Watertown Faire on the Square Going Ahead, But Needs Donations
The annual event will take place Sept. 22, but money is being sought to offset the cost of the event.
The 2012 Faire on the Square will take place Sept. 22 in the usual spot – behind Town Hall – but the cost of the event has town officials worried.
Town Council Vice President Steven Corbett said about $10,000 was raised for last year's Faire, which features games, food and activities. That left the town searching for a way to cover the several thousand dollars shortfall, Corbett said.
The Faire on the Square Committee is looking for help recruiting volunteers and soliciting donations.
"At one time we had donations of about $30,000," Corbett said.
Many of the donations come from local businesses such as banks and car dealerships, Corbett said, but more help is needed.
"A combination of economic times and other factors mean that some groups have stopped donating," Corbett said.
Corbett asked Town Manager Michael Driscoll and Corbett's fellow town councilors to help spread word about the need for volunteers and for donations.
A group of people who have helped out in the past will organize this year's Faire. Town officials approached the Rotary Club to see if they would like to run the Faire, Corbett said, but they declined.
Some thought has been made to moving the event to another location, but Corbett said the committee decided it is not the right time to do so.