CVB searching for new fiscal agent for Dam Festival

2013 will be the event’s 10th anniversary

By Tina SnellStaff Writer

The Little Falls Dam Festival, celebrating 10 years this year, is searching for a few good people, or a non-profit organization, to take over the fiscal responsibilities of the event.

“The Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (CVB) in Little Falls has been the fiscal agent and very involved as a sub-committee for the Dam Festival since it started,” said Kristina VonBerge, the CVB’s executive director. “The office staff here and a group of 400 volunteers have worked hard each year to make this a great summer event. We don’t want to see it end.”

The CVB’s Board of Directors began looking at the organization’s mission statement and how the staff uses their time.

“The purpose of the CVB is to bring outside tourists to Little Falls and Morrison County. The Dam Festival is marketed as primarily a local event,” said Melissa Peterson, a member of the CVB’s Board. “The CVB’s limited staff hours are being drained for the Dam Festival and those hours need to be used elsewhere.”

Peterson said VonBerge has big ideas and that the Board wants her to concentrate on the CVB and its duties.

While VonBerge and Peterson agreed that the Dam Festival is a great event and that they don’t want it to disappear, they do need to find another entity to run it each year.

“What we are looking for is a non-profit organization with a 501(c)3 or 501(c)6 designation that is willing to continue the event,” said Peterson. “We would like to see the Dam Festival grow and be even more family-friendly than it already is.”

Peterson said areas of growth can include children’s activities, family activities and promoting a healthy community.

“The CVB will continue to be in charge for 2013, but would like to turn over the reins for 2014,” said VonBerge. “The groundwork is in place and it’s already a very successfully marketed event. We have profit and loss statements in place for any serious organization wanting to see the Dam Festival grow.”

Who or whatever takes over the reins would have all administrative responsibilities, be in charge of the licensing for gambling, approve contracts for the entertainment, monitor activities of the various committees and be in charge of the checkbook, receipts and accounts payable.

There are monthly meetings with the planners and the fundraising begins in November for the following summer.

This new fiscal agent doesn’t have to be an organization, but may be a group of citizens who are passionate about the Dam Festival and who are willing to become a non-profit entity.

For more information, or to schedule a meeting with the Board, contact Kristina VonBerge at the CVB in Little Falls at (320) 616-4959.