Local Festival Under The Gun: Organizers Pleading For Volunteers, Money

By Jeff Neumeyer

May 30, 2013 Updated May 30, 2013 at 5:45 PM EDT

HUNTERTOWN, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) --- A summertime celebration in Huntertown is trying to keep its head above water because of money and manpower shortages.

The event is not being canceled, but the Huntertown Heritage Days Festival is being cut back to survive.

In front of town hall, a sign reads, "What's the future of the Huntertown Heritage Days, you decide".

It's a call for more volunteers to help staff events at the festival.

The popular parade will be held, but activities on Saturday August 3rd will be cut back from midnight to 3 p.m. with the elimination of the beer tent, because of a lack of cash.

A board member says several businesses used to donate $500.00 to help fund the festival.

" Many of those companies are now just giving a $100.00. That is a sign of the times. And so, we're having to kind of combine things a little bit, so that we can still do something for the community, but be able to afford it," said Jenny McComb.

Though money is tight in a lot of places these days, McComb believes a lot of the larger, more established festivals around this area, such as Grabill Days and Canal Days in New Haven, have more tradition and resources to draw from.

But she’s convinced some of them are finding ways to cut costs.

There's a meeting Tuesday, June 4th at the Huntertown Town Hall, to talk about the cash shortage and the need to drum up more volunteers to keep the festival viable.

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