Earle Brown Days board talks 2013 festival

Griffin Glynn, 2 and a half, of Brooklyn Center meets a Llama at the petting zoo during Earle Brown Days at Centennial Park June 23. The petting zoo is one of the most popular events during the festival. (File photo by Katy Zillmer – Sun Newspapers)

Griffin Glynn, of Brooklyn Center, meets a Llama at the petting zoo during Earle Brown Days at Centennial Park June 23. The petting zoo is one of the most popular events during the festival. (File photo by Katy Zillmer – Sun Newspapers)

The next Earle Brown Days in Brooklyn Center is about nine months away, but planning for the festival is ongoing. The festival’s board of directors met last week for its annual meeting to review the festival budget and line-up for the activities in June 2013.

There was some discussion about whether events that had a low attendance this summer should continue, but Sue LaCrosse, program supervisor for community activities in the recreation and services department, said the tentative plan is for the 2013 festival to continue with the same agenda. The board of directors will start their fundraising efforts and the events will continue as planned if there is the financial support.

The budget reserves for Earle Brown Days are $9,361, LaCrosse said. The starting balance was $13,999 in June, she said.

“The philosophy of the fund-raising committee is (it) only asks businesses and civic organizations for what we need,” LaCrosse said.

For example, the petting zoo added to Earle Brown Days two or three years ago was more popular than anticipated and the board will continue to seek financial support to have it as part of the festival, she said. “Everything costs money, and you have to look (at) the most you can get for it,” LaCrosse said. “When you look at the petting zoo, that’s something we know we have to continue.”

The board will meet again in January and after that if needed.

Earle Brown Days is scheduled for June 27-29, 2013.

Phil Cohen, who serves on the board and fund-raising committee, said some activities during Earle Brown Days never change as far as popularity, such as the Family Fun and Games. The games include a shoe kick contest and penny toss, which date back to Cohen’s childhood, he said. Those events continue to have a high attendance at Earle Brown Days, he said.

But, the event organizers will always try to accommodate change in the community’s interests.

“If we can add to it to bring people in, we’re sure going to try to do it with our resources,” Cohen said.

Even though the festival is still months away, LaCrosse said the board is always seeking volunteers to help with planning activities and during the event in June.

Info: 763-569-3406 (Sue LaCrosse).

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