Planning for the city’s upcoming 150th anniversary celebration this summer seems to be falling into place, but yes, they still need volunteers to step up for the big weekend.
Planning for the city’s upcoming 150th anniversary celebration this summer seems to be falling into place. But yes, they still need volunteers to step up for the big weekend. At last Wednesday’s planning session held at the Redwood Area Community Center, a number of empty spots on the organizational chart got filled in with actual names. “We had about 30 people show up, including some new faces,” said organizer Craig LaBrie. “They came to volunteer.” LaBrie estimates that for the weekend of June 20-22 to be everything it can be, there need to be 50 individuals or groups willing to take on leadership roles for different events. Once the event leaders are in place, the rest of the volunteers can be found. “The cheerleaders group at the school set up our Twitter account. That’s sort of been our ‘in’ into the schools,” said LaBrie, obviously delighted. “The volunteer search is broadening out. We’re finding more churches and businesses wanting to get involved.” With some groups, the anniversary planners have found it easier to just turn whole events over. It’s a win-win for everyone. “We’re so busy we’ve told them they can just let some event be their fundraiser, and they can have the money raised from it,” said LaBrie. Through its website, Facebook page, email, and now Twitter accounts, news of the 150th anniversary celebration is starting to get out. How busy does that weekend look to be so far? According to one meeting participant Wednesday evening, area hotels are already filling up fast with Redwood Falls High School graduates planning on attending the all-school reunion on Saturday, June 21. “We’ve checked with the fairgrounds, and can use it as for camp sites. Someone told us they had 2,000 tents there at one time,” said LaBrie. Already the planners are getting confirmations from bands and vendors committed to being in Redwood Falls that weekend. LaBrie estimates the 150th anniversary celebration, to be its best, will cost about $60,000. ‘We’re setting up a structure for sponsors,” said LaBrie. At its last meeting, the Redwood Falls City Council voted to tentatively approve an up to $7,000 contribution to the project. “Our two big pushes now are for volunteers and fundraising,” said LaBrie. The next planning meeting is set for March 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Redwood Area Community Center. As always, everyone is welcome. For more information, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org, search the website www.CelebrateRedwoodFalls.com, or check out the Facebook page Redwood Falls Sesquicentennial.