Festival in danger, more help needed
THE Myrtleford Festival is no closer to securing its future following a poorly attended annual general meeting last Thursday night.
There are still four unfilled positions on the committee after just two newcomers answered a call for more locals to get involved with the long running event.
Chris Walkear will no longer be the festival’s president with Helen McDougall taking on the role.
Ms McDougall, joined the committee last year and last week assumed the top position.
Speaking for the last time as president, Chris Walkear said the possibility of the fes- tival’s demise was still real.
“It’s possible, not probable, but you just never know,” he said.
“If one of the five (committee) pulled out and you got that snowball effect it could possibly not happen.
“Volunteerism is a dying art, people think someone else will do the work and then they’ll just go and enjoy the weekend but there will come a day where those who do all the work will have had enough.”
Mr Walkear again stressed that helpers for the festival did not necessarily have to join the committee.
“We need a volunteer base of contacts so we are not relying on the same people all the time, we just need people who can put their hand up and say they are prepared to help,” he said.
There is optimism that two new committee members will attract more first time volunteers.
“One of them is just new to town so they have come on-board to see what it’s all about which is good,” Mr Walkear said.
“They’ve both got different circles of friends do if they send a message to 10 people, who send a message to another ten people who are willing to get involved we might have 100 helpers before know it.”
A second meeting will be held next Thursday at 7pm at the Myrtleford Library with all prospective helpers invited to attend.