Chamber seeks more volunteers to help with festival to ensure its
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[August 16, 2013]
The Lincoln/Logan County Chamber
of Commerce is again in serious need of individuals to sign up to
volunteer for the Lincoln Art & Balloon Festival. To have a
successful event, the chamber needs approximately 200 more spots
filled. Not all of these spots equate to individual people, however.
Often people will sign up to work multiple shifts in a row or
throughout the weekend, which is always appreciated.
"If the festival were tomorrow, we would have a great difficulty in
providing a safe and positive experience for the guests to the
event," said Andi Hake, executive director of the chamber of
commerce. "This poor experience would be not only a poor reflection
on the Lincoln Art & Balloon Festival, but also our community."
After the 2012 festival, the chamber restructured the volunteer
shifts to need less people to cover certain areas of the festival.
This effort has helped because most of those volunteer spots have
However, there are three crucial areas that could not be changed
because of the nature of the jobs that these individuals do. One of
those areas is parking direction, which is important for safety
because these people help keep order for the parking of thousands of
vehicles on Friday and Saturday. Another vital area is admissions at
the airport. These individuals also serve as another layer of safety
as they help with manning the main gates that help manage traffic
The last crucial area is more about a positive experience for the
guests and a positive experience with the chamber's partners; the
city and the county. These positions are morning cleanup at the
airport, Latham and Scully parks. Cleanup is a vital volunteer
positive because it is important to the chamber that the festival
and all that it encompasses is a good steward for the community and
that the community is presented in a positive light. Being clean is
a large part of that positive image.
In years past, Lincoln Correctional Center was able to provide
female inmates to do morning cleanups for the festival, but because
of the changing of the prisons and all the overtime the staff
already has, that option is not available this year.
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The annual Lincoln Art & Balloon 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 much
more make Lincoln the place to be in all of central Illinois the
last full weekend of August.
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
Hake pointed out that volunteers don't have to give up their
opportunity to enjoy all the events with their family and friends.
Shifts in the morning, afternoon and evening on various days allow
people to help but still be able to enjoy the fun during the long
weekend. If the three kinds of jobs mentioned above are not
appealing to a volunteer, there are also other positions open.
Weekend wristbands are given to each volunteer, and the week of
the event there is a party for all the volunteers.
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
[Text from file received from
the Lincoln/Logan County
Chamber of Commerce]