Crowds of people gathered in Cory Sunday, for the final day of this weekend’s apple festival. In order to see such success, organizers say that months of hard work and preparation is necessary.
“People work all year round to put this event on and of course we have to go out and not solicit people but ask for people to work with us and work for us. So we try to do that and get everybody out here” said Lloyd Hendrix, Cory Apple Festival vice president.
The large crowds also draw in lots of money which is used to help a fire department in need.
“The money has to go to the Volunteer Fire Department because we need to keep the community safe and so forth and we have a great bunch of guys that do a great job.” says Hendrix.
For the Cory Volunteer Fire Department, the Apple Festival is a critical event because it serves as the only source of income for the department.
“We get about enough money from the township trustee to pay our insurance for the year. So anything we need to buy to keep the fire department going comes from the festival” said Chief Glen Neiswinger, Cory Volunteer Fire Department.
The money earned over the three day festival is used in several ways by the station. “A lot of different equipment that we need to just expand and be a service to the community.”
Their service to the community is reciprocated every year by the huge event. “We couldn’t put this on without people from the community. The fire department is not big enough to put this magnitude of a thing on” says Neiswinger.