I want to express the great appreciation the officers and members of the Busti Historical Society have for the many friends, organizations, and businesses that contributed to what may have been the most successful Apple Harvest Festival ever and to the people who attended and supported our event.
Although last year we had the main part of the mill machinery operating, this was the first year we had the entire complex running and producing product throughout the festival. All three floors of the mill were open and operating.
Ever since the Society formed in 1972 and adopted the goal first put forth three years earlier by the Busti Shamrocks 4-H Club, we have worked and looked forward to the time when we could pass this heritage on to the public and following generations.
Community volunteers and personal friends and of course members pitched in for the month previous to the Festival to transfer our larger artifacts and displays to our new building, set them up as exhibits, and apportion space for an expanded array of educational demonstrators. This was an enormous task. But thousands of people streamed through the new building and were greeted not with a shell, but a vibrant center of activity both in the building and in the newly available land surrounding it.
Our thanks go out to the Busti Volunteer Fire Department members for the use of their grounds and their work in handling traffic, parking, and admissions; the Lakewood Kiwanis and Mount Moriah Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons who most generously and unselfishly help us year after year in ways we need most. The Kiwanis was assisted by young Key Club members. We thank the Town of Busti board and police departments both for their co-operation with traffic, road use, and regulations, and furnishing personnel to sell cider on the grounds. RSVP volunteers helped us with a new program this year and Chautauqua Community Foundation helped with raffle ticket sales.
Thanks also to The Post-Journal and other local media from Dunkirk to Warren, print and radio for covering the festival and preparations. Jim Roselle and Dennis Webster of WJTN were particularly supportive.
Our meetings are always open to the public and membership is available to all.
We are planning a fall trip to Lanterman's Mill in Ohio, continued restoration of the miller's house, and of course another Apple Festival the last Sunday of next September.
Norman Carlson is publicity chairman for the Busti Historical Society.