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Dear Editor:

It was with mixed emotions that I recently announced my (and my husband Ron’s) retirement from the Festival of Flavors event.

The Eagle River Revitalization Program has produced this event for the past five years, with planning  starting seven years ago as we visited cheesemakers across Wisconsin.

Stepping aside from leading the festival committee causes me to reflect on all the great things the Eagle River Revitalization Program (ERRP) and the Festival of Flavors has accomplished in that short time.

As a board member of the ERRP and an Eagle River business person, I’ve seen so many improvements to the downtown area, especially to Riverview Park — the focus of Festival of Flavors. This includes park signage, repairs to the shelter building, painting the bandshell, and the joint effort of ERRP, the city of Eagle River and many community organizations in constructing the new restroom building.

Along the way, the Festival of Flavors has called attention to the park’s needs and increased use of this beautiful, historic green space. My thanks goes out to volunteers, our festival committee and the ERRP board of directors for all the countless hours of work, promotion and support of the event.

The city of Eagle River, Department of Public Works and Eagle River Light & Water also has provided plenty of help.

Personally, it has been so gratifying to develop the connections needed to produce this celebration of Wisconsin foods, with so many state agencies, producers, area restaurants and the fine folks who attended and lauded our efforts to put Eagle River foremost in the minds of visitors to the area.

Recognition also goes out to the many sponsors and supporters of the Festival of Flavors, without whom the event could not have happened. Most of all I thank my partner in life and in business, Ron, who has supported me during the long hours of planning, volunteering and working at the Festival of Flavors.

For me, it was a passion and a labor of love that I will never regret being part of.

Cindy Meinholz

Eagle River

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 12:50 PM

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