FAIRfest in need of volunteers
Organizers of FAIRfest, the three-day free music festival sponsored by KRUU, are seeking community volunteers to assist in a number of areas starting now and during the event.
Organizers said the festival is building great momentum on the heels of the lineup announcements made April 24. Los Lobos, Jackson Browne guitarist David Lindley, Charanga Tropical and MODOC are among the 40-plus acts to perform during the weekend of June 20-22.
FAIRfest 2013 was the inaugural event and this year has expanded to include a beverage garden and a third stage located in Central Park, in addition to the main stages at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center. Camping as a lodging option is also being offered this year.
Partnering with FAIRfest planners this year are the city of Fairfield, the Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce, the Fairfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Fairfield Economic Development Association, along with numerous commercial and retail sponsors.
FAIRfest volunteer organizers Erika Richards and Roland Wells said as the non-profit and free festival grows in scope and offerings, it becomes an economic development and tourism attraction for Fairfield, increasing the need for volunteers.
Richards said volunteering could include boots-on-the-ground projects now, and/or leading up to the event, as well as being a part of the event as it happens.
“We are reaching for a greater number of attendees this year and that’s going to require more of us as we seek to show Fairfield’s very best side to visitors,” she said.
Volunteer areas include: stage building and break down, loading of musician equipment, security, musician hospitality, beverage garden, sanitation, recycling/clean up, merchandising during the festival, camping organization and oversight, first aid, social media prior to and during the event, poster and flyer distribution, vendor support, and conducting surveys during the festival.
Richards said volunteers can be organized into teams of friends or co-workers, or individually and that categories are not mutually exclusive and could include some overlap.
“Groups can take on an entire category of need or individuals wishing to volunteer can take on as much or as little as they would like,” she said.
Richards said introductory meetings will be held to organize volunteers May 22 at 7:30 p.m. and May 24 at 2 p.m. at the convention center.
Those interested in registering to volunteer can visit www.fairfestiowa.com. They can contact Richards at 641-233-1755 or firstname.lastname@example.org.