Four volunteers with a total of 46 years invested in Westminster's Fallfest received a tangible "thank you" from the mayor and City Council this year.
The 17th annual city festival and craft fair Sept. 21-24 raised $1,000 apiece for seven local organizations.
The four-day event features a parade, crafts, games, rides and shows.
"It was very nice to get the pat on the back," said Marshall "Jamie" Green, a 10-year volunteer and chairman of Fallfest 1995. "Receiving acknowledgment from the city was very gratifying, that someone is recognizing the effort."
Mayor Kenneth A. Yowan gave plaques bearing the city seal last week to members of the 1995 Fallfest steering committee: Mr. Green; Michelle Adams, a volunteer for nine years; Roberta Kasik, 17 years; and her husband, Brian Kasik, 10 years.
The council always thanks volunteers after the event, Mr. Yowan said. But Recreation Supervisor Ronald J. Schroers suggested tangible recognition to the committee and Mr. Yowan agreed.
"I think Fallfest just personifies volunteers," the mayor said, adding that several hundred people put more than 5,000 hours into this year's festival.
Proceeds went to the Rape Crisis Intervention Center, Carroll County Food Sunday, Human Services Programs Inc., Northeast Social Action Program, CHANGE Inc., Shepherd's Staff and Westminster Volunteer Fire Company.
In her 17 years with Fallfest, Mrs. Kasik has been secretary and chairwoman of the steering committee. She has organized volunteers, planned decorations and booked entertainment.
A buyer for Bobby's Hobby Lobby, 65 E. Main St., Mrs. Kasik said she got involved because, "There wasn't really any kind of celebration of downtown Westminster when it started."
Mr. Kasik, in a way, married into Fallfest. Thirteen years ago, he recalled, "I asked her out, she said she was busy, I asked, 'What are you doing?' "
He attended the first year to see what Fallfest was like, enjoyed it and began volunteering before he and Mrs. Kasik were married nine years ago. He is a field service engineer for Olympus Corp.
Mr. Green said he liked what Fallfest does for the community. He said he has some I-don't-believe-it's-this-much-work moments, but the community spirit brings him back each year.
Mr. Green is computer manager for Carroll Land Services Inc. and assistant pastor of Gospel Spreading Church in Union Bridge. He also is the father of six and president of the parent organization at Faith Christian School.
Mrs. Adams began working with Fallfest in 1986, when she was hired as activities coordinator in the city recreation office. She now is a secretary at an accounting office, but remained a volunteer.
"It's a very fulfilling weekend. You know you're doing something for charities," she said.