Holland Events Committee names fest coordinator



HOLLAND — The planners behind a Dubois County summer festival have a new person at the helm.

The Holland Events Committee, consisting of a large number of community volunteers steered by a seven-member board, had been saying it was time to switch things up a bit and bring in new leadership as the group enters its seventh year.

HEC accomplished just that Monday when Holland resident Beth Sutherland was installed as fest coordinator.

“I think it will be a great experience and a good way to not only grow the community but grow myself,” Sutherland said during a Thursday interview.

Sutherland saw on social media that volunteer help was being sought for Holland’s fest, which motivated her to approach HEC point person Andrea Peters.

“She let me know that they were needing someone to take over her role,” Sutherland says. “I didn’t want the event to go to an ‘every-five-year event.’ It’s a good thing for the community.

“Growing up in the area, I know how important fests are for each community that hosts one. I talked to the father of my kids and we decided that was something I would be able to do.”

Peters can how step back just a bit while remaining an active volunteer.

“It wasn’t an easy decision but I need to focus on business and family,” said Peters who, along with husband, Aaron, operates Family Roots Nursery and CBD business Zilis. “I would rather be an overseer than I would a facilitator right now. I’m still going to be fully involved.”

Sutherland, the insurance billing manager for LifeSpring Health Systems’ western division and the mom of Charlotte, 7, and Bear, 5, credited Peters and other HEC leaders, like treasurer Ashley Kirk, for years spent building an excellent festival.

“The fest last year was absolutely amazing,” Sutherland said. “I want to continue in that tradition and I don’t want to let them down or the community down in any way, shape or form.”

To that end, a 2020 Holland Community Fest planning meeting is planned for 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, at Holland American Legion Post 343, 508 W. Main St. Anyone who might want to volunteer and be part of this year’s fest is encouraged to attend.

Entering its seventh year, HEC remains an active driver in the Holland community.

Last year, HEC established a $20,000 endowment with the Dubois County Community Foundation specifically to benefit events taking place in Holland. The committee also donated $6,625 to Holland Elementary School in 2019 for various projects, including a playground upgrade.

Holland’s park has been a focus of HEC, with the committee buying new picnic tables, making electrical upgrades and adding security lighting. The committee contracted the large shelter house mural and a carving at the playground, donated to windmill projects and added a driveway.

In 2019, HEC donations to and improvements at the park totaled $5,495.73. Early this month, HEC presented a $5,000 check to the Holland Park Board and still to come in 2020 is a free community splash pad at the park.

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