CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- As the 31st Symphony Sunday approaches, one of the biggest attractions wouldn't come off if it weren't for volunteers. That attraction would be the food, of course.
More than 130 volunteers and community donations make the food concessions one of the symphony's most profitable fundraisers, according to Helen Lodge, who's served as concession chairwoman for 28 years.
Open from 3 to 9 p.m. June 2, Bayer Symphony Sunday's food concession is a "community effort, it truly is," Lodge says.
Many of the volunteers are members of the West Virginia Symphony League, but surprisingly, Lodge said, many are not.
"They are just friends and people I meet along the way and they say, 'Oh, I'd like to help you next year.'"
Lodge said Symphony Sunday also could not happen without the community businesses that step up to donate money and volunteer their time.
One of the most popular booths, "An Ear for the Symphony," sells roasted corn. All the profits go directly back to the orchestra because everything from the corn to the labor is donated.
Jeb Corey, owner of C&H Taxi and a symphony board member, organizes his friends and family to spend the day roasting corn. His uncle, Bob Corey, owner of Corey Brothers Produce, donates the corn, and Foodland donates the liquid margarine.