WOLCOTT, Ind (WLFI) — The 4th of July often times kicks off festival and fair season. Today, Wolcott celebrated its 50th annual Summer Festival. Recent success, however; has been limited due to volunteers.
The event started back in 1969 when the town experienced disastrous fires.
Citizens wanted to raise spirits, and ended up creating a festival similar to one held in 1961 to celebrate the town's centennial.
They combined the new celebration with the 4th of July to celebrate both town and country.
Last year's festival was rumoured to be the town's last, but organizer Linda Fosters said they are doing the best they can to keep the festival going.
"We're doing our best. It's getting harder and harder every year because I think lives have changed and everyone is so busy. Between working and having kids and different things, but we're going to try our best to keep the festival going because it's realy good for this town," said Foster.
If the festival were truly ended, Foster believes the history and past success of the festival would still bring people back.
"People would show up here anyhow because we've been going on for fifty years, they just expect it," she added.
Jim Donnelly, a vendor, said the difference between other festivals and the Wolcott Summer Festival is that is stays true to its roots.
"The problem with a lot of them, they change a lot and just seems like if it's doing good for 40 to 50 years, just leave it be," said Donelly
David Hockstra has attended the Summer Festival for multiple years and believes the 50th anniversary shows it's success.
"With the 50th anniversay that's a milestone that many festivals do not make, and once you've made that, it's a milestone to go past that and keep going forward," said Hockstra.
The future of the festival remains in question, but Foster said organizers are taking it year by year. "We will regroup after this year because we've put all our efforts into making this year special, but we're going to do our best to have it next year."
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