Boosters' withdrawal after 20 years leaves organizers scrambling

GREENFIELD — After a nearly 20-year run, the Eastern Hancock Athletic Boosters will not be serving their acclaimed chicken noodle dinner at the 2014 Hancock County 4-H Fair.

In fact, they won’t be under the fair’s large food tent at all, opting to direct efforts toward other fundraising activities, booster club members say.

Finding volunteers to oversee and manage the club’s food concession – the biggest at the county fair – became too cumbersome for the club to maintain over the course of the week-long event.

“Manpower was the biggest issue,” said club president Greg Hall. “We had plenty of people who would show up to work, but there were three or four that had to be there constantly to manage it.”

“It just got harder and harder to get parents to come and work,” said Doug Addison, a member of the Hancock County Ag Association board who is in charge of food booths. “I managed the (EH) food tent when my kids were involved 12 years ago, and it was hard to find volunteers then. Now it’s just gotten worse.”

The EH enterprise, which was a cooperative effort of several school organizations including the choir, band and cheerleading units, would usually make around $15,000 selling food during the week, but organizers say recently added activities to the fundraising roster can bring in almost as much money without a seven-day time commitment.

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