We have survived the cold, the wind and the rain during the week of the Molasses Festival and would like to thank you for the great attendance despite the elements.

Our workers really outdid themselves this year to make this an enjoyable event for everyone.

The Arnoldsburg Eagles 4-H Club arranged and decorated in front of the park, and Crystal Marks and Dawn Burris put the fodder shocks and bows (thank you Charlie Whipkey) around the building. These sure provided a welcoming sight to those who came. Thank you.

Our merchant drawings were up this year, thanks to Crystal Marks, Dawn Burris and Robin Gordon. These girls worked hard to get more items, thank you.

Our Country Store was actually running over this year, thanks to Jessie Wilson, Crystal and Dawn. It really looked nice and did a real business. We are so glad that so many people took advantage of the great items and prices.

Betty Price(who could sell snowballs to an Eskimo) did great selling raffle tickets and molasses. By the way, Jack Marks won the Wal-Mart gift cards.

Erma Miller and Janet Hastewell took care of the quilt exhibit and non commercial exhibits. If you did not get to see all the beautiful quilts in the large room, you really missed a treat. They were grand. These ladies and their helpers did a wonderful job. We had a lot more quilts this year and hope we have even more next year. Thank you, girls.

I attribute Carolyn Nester and Vicky Laughlin's good taste in music for the crowd staying later this year. Everyone enjoyed the bluegrass and we heard all kinds of good comments. Thank you girls, great job!

Thanks to Donna Schoolcraft, Norma Collins and Della Starcher for a Grand Parade. We know it is a lot of hard work, you go girls!

If you didn't eat any of the gooood chicken that Jennifer and Larry Hall, Jack Marks and Jim Helmick barbecued, you missed some finger lickin' good food. Jennifer and her crew always do a good job. Speaking of food, there are a lot of hard hours put into preparing and serving the food. It really is a thankless job, but Janet Marks, Connie McCartney and Robin Gordon ran the kitchens and cooked like crazy. So, thank you girls and all your helpers for the hard work and all the yummies for our tummies.

We wouldn't have a festival if we didn't have workers down over the bank making the 'lasses. Vier Hall, Dip Mace, Thelma Hall, Harless Mace and Frank Hayden were there, rain or shine, (mostly rain). We thank them for their dedication.

We will submit a list later for all the merchants who donated items and the winners.

Thank you again to all who worked so diligently, I truly appreciate you and a job well done.

Linda McCartney, Chairperson