A young girl enjoys one of the events at the 2012 Fall Faire.

Tough decision for Golden Historical Society

After much deliberation the Golden Historical Society has made the decision to cancel plans for a Fall Faire in 2013.

After much deliberation the Golden Historical Society has made the decision to cancel plans for a Fall Faire in 2013.

The final decision was made by members of the board of the society and was not made lightly according to Executive Director of The Golden Museum Colleen Palumbo.

“I think we are all disappointed. We really feel it was a good community event but we are not getting the funds or volunteers that are needed to do it properly. It was a decision that we had to make,” she said.

Palumbo explained that when the  plans were made for the first Fall Faire, the group never intended for it to happen every year.

“We have been working on the Fall Faire for six years. In the beginning it was not our intention to operate a fair annually. We were trying to put on a one time event that would give people the sense of history of the fairs in Golden,” she said. “It was such a great event the first time and we felt the community would like it to continue.”

Over the years the historical society has run the event but it has become more challenging over time.

“We realized this event was outside the mandate of the historical society. We let it lapse for a year but due to popular demand we went back to grant writing and brought it back,” Palumbo said.

She added the society has tried to pass the event off to different groups in Golden but no group has taken it on.

“We just don’t have the manpower to continue to do it with the few volunteers we have at the historical society.

Palumbo said that last year she had to put in 84 work hours on different grant applications.

“The grant writing costs are huge in administrative hours. We also have to pay a bookkeeper to look after the grant process.”

Even with the challenges of holding the event, the society was hopeful there would be a Fall Faire in 2013.

“We thought we would be able to pull it off but when we looked at the numbers in the budget we realized we would not have the funds to do the project in the way the people of Golden would expect us to,” she said.

 

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