Editorial – Return the favour

Editorial from April 30 edition of the Grand Forks Gazette.

A last second reprieve has saved the Grand Forks and District Fall Fair. The fall fair society received an assist from the River Valley Community Church which came in and saved the day.The church offered up a congregation’s worth of volunteers who will fill in as needed to make the fair go.As anyone who has ever been involved with organizing an event knows, it takes a lot of people to make it work.Whether you’re talking about a fall fair, a Christmas concert, a baseball tournament, or a wine festival, you need people to step up and organize things and then you have to be able to run the actual event.Of course, a lot of the work is done in the background. As Kelly and Jason McIver or Joan Thomas (GFI) can tell you, it takes a lot of calls and emails and texts to confirm teams and musical acts and fence posts and everything else that needs to be booked usually months in advance.Canada celebrated volunteer week earlier this month but we again see how important volunteers are in our community.Without volunteers the fall fair would have folded and the same would be of any event.Those types of events as well as popular get togethers like arts festivals, car shows and winter carnivals are what brings people together and break out of the winter or fall doldrums.If you and your family enjoy getting out of the house and being active and taking in these various community events, why not return the favour and volunteer?Aside from getting out and meeting people and doing a good deed, you can really make a difference in the community like the folks at River Valley Community Church.Of course, that’s all great but the other important factor for the further survival and, hopefully, expansion of the fall fair would be securing a permanent site.A permanent site with fairgrounds and buildings could perhaps allow the fair to attract a rodeo and maybe a midway every year and turn the event into a major attraction that would draw people from throughout the region and beyond.

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