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Volunteers make successful festival

The 2010 Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival was a big success due in large part to the over 300 volunteers who came out in support of this annual community fundraising event. Through almost record setting temperatures they kept their cool and a smile on their face as they worked to put on one awesome festival.

As always the hard-working Coupeville town maintenance crew was there to assist with set-up and clean-up, and the upstanding and security-focused town marshals patrolled to keep our streets and crowds safe. We again had the help of those amazing Coupeville Lions and a top-notch crew of volunteers from NAS Whidbey Island. Both groups went above and beyond the call of duty helping even other volunteers to get the job done.

Whidbey Sea-Tac Shuttle demonstrated true customer service and quality as they transported over 100 peninsula visitors from the Keystone ferry landing to the festival grounds and back. Skagit Valley College Statistics and the Coupeville Drama Club worked hard to conduct the Official Festival Survey. The professionals from Comcast gave expert assistance with the set-up and sound checks for entertainment.

As you can imagine, the water and first aid station manned by the highly skilled EMS crew of Whidbey General Hospital was in high demand and over 2,700 cups of water along with some top quality first aid were given out over the weekend. The water station was made possible by the combined effort of the Oak Harbor Fire Department and the Town of Coupeville, utilities. Central Whidbey Fire and Rescue’s fire truck and crew provided information on fire prevention and spawned a whole new generation of junior firefighters wearing black plastic hats.

The law offices of Platt and Buescher and Dr. Hansen of Anacortes generously donated the use of their land, and Platt and Beuscher even donated the use of their parking lot for our handicapped visitors, providing the closest handicap access to the festival grounds. And finally the Coupeville merchants graciously and patiently supported a completely disrupted downtown.

Our amazing and dedicated group of core volunteers must also be recognized. These individuals return every year to make the festival a great success. Without them and their commitment to quality and excellent customer service, our annual fundraiser, the Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival, would not long survive. They are truly committed to improving the quality of life in their community.

Thanks again to all of you who helped with this fun-filled, action packed, festival.

Respectfully and in great appreciation.

The Coupeville

Festival Association

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