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By Karen Hendricks, PR/Marketing Director

The Festival’s volunteers are quite simply “rock stars” in our book.

More than 100  generous people provided their talents, smiles and manpower to the Festival’s events this year and we couldn’t be more grateful.

Julie and Richard McGeary

I heard one of the most amazing volunteer stories during the Old-Fashioned Sunday Supper, in Beech Springs Farm’s 1860’s era barn, while surrounded by heirloom quilts and strains of bluegrass music.  Julie and Richard McGeary, a husband-and-wife volunteering duo, relayed to me how they learned of the Festival during its first year in 2008 and traveled from their suburban Philadelphia home to attend some of the events.  They enjoyed themselves so much that they returned for the 2nd Annual Gettysburg Festival in 2009, and the 3rd Annual Gettysburg Festival in 2010.

Volunteers Richard & Julie McGeary with Judy Leslie - on the June 16 Edible Art Tour

By this time, an idea had taken hold:  Since they enjoyed the Festival and the Gettysburg area so much, why not move here?  That’s exactly what the McGearys did, and six months later, they decided that rather than simply attending lots of 4th Annual Gettysburg Festival events, they would attend a select few but volunteer at many more.  We are so thankful to convert these Festival “veterans” into “volunteers.”

And we look forward to many more enjoyable events with what has become our “Festival family”—a fantastic network of generous, warm and friendly volunteers.  Kudos!

Volunteers at the June 11 Cajun-Creole Cookout / Mardi Gras Music