Core of volunteers needed

After a hiatus of six years, the Collage of Culture may be returning in May 2014.

The high profile event, once considered Jefferson County's signature event, was started in 1993, and drew big name entertainers, such as Brad Paisley in 2000 and Diamond Rio in 2007. The last event was held in 2008.

This time around, the emphasis will be on using more local talent, and keeping expenses down for the free event.

"We have started with a group of Collage activists who are working to build the group to a dozen or so solid, committed volunteers to bring the event back," said Joe Krenowicz, Madras-Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce executive director.

The half-dozen volunteers will be working on planning, vendor coordination, music selection, sponsorship solicitation, site preparation and "boots on the ground" on the day of the May event.

"January will be a go or no go decision point for a 2014 event," said Krenowicz.

The event, formerly held on the Westside grounds and at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, will be held at Sahalee Park, and will emphasize the county's different cultures.

"It definitely needs to get back to the local flavor," said Krenowicz, who hopes to have at least six more volunteers to help with the Saturday event.

The group's next meeting will be held Tuesday, Jan. 7, at 5:30 p.m., at the chamber.

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