Harborfest Volunteer Recruitment Effort Underway

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Harborfest is actively recruiting volunteers for the 2008 installment of the festival. There is currently a wide range of options and locations for those interested in participating. Volunteering for Harborfest is great way to meet new people and make a vital contribution to the community. Each volunteer plays an intricate role in ensuring the success of the festival each year. According to the festivals volunteer coordinator Chrystal Hoyt, “It takes more than 600 volunteers to help make Harborfest happen. Volunteers are needed for all Harborfest venues, functions and times to provide information to visitors about the event, serve as trolley hosts, answer the phones, set up the parks, staff memorabilia booths, sell 50/50 tickets and carry out many other tasks that help make the festival happen.”

To compliment the intangible benefits associated with volunteering Harborfest is also providing volunteers the chance to win prizes. Harborfest business member Murdock’s Bicycles and Sports is generously donating a new bicycle for a raffle that will be exclusively offered to volunteers. To show their continued appreciation for volunteer efforts Harborfest will submit each volunteers name into the drawing for each shift they work. Immediately following the festival the volunteer committee will select a name at random from the drawing and announce the winner. The 2007 Harborfest bike raffle winner Katherine Clemens has been volunteering for over ten years and especially enjoys the various performances because it gives her the chance to, “dance with my red hat on.” When asked for a comment on her past experiences with the festival she said, “I love volunteering for Harborfest so much that if I had to I’d ride my bike all the way from Sterling to get to the festival!”

Harborfest invites all individuals interested in volunteering to submit an application as soon as possible; positions are assigned on a first come-first serve basis. Training sessions are scheduled for July 15, 17, and 22 from 5pm-7pm at the McCrobie Civic Center on Lake Street. To properly prepare for the festival volunteers must attend one of the training sessions. For more information on volunteering contact Chrystal Hoyt at the Harborfest offices by calling 343-6858 or stop by the Volunteer Center in the McCrobie building at 41 Lake Street in Oswego.

Slated for July 24th – 27th, the 2008 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 diverse variety of entertainment will be featured on stages throughout the city of Oswego including, the NRG Family Stage at East Park, the Budweiser Rock Stage on East Second Street, and the Labatt Lakeview Stage in Breitbeck Park. With the Route 104 Bridge closed for repair this summer, be sure to plan accordingly so that you don’t miss the events you want to see. The Utica Street Bridge will be open as will the pedestrian walking bridge located just north of Utica Street. Visit the Harborfest website at www.oswegoharborfest.com for the latest information regarding transportation options and performance schedules.

From left to right in back: Ben Turner of Murdock’s Bikes and Sports, Tonya Crisafulli from PathFinder Bank; in front: Paul Santore, Harborfest Board Member, Kathy Clemens, Harborfest Volunteer; Chrystal Hoyt, Harborfest Volunteer Coordinator)