AMESBURY — The 121st annual Amesbury Days will be here before people know it, but the chairman of the nonprofit organization that runs the event would like to see a few changes in personnel.

The annual celebration of all things Amesbury is organized by Amesbury Days Inc., not the city.

Gould Insurance owner Matt Sherrill has been the chairman of the Amesbury Days board of directors for more than seven years and said he would like to move on.

“It’s time to infuse some new blood and a new direction into Amesbury Days,” Sherrill said. “I think it’s also time get some new thoughts and some new programming.”

The Amesbury Days board has three members, one of whom, former Mayor David Hildt, no longer lives in the city.

“David lives in the western part of the state,” Sherrill said. “So we are looking at restructuring. There are a lot of people who have moved into Amesbury and seem to want to get involved. I’ve worked hard to tie up any loose ends. All of the tax returns have been filed and we are up to date with the Secretary of State’s Office.”

Amesbury Days organizer Eli Balin does not serve on the board but is expected to direct the weeklong event this year for the third time. 

“Eli is doing a great job. It seems like he has got this under control,” Sherrill said. “Because all of the paperwork is where it needs to be at this point, I think it is a good time to get some new people and some new thoughts and some new programming into Amesbury Days.”

Balin thanked Sherrill for all of his help and put the call out for volunteers. 

“Matt has been great to work with,” Balin said. “If people step forward, that would be great.”

Sherrill said he would like to relinquish his seat on the board this year. Anyone interested in joining the board can contact him at or 978-388-2354.

“Maybe, we can make it a bigger and better celebration,” Sherrill said.

“If you have some enthusiasm at the top, it usually filters down to all of the volunteers who make it happen. So let’s get some new people in who have some fresh ideas and some enthusiasm and maybe take Amesbury Days to a higher level. I would love to see that happen.”

Staff writer Jim Sullivan covers Amesbury and Salisbury for The Daily News. He can be reached via email at or by phone at 978-961-3145. Follow him on Twitter @ndnsully.

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