Twice a month, volunteers with the Knights of Columbus help out at the Granite Falls food shelf unloading and stocking food deliveries. According to volunteer Joan Johnson, the food shelf typically receives around 5,000 lbs of food each visit from a variety of sources. The food only lasts two weeks before another delivery is needed to restock the shelves.

On the morning of Monday August 1, the food truck pulled into the alley behind the food shelf like usual. But among the dozen or so volunteers helping out were an unusual bunch -- this year’s Western Fest Princesses. Miss Western Fest Alyssa Formo, Princess Kaitlyn Ladwig and Junior Princess Mamie Luft all volunteered to help out their community. Volunteering is part of their responsibilities as Western Fest Royalty.