Savage Fest '96 canceled lack of volunteers cited

November 10, 1995|By Shanon D. Murray | Shanon D. Murray,SUN STAFF

Savage Fest '96 -- which was to have been the latest version of the Savage Community Association's annual fund-raiser -- has been canceled because of low volunteer turnout at planning meetings, organizers said.

Although Bill Waff, president of the Savage Community Association, said he recognizes that residents have other commitments, he said he is stunned by the lack of interest in the annual two-day fair held the first weekend in June.

"I thought it was enough people out there to come forward and make sure [the festival] doesn't die, but evidently not," he said. "We got a little fed up and said 'Let's take the year off.' "

The event always has had a core group of six or seven organizers, but it requires at least a dozen people to arrange for entertainment, vendor registration, publicity and other details, Mr. Waff said. Four people attended the first planning meeting last month and five attended the second two weeks later.

Savage Fest usually draws 5,000 to 10,000 and includes pony rides, tours of historic mill homes, games and competitions and booths tended by artisans and local businesses. The event began six years ago in a revival of the old community celebration known as Savage Days, which had been held on and off since the 1920s.

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