Successful Year for the 2015 Festival in the Pines
Posted: September 11, 2015
Each year the week after Festival in the Pines, which took place August 29-30 in Carson Park in Eau Claire, I am amazed at how many people help me host the event. After two years of experiencing bad weather, the festival was deemed a success this year as more than 12,000 people attended the weekend event. Obviously, better weather results in more attendees.
I am especially grateful to the four individuals who have helped me the most since I assumed an ownership interest in the festival 19 years ago. They include Kevin Roach, who serves as my field planning director; Art Schrofe, a Classic Car buff who helped attract a record number of Classic Cars to the event this year; Tammy Schauer, my office manager who helps keep me organized; and Danette Nelson, who oversees the arts/crafts vendors for Wisconsin Indian Head Country, the non-profit tourism organization based in Chetek, WI.
If it weren't for these people, there is no way I could host the event in an organized fashion.
In addition, I am grateful to the many service clubs and non-profit organizations that help staff the event. Whether it be the Hallie Optimists Club who staff the admission gates on Saturday or the Chi-Hi French Club that sold lemonade, all of the organizations should be proud that they assisted me over the festival weekend to put on such a great event.
This year's biggest hit was the ABRA Auto Body & Glass Classic Car Show on Sunday. Last year, the festival attracted 95 classic cars in its inaugural event. This year, at least 195 classic cars attended the show. This is all directly related to the work that Art Schrofe does to promote the Classic Car Show at Festival in the Pines. Art attends a number of other car shows throughout the summer and helps get the word out about our car show.
I am committed to putting on another Festival in the Pines next year. The event takes place Aug. 27-28, 2016. I can only hope for the same weather we had this past year.
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