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On behalf of the chamber board of directors and
staff, I would like to extend to all volunteers, sponsors, Logan
County Board, Lincoln City Council, city of Lincoln Mayor Keith
Snyder, Sheriff Steve Nichols, Lincoln city police Chief Ken
Greenslate and so many others our sincere gratitude for the hard
work contributed to the success of the 40th annual Lincoln Art &
Balloon Festival. The weekend was hot and exhausting, but from so
many of you, I saw a tireless enthusiasm that helped to create the
family-friendly environment we strove to achieve. For this effort, I
and the chamber board of directors are truly grateful.
Attendance for the weekend was one of the largest in the history
of this event and continues to grow each year. Without the tireless
work of our countless volunteers, this event would not function and
flow as well as it does. So many volunteers come back year after
year to make this event stronger and stronger each year. We also saw
many new volunteers this year and hope you had a positive experience
and will consider giving of your time, skills and talents in future
I also extend a special thank-you to our nearly 100 sponsors.
Without them, this event would not be a possibility. The sponsors
bring us everything from the beautiful hot air balloons to the
necessities of porta-potties and tents, and everything in between.
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On behalf of everyone at the chamber, I also want to express
appreciation for those who often go unnamed but almost never go
unnoticed. These individuals may not give their time wearing the
brightly colored volunteer shirts, but they give of their time and
talents just as generously, and sometimes their space. These
individuals work behind the scenes before, during and well after the
festival has concluded. They make sure we have electricity in places
that do not normally have it available, make water available and
hang signage so every visitor to the event knows exactly where to
go. These people block off streets and loan us trailers, trucks and
their time to haul materials with these trailers and trucks. They
hang pretty artwork to show the community does care about a
seemingly unattractive burnt-out old building. They decorate our
sidewalks, water and plant flowers, trim trees, mow grass and more
grass. There are those who donate building supplies and those who
put those building supplies together to create signage, or a nice
yellow fence, and those who wash the borrowed vehicles that tote us
around all weekend, before we have to return them. We appreciate
you. Your efforts, although maybe not mentioned in a book or on a
sign, do not go unnoticed.
This event could not and would not happen without each and every
one of those mentioned above and your time, energy and support.
Cooperation and coordination were clearly evident, and those are two
key elements to the success of any event, especially one of this
"Thank you" does not seem an adequate phrase to share the
sentiment of the chamber board and myself. I hope that your
volunteer experience was wonderful and, therefore, something you
will choose to repeat in the years to come.
President, board of directors
Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce
September 04, 2013]
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