Woodbury Days Council elects new president

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The Woodbury Days Council and volunteers will celebrate the annual event's fourth decade next summer with a new leader at its helm.

The council elected Kati Cheney, the group's former vice president, to replace Theresa Janechek.

After more than 20 years as council president, Janechek stepped down in August but agreed to offer her guidance to the event's new leaders.

The planning process for the 2018 event will start later this week.

Cheney said she'll draw inspiration from Janechek, whom she said "lives and breaths Woodbury."

"Woodbury Days is part of Theresa, and I'm just trying to follow in those footsteps," Cheney said. "I have young children in this community, I work in this community, so I, too, have a lot of care and passion for the people here."

A seven-year Woodbury resident, Cheney assumed her role as vice president in 2015, when her daughter was crowned Little Miss Woodbury Princess.

Cheney said she and her husband, who'd previously served on the council, enjoyed the opportunity to meet new people who share their investments in the community.

"You end up making lasting friendships — they're not just people you're working with," Cheney said. "It's really fun to get to know all the families within the Woodbury Days council and just working together to make this event, not only for our families but the community."

The future of the event, Cheney said, will likely include some adjustments and additions.

Ojibway Park, where the event takes place each year, is scheduled to undergo renovations over the next few years, which could mean re-inventing the festival's layout.

But Cheney said other surprises are in store to "add some flair" to next summer's Woodbury Days.

As coordination for next summer's event kicks off, Cheney said Woodbury Days offers volunteer opportunities for residents of all ages and capabilities. Needed skills, she said, range from manual labor to data entry.

The Council currently enlists about five people, but Cheney said more volunteers are welcome to contribute to organization.

Volunteers for the event itself can assist with tasks like greeting, manning the petting zoo, setup and teardown.

"I don't think that we have a shortage like they were in fear of in the years past, but we will always welcome any individuals or families," Cheney said. "It's great to see a family get involved."