What it takes to make a festival | Letter
August 30, 2011 · Updated 4:04 PM
Some 48 years ago, the first Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival was brought together by a small group of committed citizen volunteers who wanted to make a difference. These volunteers gave unselfishly of their time, talents, and also, quite a lot of elbow grease.
With the help of local artisans, local business sponsors, and the support of the community, the first festival was a resounding success. Forty-eight years later, that same spirit still makes the Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival an event by the community for the community and a successful celebration of the arts.
From Aug. 12 to 14 over 200 festival volunteers, artisans, community members, emergency responders and business sponsors came together to create a top quality event and an unforgettable experience for some 17,000 visitors and attendees.
Most of those attendees had no idea of the problem solving, “quick fixes,” ingenious solutions, and creative customer service going on behind the scenes to ensure their experience was a positive one. As representatives of our community, we can have nothing but the highest respect and admiration for all of those who gave so willingly.
Additionally, the festival is also a local fundraiser and has raised in total over $700,000 for scholarships and community grants. As a result, these committed citizens have not only given a memorable experience to visitors and attendees, they are also giving back to the community they live in. Well done!
Tessa Gavin, president
Coupeville Festival Association