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Herndon Festival Praised in Recreation Management Magazine

Herndon Festival lauded for its volunteer force and growth.

The Town of Herndon's Herndon Festival received recognition as one of the country's "fantastic festivals" in a new Recreation Management magazine article on making community programs special.

The focus of the article is on what it takes to create effective community programs that result in bringing the community together and creating rewarding connections and relationships. 

The Town of Herndon is highlighted for having well-trained and well-informed volunteers helping provide the manpower behind Herndon Festival. 

Herndon Parks and Rec Marketing Specialist Jacqui Matthews spoke with the magazine. She said more than 1,000 volunteer hours go into producing the Herndon Festival, which celebrates its 33rd year this spring. 

The festival's volunteers come from all over the community, including the Rotary Club of Herndon, the Optimist Club, the American Legion, and area Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. Matthews said all of Herndon Festival's volunteers are briefed and trained on what will be expected of them before they get involved. 

Herndon Festival is also mentioned in the article for originally starting out as a much smaller event and growing from there.

Matthews told RM magazine that places looking to develop events like Herndon festival can start with a small-scale plan, reach out to businesses that want to market themselves and do something for the community, then grow from there. 

This year's Herndon Festival will be held from May 30 to June 2 in downtown Herndon. The event is the largest free festival in Northern Virginia, drawing about 80,000 people each year. Check for updates on Herndon Festival as the event nears at HerndonFestival.net

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Richard Downer February 23, 2013 at 03:12 PM
This year's Festival starts in Thursday, May 30th. See you there!
Dennis & Mary Drum February 23, 2013 at 05:19 PM
Congratulations, Art!!

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