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Becky Frank honored as Volunteer of the Year

Reporter for The Canyon Weekly

By Stephen Floyd

Sublimity Harvest Festival’s Becky Frank has been honored as the 2021 Volunteer of the Year by Oregon Festivals and Events Association (OFEA) for her unrelenting dedication to the event.

Frank, who serves as secretary and treasurer of the board, and is informally the manager of the festival site, was announced as the winner Feb. 28 as part of OFEA’s annual Ovation! Awards. 

Festival organizers nominated Frank for her support regardless of how big or small the task, and regardless of the time of year.

“Since she was a kid, she has dedicated almost all of her free time and energy to the event and cause,” said the festival’s nomination statement to OFEA, which said Frank “practically lives” at the event venue.

Frank’s responsibilities, sometimes official, sometimes self-appointed, have included weeding, mowing and other odd jobs, working with venue renters, keeping the festival board organized and on task, supporting volunteers, coordinating live music, overseeing beer sales, and organizing the annual sponsor’s dinner. This is on top of volunteering for other community events like Relay for Life and school functions.

“If Jerry Lauzon is Mr. Oktoberfest, then Beck Frank is certainly Miss Sublimity Harvest Fest,” according to the nomination statement.

Scott Ingalls, chair of OFEA and Harvest Festival promoter, described Frank as “the glue that keeps everyone on track. 

“She is easily on the top of statewide recognized volunteers,” said Ingalls.

The 2022 Sublimity Harvest Festival is scheduled for Sept. 9-11.
Interested volunteers can apply at sublimityharvestfest.com.

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