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Harborfest Sets Volunteer Training Dates

<br />Harborfest Volunteers, Ned and Gail Goebricher, display some 50-50 tickets as they work an information booth during Harborfest 2008.  Harborfest has scheduled Volunteer Orientation sessions for July 14th, 16, and 21st for those wishing to volunteer for this year’s Harborfest.  For more information on becoming a Harborfest volunteer contact the Harborfest office at 343-6858.
Harborfest Volunteers, Ned and Gail Goebricher, display some 50-50 tickets as they work an information booth during Harborfest 2008. Harborfest has scheduled Volunteer Orientation sessions for July 14th, 16, and 21st for those wishing to volunteer for this year’s Harborfest. For more information on becoming a Harborfest volunteer contact the Harborfest office at 343-6858.

Oswego, NY – Executive Director of Harborfest, Tom Van Schaack has announced that the dates have been set for Harborfest’s annual Volunteer Orientation. Volunteer orientations will be held at the McCrobie Building Ballroom on Lake Street in Oswego on July 14th, 16th, and 21st from 5 to 7 p.m. Volunteers are required to attend whichever date is convenient for them.

The orientations will provide volunteers with all the information they need to know to successfully handle their volunteer duties. Members of Harborfest’s Volunteer Committee will be on hand to offer complete training on the 50/50 raffle, trolley operation, handling merchandise, and working an information booth. Volunteers will leave the orientation with a thorough knowledge of Harborfest 2009.

At the orientation volunteers will also receive their official Harborfest volunteer t-shirt, courtesy of Pathfinder Bank, a complimentary Harborfest Trolley Pin, and their official Harborfest volunteer pin. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to meet other volunteers and receive answers to any questions they may have regarding their duties and responsibilities as a Harborfest volunteer.

“We highly value each and everyone of our volunteers,” said Van Schaack. “It takes approximately 600 volunteers to help us prepare and staff our venues. We appreciate their efforts and do as much as we can to see to it that they have a memorable experience and look forward to volunteering again next year.”

Van Schaack added that Harborfest is still accepting applications for volunteers of many ages and that those who have not already signed up to volunteer, but may be considering doing so, are urged to attend one of the Volunteer Orientations and learn more about the fun and excitement of being a Harborfest volunteer.

Harborfest will also host a special Volunteer Appreciation Picnic for all volunteers on Sunday, July 19th from 12 to 3 p.m. at the McCrobie Building on Lake Street in Oswego. Garafolo’s and Cakes Galore and More are providing food and refreshments for the Volunteer Appreciation Picnic. Those interested in becoming a volunteer are also welcome to attend as volunteer applications will be available at the event.

For more information on Harborfest’s Volunteer Orientations, or on becoming a Harborfest volunteer, you may contact the Harborfest offices at 315-343-6858 or visit the Harborfest website at www.oswegoharborfest.com to download an application.

Slated for July 23rd – 26th, the 2009 edition of Harborfest will feature plenty of food, fun and entertainment as venues on both Oswego’s east and west sides will be used to deliver the excitement. A wide variety of entertainment will be featured on stages throughout the city of Oswego including, the Family / Children’s stage at Fort Ontario, the Veteran’s Stage at River Walk West, and the NRG Lakeview Stage in Breitbeck Park. On Saturday night, July 25th the Entergy Nuclear Fireworks Spectacular will blast off at 9:30pm. Visit the Harborfest website at www.oswegoharborfest.com for the latest information regarding transportation options and performance schedules.