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The countdown of summer festivals in our county is almost over. We have enjoyed the Wood Festival, Calhoun Days, Blue Grass festivals, summer sports activities, church activities, Scouts, and 4-H. The Molasses Festival is Sept. 23-25.

We have enjoyed all or part of these events. Who organizes these events? Is someone paid to plan these events? How are they funded? Who do we thank?

The Volunteers!

Planning usually starts before this year’s event is over. The Calhoun Days committee met on Sunday to start the ball rolling for 2011. Other groups have also had planning meetings.

These events are conducted by volunteers, who donate time and sometimes cover their own expenses. Each group can use more volunteers. It is not necessary to belong to a group to volunteer. If you have a talent or a desire to help, you can always call the Chronicle office; we don’t maintain a clearing house, but we can put you in touch with a representative of the organizations in the county.

The Moccasin Rangers have added excitement to different activities, but they need more participants to give enthusiasm to the Living History events, which are family-oriented. The camaraderie observed in their campsites spreads to the visitors.

Calhoun Historical Society has done more than fill an empty store front on Main Street. Members are collecting, documenting and displaying Calhoun history. One member said, “It is the most non-stressful group I know of in Calhoun County. We have fun and get a lot done.”

It takes money to fund the events. There have been some grants in the past, but most of the expenses are covered by fund- raising activities and donations.

Remember to appreciate the volunteers! These can be thankless jobs, but a word of praise can lighten their commitments. Events can be enjoyable, if they do not become a power struggle or a constant lament of not enough help or money. Make it fun!

Help keep Calhoun County on the map!


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