The year 1992 seems like a lifetime ago, but 1992 was the year when Wendy Corrick first became involved with Fairbridge Festival. Wendy had an involvement with the festival, for an astonishing 16 years as, festival manager up until 2008. She placed massive importance in having a strong children’s program.
A special moment for Wendy was experiencing the festival vibes with her husband and three children. The family-friendly element is special for Wendy, as she loves the idea that twenty-five years later these young children are now taking their young children to Fairbridge Festival. Wendy has a strong belief that the family-friendly element is the single most significant factor in the festival’s continued success.
With Wendy’s long involvement with the festival comes a very long and detailed list of unforgettable memories. Some of her happiest memories include: seeing a full car park of day visitors; the dirt track leading into the village before it was bituminised; seeing a smile on the treasurer’s face at midnight after the day’s count; carrying home bags and bags of performer applications from the mail box; trying to sort out blocked toilets year after year; listening to 40 messages on the answering machine after the festival weekend; and opening the first programme book from the printer.
Wendy has been a part of this incredible festival from the beginning, helping it stand up and walk, and now it is running with a personality of its own. She worked as a volunteer for 17 years for an event that gave her so much back in return. She learnt how community organisations work and how to work with funding bodies and volunteers.
From this experience, she has taken away a love for community work. And providing the means for hundreds of artisans from all walks of life, from all around the world to come together for a weekend of music, craft and friendship.
Occasionally, in our lives we meet extraordinary people and through Fairbridge Festival, she has met many, many of whom, she is fortunate to now call friends.