Volunteers necessity for Fourth of July weekend

ROUSES POINT - With the 50th celebration of Rouses Point's Fourth of July weekend in just four months, organizers are hoping more volunteers will step up to the plate.

During a meeting held Feb. 18, the Fourth of July weekend committee hashed out events they hope to see come to fruition.

"It doesn't have to be way it's always been," said Geri Favreau, former chairperson of the event. "It's okay to change things."

Favreau said she is stepping down as chair this year, although is willing to help anyone who wishes to take on the position.

"I don't mind doing letters. I don't mind doing some of the running around," she explained. "What I'm looking for is somebody who will take charge of the weekend."

In the past, numerous events have been planned throughout the village for the typically three-day event, however, this year, the committee anticipates having to downsize.

The events for the weekend, themed "Rouses Point Through the Years," will be held Saturday, July 3, and Sunday, July 4, with nothing currently planned for July 2. The committee also does not foresee there being a beer tent this year, a popular draw for the crowds.

"This is all we can manage at this point," said committee member Jan Letourneau. "We're stretching ourselves thin."

However, members said if more people from the community would come forth to help with the planning, more events can take place.

"We need people from the community to step up and help out this year," said Kevin Chagnon, another committee member.

Chagnon added he feels this year's celebration should be just as big as last year's, if not bigger, since it is the 50th anniversary.

"We just don't have the volunteers like we did back in the day," he said. "We need some young, new people with ideas."

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