Add that to the escalating costs of promotion, trash removal and public safety, and the chamber has seen a substantial profit squeeze.
Martinez and Smith, however, were able subsequently to secure municipal and county support for the event, which annually brings tens of thousands of people into the region.
Also, the two reportedly have gotten the organization of the event down to a science - a substantial accomplishment considering the size and scope of the event.
New to the Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for 2010 are Daniel West of TD Bank, Deborah Baker of Glens Falls National Bank, James DiPasquale from the Gifford-DiPasquale law firm, Shawn Dempsey of Hickory Hill Ski Center, and Todd Trulli of George Henry's tavern. They join existing directors Faith Buck of Emerson House Bed & Breakfast, Diane Moon of Michael Moon Construction, Lucy Harris of the First Presbyterian Church, Jo Pierra from the 50-Plus Senior Citizens Club and Cheryl Kenyon of Adirondack Gold Maple Farm.
John Cleveland from Aloha Florist was also elected to the board, but he resigned soon after due to illness. Kathy Quintal from Oscar's Smoke House, also elected a director, resigned in the past several weeks.
Kenyon said she was looking forward to leading the chamber, and she and the board planned on updating the chamber website and boosting recruitment of new members.
"Hopefully the town will realize that we are here to work for them," she said. "We've go a really good crew."