The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Neighborhoods Geneva

May 18, 2014

Planning the Geneva Grape JAMboree is a year-long event

GENEVA — Just a few weeks after the annual Geneva Grape JAMboree, festival president Dave Johnson starts making telephone calls.

He reaches out to his committee members and to people he hopes will help out for the next festival.

“Planning a JAMboree is a year-long event,” Johnson said. “It takes a lot of people to make everything possible.”

Johnson and the rest of the JAMboree committee are looking for a few good, grape-loving friends to tackle everything from strategic planning and organization to litter pickup during the annual fest.

“We have people who come to us during the JAMboree and they ask how they can get involved,” he said. “But when it comes down to planning, we still need volunteers. We are constantly looking for people to help out.”

The committee of about 25 active members meets on the second Thursday of each month in the upstairs room in the Geneva Recreation Center. The festival is held the last full weekend in September.

Planning is in full swing now, Johnson said.

“We are already taking applications for the craft show, registration for the Miss Grapette Pageant, and the concessions for the weekend are already filled,” he said.

Advertising opportunities are now available in the annual festival brochure.

“We are constantly looking to add events and enhance the events we have for the JAMboree,” Johnson said. “There are so many ways to help out, whether you want to help plan for the whole year or pitch in on the days of the festival.”

The group has become more than just a committee over the years, he said.

“This is a fun group,” Johnson said. “We have become almost like a family, in a way.”

For more information on volunteer opportunities, email info@grapejamboree.com.

To participate in the 51st Miss Grapette Pageant, email missgrapette@grapejamboree.com.

To advertise in the annual brochure or to sponsor an event, email brochure@grapejamboree.com

“We welcome anyone who is willing to help,” Johnson said. “We have a job for everyone. There’s a lot of work that goes into planning an event like the JAMboree, and we are so grateful for all our volunteers.”

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