To the Editor: Volunteers thanked for efforts at Black Swamp Arts Fest
Written by Dan Stutzman   
Wednesday, 02 October 2013 08:53
The 21st Black Swamp Arts Festival has ended, but what a great Festival it was!
We want to take this opportunity to thank Bowling Green and our surrounding communities for coming out every day. It is great to see the whole community out and having a great time together.
We also want to acknowledge our generous Presenting Sponsor, The Rotary Club of Bowling Green. We are proud and humbled by their generous support, and their commitment to service. In addition, we are grateful to our major sponsors: The Kiwanis Club generously supports our Kiwanis Youth Arts Village. The Ohio Arts Council gives generous support to our Festival. Together we are able to showcase local, national, and international arts in our own neighborhood.
The Black Swamp Arts Festival would also like to acknowledge the City of Bowling Green. From the hanging of our banners to the festival tear down, to making sure we were able to celebrate the arts in a safe environment, all the public employees of Bowling Green helped make this Black Swamp Arts Festival a fun and safe event!  
Thank you, WBGU 88.1 FM for your weekend long commitment to broadcast the entire Black Swamp Arts Festival. WBGU is a wonderful and unique community resource. We are pleased to continue our partnership with these amazing students.
Of course, none of this would be possible without our 1000+ volunteers who make the Black Swamp the best free arts and music festival in Ohio! Every single thing done at this festival is done by a volunteer and we are so proud of this accomplishment. Thank you for whatever it is you do: selling tickets, pulling beer handles, waking up at 3 a.m. to close Main Street, setting up tents, marking the road, selling t-shirts, hanging banners, collecting the trash and recycling, taking photos, cooking food, twittering, providing breaks and water to the artists, staining your hands tie-dying with the kids, cutting masks, and running a missing guitar from one stage to another. We humbly thank each of you.
The entire Festival Committee thanks you for attending and supporting the arts in your community. Without the commitment of hundreds of volunteers and the support of the City of Bowling Green this would just be the weekend after Labor Day. But, together we have made an event many consider a community homecoming.
Dan Stutzman
Black Swamp Arts Festival Committee

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