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Bluegrass Festival Plans Updated at Holly Commercial Club

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The schedule of events for this year’s Holly Bluegrass Festival, set for June 10-12, was presented to the Holly Commercial Club by Rod Swisher of the Bluegrass committee. The committee took no action during the May 4th meeting on his request to help with finances for the Festival’s radio ads.  The menu and pricing for the Friday night BBQ is still being developed.

Kurtis Klinghammer stated a community-wide Vacation Bible School will be held June 6-10, the week prior to the Festival and the hours will be changed to mornings instead of the previous evening schedule. On another note, he informed Club members that the Holly Historical Society Museum will open for Alumni Week which is soon approaching.  He stated that one of the best books he had ever seen regarding the Towner Bus Tragedy will be available.  Bathroom work at the museum is complete as well as the East Room which is open for display.  Restoration of the West Room and jail cells are next on the schedule.  A grand opening is planned for a date in June, but has not been selected at this point.

Holly Town Administrator, Jerry L’Estrange informed the club that Holly was not a community selected for the Pedal the Plains event this year. He did note that the state was so impressed with the presentation by the local committee, that it will be used as a model for presentation for other communities.  La Junta was selected as the host city.  The next window for southeast Colorado will be in 2018.

The treasurer’s report indicated a year-to-date income of $2,032 for the Club with a new loss of $10.58 for April. Year-to-date income for the Holly Shopper is $98.69.  In order to maintain a positive income, a decision was made to reduce the font size of news articles to keep the paper to six pages.  The next Holly Commercial Club will be on June 1st.

By Russ Baldwin from notes submitted by Jesse Frey

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