Excitement from the weekend’s Fallfest has barely subsided, and yet organizers are already looking ahead to next year’s event.
Westminster Fallfest, Inc. is accepting applications for charities for Fallfest 2012, to be held Sept. 27-30. Interested organizations are being encouraged to send a letter of request outlining basic organizational information.
The deadline for applications is Oct. 1.
According to Fallfest board member Ron Schroers, director of the Westminster Recreation & Parks Dept., the reason organizers are getting things done so far in advance is because Fallfest starts selling sponsorship for 2012 at the end of October.
“Some sponsors like to know who we are supporting. Also we introduce our new charities at the Dec. 12, council meeting when the checks are presented to the 2011 recipients,” Schroers stated in an email.
Billed as Carroll County’s largest community charity event, Fallfest is held once a year the last weekend in Sept., and includes a parade as well as many fair-like activities.
In addition, the centerpieces for the festival are the area non-profits. Leading up to Fallfest is the event King and Queen competition, which revolves around non-profit fundraising.
In the run up to crowning a festival king and queen, a handful of area non-profits go through an interview process with the board, which then votes and picks four non-profits to be included in the year’s festival.
Each chosen charity must then provide festival volunteers.
This year, the chosen non-profits included Access Carroll, Carroll County Youth Service Bureau, Carroll Hospice and Boys and Girls Clubs of Westminster.
“This year’s Fallfest was fabulous,” Ron Schroers said. “We had four great charities participating…We couldn’t have asked for a better crowd of people to come.”
Schoers said that the amount of money raised through the festival this year has yet to be tallied.
“The city of Westminster is very proud of Fallfest,” he said. “Not only does it provide local charities with event proceeds but it also gives them the opportunity to gain exposure.”
To learn more about Fallfest, visit the organization’s website here. To read our coverage from this year's event, click , , and .