Letter: The hard work that goes on behind the scenes
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of the 2013 Guinea Jubilee Committee for all of their hard work and dedication!
Putting on a festival of this magnitude takes a tremendous amount of volunteer hours. We start around January each year with preparations for our scholarship process and art contest. By June, we have chosen our scholarship winners and art contest winners and are working on a reception to spotlight all of our artists and their entries. Moving into early September, we host an Unveiling to introduce the new year’s grand marshal and print contest winner and to display our new T-shirt design and new sale items for the festival. This year, we added our first annual Lil’ Darlins’ Pageant to the Unveiling festivities. And the last Friday and Saturday of September, we host 18,000-20,000 people at the Abingdon Ruritan Club festival grounds for the Guinea Jubilee. Needless to say, there are times when it feels like we eat, sleep and dream Guinea Jubilee.
But with all of the hard work there comes a tremendous reward. That reward is seeing those thousands of people enjoying the parade, participating in the Run/Walk, eating clam chowder and crab cakes, dancing to the music on Friday and Saturday night, and watching the fireworks on Saturday night light up the sky over Bena.
On behalf of the Committee, we would like to thank everyone who attended the festival. It is our pleasure to bring the festival to you each year and to brainstorm over the course of the year to see what new things we can bring your way. We’ll start working on the 2014 Jubilee, our 35th annual festival, in early January. We are always in need of volunteers to help staff our retail and food booths at the festival. If you are interested, please go to our website at http://www.guineajubilee.com and contact us.
With that, we’d better start work … September will be here before you know it!
Brook & Tara Thomas
2013 Guinea Jubilee Co-Chairs