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Dive in to be recognized as a Friend of the International Festival – The Globe

WORTHINGTON — Nobles County Finance Director Amy Dykstra will be recognized as a Friend of the Festival during the 30th annual International Festival this week.

For about 15 years, Dykstra has devoted her time to keeping the books for the festival, making sure that entertainers are paid and that all finances are organized.

She got involved in the festival by being in the right place at the right time.

“I was working at the Worthington Regional Economic Development Cooperation at the time and the festival committee was meeting there. They needed someone to do the accounting and I said I could do it,” Dykstra said.

Dykstra said when she found out she was the festival’s Friend of the Year, she was nervous but excited.

“I don’t like to be up in front of people, that’s why I stick to the numbers. I’m more behind the scenes,” she said.

Nervousness aside, Dykstra said she’s honored to be a part of the celebration. Her favorite part of the festival weekend is probably what many others agree on: the food.

“The food vendors are my favorite part,” she said with a laugh. “You have to get them in.”

Hope Moural is the Globe’s community editor starting in May 2024. Born and raised in Nebraska, Hope holds a dual bachelor’s degree in journalism and communications from Concordia University, Nebraska, and previously worked as a general assignment reporter.

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