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With so many volunteers on the grounds prior to the show, someone needs to feed them. Linda Warner, EAA 1258184 and chairman of the Volunteer Kitchen, has been helping to do that for the past 23 years.
“Being the chairman of the Volunteer Kitchen, my main responsibility is keeping the volunteers happy and feeding them good, balanced, and healthy food,” she said. “There’s probably 2,000 people that come early to set up things. They only get a half an hour for lunch or breakfast. We serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They would be having to go home, prepare their food, so it’s better for them to come in here and have us take care of them as a thank-you for their volunteer service.”
As to why she keeps coming back to volunteer and work long hours in a hot kitchen in the middle of the summer, that’s an easy answer for Linda.
“The camaraderie,” she said. “The friends that we’ve made. We’ve made a lot, and we’ve lost a lot. Every year we’ve made new ones. We’re at the point now where we’re watching the people and they’re all getting older, as we are. It’s good to see the younger people coming in.”