By Zach Osowski
The Herald Bulletin
DALEVILLE, Ind. — The Daleville Autumnfest wrapped up Sunday after a weekend of promoting the small-town community.
Festival board president Steve Selby said letting people know about Daleville was the driving force behind starting the festival eight years ago.
“We’re all about trying to help out various organizations in the community,” he said.
The festival helps aid many local organizations by giving them a platform to hold fundraisers. Selby said they have a very special relationship with the Daleville Community Schools who allow them to hold the festival behind the elementary school.
“We couldn’t do it without them,” Selby said. “They have been very gracious in accommodating us.”
Many of the schools’ programs from the drama club to multiple sports teams come to the festival in an attempt to raise money for their various programs.
Selby also said most of the money the festival board raises winds up back in the schools one way or another. They host an essay contest for the Daleville High seniors and award a scholarship to one senior boy and one senior girl every year.
Others get in on the act as well. The local fire department held a pork chop dinner Saturday night and Selby said they did very well thanks to patrons from the festival.
“It’s an opportunity for different organizations to raise funds for themselves,” he said. “We try to be a catalyst to bring those groups together.”
The festival is in its eighth year and has experimented with lots of different ideas to get people to come from parades to pet shows and even baking competitions.
Selby said they have received a great amount of support from the town of Daleville and the local police.
Although attendance was down from years past, Selby and Kathy Richman, also on the festival board, said they still feel very satisfied with how the festival went this year.
“The goal is to bring the community together,” Richman said. “And we feel successful in that aspect of it.”
She said the festival will continue to grow and figure out what things work and what doesn’t work. She said they feel like they met the goals they set for themselves this year and as years go on they will continue to set bigger and bigger goals.
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