/2019 3:11:00 PM
Final Riverfest observations
Riverfest has barely entered our rear-view mirrors and already folks are looking ahead to 2020.
On the Sunday of Riverfest, as events neared conclusion, Riverfest Chair Clark Lingbeek grinned and repeated a favorite comment heard during Riverfest:
"We had the best Riverfest parade in years!"
The Riverfest committee will meet again in July and you can bet the parade will be a hot topic. Lingbeek said that it was at last year's early Riverfest planning meetings that the board resolved to greatly improve the parade.
"The parade was the thing we changed the most," Lingbeek said. "Having all of the American Legion representatives from the other towns was a big deal."
Deb Maxson, this year's parade chair, deserves credit for all of the time and effort she put into the event. Meanwhile, Lingbeek showed no signs of simply resting on this year's parade. Rather, he said, the goal will be to make next year's parade even better.
Volunteers needed
Lingbeek and Riverfest Vice President Greg Warner said one of the biggest needs for Riverfest is simple - more volunteers.
Many of the events and overall Riverfest operations would go much more smoothly if just a few more volunteers were available. Lingbeek said it is not too early for people to contact Riverfest about volunteering. To volunteer, contact BARC and provide your name and contact information.
Lingbeek said new volunteers and people with Riverest suggestions are welcome to attend the upcoming Riverfest meeting.
"We will definitely listen to any ideas that people may have for Riverfest," Lingbeek said.
Business impact
And, while Lingbeek is grateful for all of the hard work by Riverfest volunteers, he stressed that at least some credit should go to local businesses.
"Without the business support, we wouldn't have a parade, or a lot of things for Riverfest," Lingbeek said. "They really stepped up."
Warner said he would love to see more funding for all Riverfest activities. Maybe the public can help.
"We were $5,000 short on the fireworks fund," Warner said. "The pop can fund doesn't do it alone."
Lingbeek confessed that this is the first time he has seen some of the Riverfest events, adding, "I thought the Miss Riverfest Pageant was really cool. The Windom Women of Today did a really good job with it."
This year's Riverfest committee included: Lingbeek, Warner, Linda Loewen, Maxson, Melissa Cory, Michele Johnson, Jackie Jurgens, Randy Loewen, Dan Molitor, Carolyn Nichols.

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