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How the High School Parking $ is Shared

August 1, 2014
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Blueberry_Round-Color-Logo08/04/14 The long days that the Moose Lodge volunteers spend operating the trams during the annual Marshall County Blueberry Festival means a significant source of income for the organization. The four-day festival is held over the Labor Day weekend in Plymouth.
Moose Lodge volunteers take four-hour shifts working on the trams-covered flatbeds with seating and handicap accessibility- that carry festival-goers to and from the official parking at Plymouth High School to the festival located in Centennial Park. There are two routes with one being in the middle of the festival along Randolph St. and the other from Baker Street to Klinger St. to the front of Jefferson Elementary School. Trams do not run on Sunday mornings due to the parade lineup.
The Blueberry Festival Committee designates the parking at the PHS paved parking lots and grassy areas as official parking. Volunteers from different clubs at the school are then given free tram passes to hand out for those paying to park.
According to Tom Williams, Moose Lodge administrator, some 60-70 volunteers are needed to man the trams and that number could increase. He said, “The time for the trams running is going from 9:00 P.M. until 10:30 P.M.”
According to Williams, the tractors used to pull the trams are provided by Gilsinger’s John Deere Dealership and the fuel is provided by the Marshall County Co-op, Inc.
The profit from the parking is then divided among the PHS clubs participating (50 percent), the Blueberry Festival (30 percent) and the Moose Lodge (20 percent). Last year, parking brought in $40,364.
The PHS clubs work varying shifts and the proceeds are primarily divided up according to the number of shifts worked. In 2013, the following PHS received a percentage of the parking proceeds: Speech and Debate Team; Broadcasting; Theater Department; Band; Choir; Orchestra,\; Spanish Club; ASS (foreign exchange students); and the Portuguese Club. Speech Team students from Lincoln Junior High also helped and received a percentage. According to Blueberry Festival office figures, over the past 21 years, official parking during the festival has brought in $525,000.
Although there has not been any decision by the Blueberry Festival to move to a new location after this year’s event, Williams feels the Moose Lodge would still want to be provide volunteers and participation. Williams said, “It is a large fundraiser. I suspect the Moose would still want to be involved.”
Carol Anders Correspondent

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3 Responses to “ How the High School Parking $ is Shared ”

  1. sbmear on August 28, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Can someone please explain to me …HOW or WHY the school corporation would have made a deal to give away part of the parking ? It is the schools property and it should not have been involved with the Blueberry festival or the moose. The trams would still run and the bbf would still go on!!!

  2. shilliard on August 4, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    I would like to make a correction in this article. It’s stated by Mr. Williams that “the fuel is provided by the Marshall County Co-op, Inc.” The fuel is actually provided by North Central Co-op. Fuel produced by CountryMark using crude oil from the grounds of Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. Refined in Mount Vernon, Indiana and piped through the CountryMark pipeline to their terminal in Peru, IN. It’s All-American fuel.

  3. sbmear on August 4, 2014 at 12:30 am

    If the BBF moved to Argos…for instance, which school then would volunteer and receive the monetary help from the parking? Surely Argos would want that as part of their deal, so again PHS would lose that help for the kids.

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