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Letter to the Editor: Thank you for dedication to West Fest

This past weekend, our community celebrated another West Fest - our twenty-first. The weather was perfect and, as usual, we had a tremendous turnout and support for this great community event. A great deal of work goes into the planning and execution of the plan for this celebration. The planning committee did an excellent job of providing our community with the many events that make West Fest such a source of community pride. The committee does a great deal of work behind the scenes and I would like to thank the planning committee members for their dedicated work. The committee members were Tina Gustafson, Carol Stillwell, Rachelle Martin, Larry Weil, Chris Kulesa, Ruth Strahm, James Anderson, Larry Lubben, Jeannie Camarillo, Grant Larson, Kathy Lewin, Mark Vaux, Jim Brownlee, Arland Rasmussen, Duane Sall, Mike Reitan, Chris Brungardt, and Chad Zander. Each took various events of the celebration and did their part to make it so successful.

We also had many community volunteers who helped on the day to assist with parade Line-up, parade patrol, clean-up - you name it - thank you so much for being such an important part of the day. Other groups took on the planning for some events such as the Ministerial Association with the Pancake Breakfast, Sharon Horsager organized the 10th Annual Mike McLeod Memorial Softball Tournament, The Alzheimer's Association for the Walk to End Alzheimer's and 5K run, The Park District organized the Rummage Sale, the WF Fire Department set up the Firefighter's Ball, and Sandra Carlson set up the Horseshoe Tournament. All of these activities are an important part of West Fest and we want to thank these organizations for their important contribution.

Thanks to our many sponsors, vendors, 150 parade unit participants, providers such as Penny and Pals, Games Galore, magician, face painting, the Community Band for their performance, Jeannie and the Toppers Car Club for organizing Cruise Night, and so on. Most of all, thanks to the community for coming out and supporting the many events of this celebration. We hope this event will continue to grow and continue to be a source of community pride for our great city. See you all next year.

Larry Lubben

Chairman, West Fest

Planning Committee