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?
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
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!