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This past week was the annual Hancock County District Fair. The week before was the Winnebago County Fair. What nice county fairs we have here in North Iowa.

Forest City had Puckerbrush Days and the WIT Rally.

Next week, Britt will host the 118th Annual Hobo Days/Convention. The town will soon be hosting the Annual Draft Horse Show.

A lot of people have spent many hours getting ready for these events. Now it’s our turn to get out and support these great county and community events.

It's easy to say there are great things to do right here in Winnebago and Hancock Counties.

After attending each of these events, I’m certain you were glad you did.

However, you’re not done.

You need to consider being a volunteer at one of those events or other events that have been held in the two counties.

If you live in any of the communities, in the county, where special celebrations or events occur, maybe it is time to step up and help if you have never given it a try.

What a shame it would be to see any of these events become a thing of the past because no one volunteered.

I know exactly what it takes to organize events like these. I also know how hard it is to get dedicated volunteers to donate countless hours.

It’s tough and people are getting tired and worn out.

I have to say volunteering doesn’t just cover community events and festivals. It also includes being a volunteer at your school, day care, nursing home or library.

The options are endless.

It is interesting how many high school students don’t realize how important community service and volunteerism is when it comes to college admission.

I know of schools requiring so many hours of community service for students before they can graduate from high school. Some even offer a special colored cord, recognizing the student for their hours of community service and volunteerism at commencement.

If your high school doesn’t offer the program, it may not be a bad idea to give them a call and ask them to consider such a program.

Many colleges are beginning to get their students involved in volunteering. Fraternities and sororities take on many opportunities.

Hopefully it will be enough to continue the desire once they graduate from college. Time will tell.

However, the time is now for some new volunteers to come work alongside those who have “done their time.”

Say “Thank you” and “How can I help?”

You’ll be glad you did.

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If you have an event or meeting you would like for us to promote in the paper, please email that information to us. We would love to spread the word about the many activities happening in and around Winnebago or Hancock Counties.

Also, if you attend an event and would like to submit a photo, feel free to do that as well. Don't forget to give us the information about the event as well as information about the photo.

The Summit Tribune is the voice of Winnebago County and Hancock Counties. We want to hear from you.

To submit an item, please email them to jim.cross@globegazette.com or give me a call at 641-832-7440.

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