No Summerfest in 2024?


After 10 years, some members of the Summerfest organizing committee are looking to pass the torch.

And if that doesn’t happen, this year’s Summerfest may not happen either.

The Summerfest committee issued an urgent plea on social media last week, saying this year’s festival is at risk of being cancelled unless more volunteers come forward to serve on the board and operating committee for 2024.

“This includes: chair, vice-chair, secretary, treasurer, and coordinators for entertainment, bar, ball tournament, vendors, sponsorship, social media, publicity, infrastructure, ‘Green Team’ coordinator, and more!”

Those interested were urged to attend Summerfest annual general meeting at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, March 6 at the Bear’s Den in Deep River.

“If we don’t have enough people attend the AGM and step-up to volunteer, we will sadly have to cancel this year’s festival,” the post noted.

“Help save Summerfest! Your involvement can make all the difference.”

Current Summerfest chair Kristen Hawley said most of the eight serving board members have been involved since at least 2014, and with careers and family, many don’t have the same time to dedicate to the festival as they used to.

Hawley said that between provincial regulations and insurance requirements, there are also more demands on the organizers…

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