The Heritage of Hope board has announced the theme for the fifty-third annual Hope Heritage Days to be held September 24, 25 and 26: "A Year of Hope 2020 - 2021"  The event organizers feel this theme is appropriate as we emerge froim a year of COVID related fear, closure, and quarantine.  The 2020 celebration was cancelled due to the COVID-19 restrictions.

Several Heritage of Hope board members announced their intent to retire last year.  New board recruits have started training and are helping with planning and organization of the 2021 festival.  Outgoing CEO Michael Dean will be replaced by Jake Miller.  Outgoing President of Festival and Bandstand Randy Sims will be replaced by Chad Miller.  Matt Lee will take over the Vice President of Festival and Bandstand position vacated by Chuck Caldwell.  The position of treasurer vacated by Michelle Clark will be filled by Jessica Brown.  Jenni Richards will serve as secretary after Mary Bragg retired.  Richards will also be handling the food booths after Tonya Sims retired.  The board is still seeking a replacement for the flea market committee chair Tina Dean. 

When asked what he chose to become CEO Jake Miller replied,  "Growing up Heritage Days was something I looked forward to every year.  As an adult I found myself still coming year after year to enjoy the food, music, and connecting with friends, old and new.  Heritage Days is Hope; it's what our community s all about.  It highlights the heritage of our past while supporting organizations of today as they are helping to mold the community for future generations.  All these reasons are why I chose to be involved with the Heritage of Hope board.  I want to continue the work of making Heritage Days a success for many generations to come, and put Hope on the map and a destination people can't wait to visit."