Conway EcoFest has thrived and grown in the past four years, said director Debbie Plopper, but it is time for a new team of leadership.
Plopper, retired city recycling special projects coordinator and founder of EcoFest, has said she will take a step back from primary leadership, though she still hopes to be involved.
She said the festival, which offers learning and activities connecting peoples’ lives with the environment, needs a “full team” and a director.
“If we can get more people stepping up to the plate and being on the committees, one director can do this. We can put on a better, more effective event if we have volunteers stepping up. That takes leadership, even if you’re not at the helm,” Plopper said.
EcoFest will go on, she said, but with new drive and fresh ideas.
“It’s a lot of work, and we’re going to be looking at developing the board more as well as the steering committee for events,” Plopper said. “I think we need fresh ideas to bring in and give everyone new energy.”
Though the event is a lot of work, Plopper said it is rewarding.
“It’s a fun event to be a part of. There is a large amount of work, but none of us would be sticking around if it wasn’t for a great purpose and a fun event. There’s a lot of excitement being a part of this,” she said.
The non-profit is in its fifth year of hosting the festival at Laurel Park in Conway.
Plopper said the idea came about after she began leading tours with school-age children at Conway’s impressive recycling facility.
“My love for children and science museums, along with the work in the city with environmental education. We had to make it interesting and show people how important this is in their lives,” said Plopper. “I feel like we’re doing a good job teaching and moving EcoFest forward.”
Interim event director this year is Ashley Spurr, a student.
The director position could potentially come with pay down the road, Plopper said.
“This could turn into something down the road that would be a full-time position because there’s so much growth and potential with this event,” she said.
The leadership team and director position are subject to change, Plopper added, and the leadership behind EcoFest is an evolving model.
To become involved with driving the event, contact Plopper at 501-472-0901, or visit www.conwayecofest.com.
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