Each year, a carnival, softball tournaments, food stands and music fill Centennial Park for WaunaFest. With the WaunaFest Run, Kiddie Run, WaunaSpike, parade and more, the four-day event offers a host of other activities that bring people in our community together to form stronger bonds.

Last weekend’s festival took a great deal of work, and the Waunakee area community is lucky to have such dedicated volunteers and village staff.

WaunaFest grew out of a picnic the Waunakee American Legion Post 360 hosted for many years. Because more volunteers were needed, other service clubs such as the Rotary, Lions, Lioness, Chamber, Knights of Columbus, Optimist and others formed WaunaFest with the Legion.

The service club members staff food stands and beer tents with proceeds all going back to the community and to projects such as transporting eye tissue to the Lions Eye Bank, supporting veterans and families, and building wells in underdeveloped countries.

That beer or soda you sipped on, or that hot dog or burger you ate might have put on a calorie or two, but hey, it was for a good cause.

And you got to see your neighbors and friends in your community and listen to some good music.

What often goes unnoticed are the contributions of the public works department and emergency services providers who must be on call during the busy weekend. The week prior to WaunaFest, I noticed two Village of Waunakee vehicles hauling picnic tables to the festival grounds, and I’m sure there were plenty more.

The WaunaFest grounds committee and Chamber of Commerce members also devote considerable time and effort setting up the festival, with fencing, Port-O-Potties, tents, stages and food stands to put up. It’s a big party and only with many hands does it become light work.

The WaunaFest committee can always use more volunteers, and certainly, so can Waunakee area service clubs. The community is lucky to have a number of these to join wherein members make new friends and give back to their hometown.

For a complete listing of these service clubs, visit the Waunakee Area Chamber of Commerce’s website at Waunakeechamber.org.

And if you enjoy festivals like WaunaFest, WaunaBoom or Wauktoberfest, check out their websites to see how you can help out, too.

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