Just five months away from hosting their 54th year of the Glass Days Festival in Dunkirk, the announcement was made that it will no longer be.
Dunkirk is approximately 14 miles from Hartford City. When asking for suggested festivals the Dunkirk Glass Days Festival is one of the first mentioned as a favorite to many.
The festival was held in downtown Dunkirk. It was a celebration of the heritage of glass that the community was built on, to teach the art of glass and industry as well as raise awareness to the continued benefits of utilizing the reduce, reuse, recycle system. Visitors could find free entertainment, contests, food vendors, crafts, glass demonstrations, tours, pageants, parades, and much more.
The committee took to social media last Friday stating, “After 53 years it is with huge disappointment to announce that there will no longer be a Dunkirk Glass Days Festival. Please know that we did all we could do to save this piece of nostalgia for Dunkirk and are grateful for all the support we have received.”
As many festivals, it seems a common issue is the lack of civic involvement leaving the high demands of more, more, more on the shoulders of those volunteers who do dedicate their time and energy to bring their community these exciting weekend to week long entertainments. Putting on theses annual events takes a lot of hard work, dedication, interest, volunteering and fundraising from the community members, all of which seem to be lacking for many festivals.