By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia
The City of Lavonia is being honored by the State once again for its Main Street Program.
Recently, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs’ Office of Downtown Development awarded Lavonia for having the greatest volunteer support among Main Street programs across the state.
Lavonia Downtown Development Authority Executive Director Marie Morse said many of the events put on by the Main Street program in 2013 could not have happened without significant volunteer support.
“There are four different categories including, economic development, organization, promotions, and design,” said Lavonia Downtown Development Authority Executive Director Marie Morse. “The Lavonia Main Street program received, in the organization category, the Greatest Volunteer Support award. What this means that every event we had last year, and we did have a lot last year, that we had a volunteer source to turn to.”
She said there were a number of events where volunteers showed their support for the town, like last year’s Festival of Authors and Halloween Carnival.
“We partnered with the Friends of the Library, and also with the Ferst Foundation and they brought many volunteers to that event,” Morse said. “Even with our Halloween Carnival, we had to have a lot of businesses who volunteered their time to hand out candy. And even with the Christmas Festival, the Christmas Tree Lighting, and the Christmas parade, we actually had the Lavonia Garden Club who came to the Christmas Festival to hand out refreshments during the event.”
Other areas where volunteers came out to help with Main Street events included the Haunted House and the spring and fall festivals.
Lavonia’s Main Street program was started in 1997.