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Volunteers Keep Things Running


Dear Editor,

Waitsburg Celebration Days is fast approaching.  The reason for it was to maintain the date formerly held by Days of Real Sport after horse racing disappeared from the local scene.  Volunteers are the key to the success of these events.

Waitsburg Commercial Club proposed doing something to reserve the third weekend in May and the result was Waitsburg Celebration Days.  Many of those involved with the weekend’s events are “retiring” due to various reasons. 

Walt & Gwen Gobel have co-chaired the Parade Committee for many years and this will be their last.  Pat Mohney, involved for decades, will no longer be in charge of the crew setting up and taking down all the barricades.  Without folks to step up and take the place of these long-time volunteers the parade may follow the way of the horse races.  And these are but a few of the many unsung volunteers who make the weekend a success.

The other events during the weekend also rely heavily on volunteers, which seem harder to find every year.  Those activities are listed on the various fliers and ads and include the Sunset Cruise, the ATV ride, Brewfest, Burgers Bands and Brews, Car Show, to name a few.  Some of these are sponsored by organizations in town which are made up of volunteers, as well.

If you are willing to help, contact someone involved with those activities and let them know.  Though it lasts only for a weekend it takes organization and planning far beyond that—but the amount of time needed is not overwhelming.

We are all busy but without many folks giving up a little time the many events of this weekend could become another of those “Remember when” things we used to enjoy.  Please consider that while enjoying the various events this year.


Jim Davison, Vice-Chair Waitsburg Celebration Days

Volunteer helper with Kids Parade


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