Lincoln Art & Balloon Festival in serious need of volunteers
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[August 11, 2012]
The Lincoln Art & Balloon Festival is
all about people -- and volunteers. The annual festival is coming up
the weekend of Aug. 24, 25 and 26. The signature event will have the
entire city hopping with activity, from downtown Lincoln to the
Postville Courthouse to the Logan County Airport. Balloon launches,
amusement rides, flea markets, great food, barbecue, art and more
make Lincoln the place to be in all of central Illinois the last
weekend of the month.
But it takes more than great activities to make the weekend
memorable for all who attend; it also takes volunteers -- hundreds
of them -- to make sure the weekend goes smoothly for all the guests
who visit Lincoln.
Andi Hake, executive director of the
Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce, said there is concern with
the current rate volunteers are signing up to help.
"If we were scheduled to have the Art & Balloon Festival today,
we wouldn't be able to have it," she said. "We are that short of
volunteers." Hake said at least 200 more volunteers are needed in
all types of capacities that weekend.
She also pointed out that a volunteer doesn't have to give up the
opportunity to enjoy all the events with their family and friends.
Shifts in the morning, afternoon and evening on various days allow
Logan County residents to help but still be able to personally enjoy
the fun during the long weekend. There are also positions open for
coordinators, who are essential to the smooth running of the
festival. Weekend wristbands are given to each volunteer, and the
week of the event there is a party for all the volunteers.
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Anyone interested in finding out more about being a volunteer can
call the chamber office at 217-735-2385 or go to the chamber website
(To sign up,
[Text from file received from
the Lincoln/Logan County
Chamber of Commerce]