Trying times for local festivalOrganizers of this year’s Two Harbors Heritage Days are in dire need of financial sponsors and volunteers to make sure the July 8-11 event remains a highlight for the area this summer.
By: News-Chronicle, Lake County News Chronicle
Organizers of this year’s Two Harbors Heritage Days are in dire need of financial sponsors and volunteers to make sure the July 8-11 event remains a highlight for the area this summer.
Cheryl Sundstrom heads up the festival committee made up of Mary Rosati, Ruth and Bill Rabold, Mel Sando and Rick Sundstrom.
“Our committee works tirelessly all year planning the event and the parade,” Sundstrom said. “We have been known to have the largest parade on the North Shore. Many musical groups and entertainers have joined us over the years.”
But all of that entertainment comes at a cost, one that a lagging economy has made difficult to pay. “What most citizens of the community are not aware of is that the parade is the single largest expense of Heritage Days,” Sundstrom said.
Every shriner group that participates receives a fee of $450 up to $750, which mostly goes to their burn center work. Marty’s Golenairres, a drum and bugle favorite that comes from Michigan, charges more than $1,500 to attend the parade.
Sundstrom said that in years past, the parade entertainment was sponsored by local businesses. “Now, due to economic factors and some of the businesses leaving the area, we no longer receive these sponsorships. The city of Two Harbors only gives a small portion of the annual budget and it comes no where near the expense of putting on a quality weekend for all to enjoy.”
Potential sponsors are asked to contact Sundstrom at 834-5092. Volunteers are also needed to help with the many activities going on all weekend.