Press Editorial

September 18, 2012

By Staff

Salmon Days still needs volunteers

To most of us, The Salmon Days Festival is a fun-filled weekend of fair food, live entertainment and early holiday shopping. But the orchestration of preparing a city for 150,000 weekend guests is almost incomprehensible.

The annual Salmon Days volunteer party held a week ago was a celebration for the festival committee as more than 250 people signed up to help during the Oct. 6-7 festival.

But that’s only about half of what’s needed. Without more people stepping forward soon, the festival could be scrambling.

If you aren’t available to help during the weekend, a couple of committees need help two or three days prior. One is the new XStream Team, responsible for set-up and take-down and all that implies. The parking crew also gets an early start, primarily setting up signs for designated parking or no parking.

If you like little kids, the Field of Fun is for you. Help kids make sock(eye) puppets or the ever-popular colorful fish prints.

If grown-ups are more your style, consider helping with retail sales of T-shirts and souvenirs, or answering questions at an information booth. The hospitality team also needs runners to take water to entertainers and others throughout the day.

Committee Chairwoman Eileen Barber says volunteers are also needed to be survey takers (ask visitors a few quick questions) and helpers at the shuttle bus stops (take money, stamp hands.)

Being a Salmon Days volunteer is more fun than just strolling the streets amid the crowds — really! But, wait, you also get a free Salmon Days T-shirt, designed just for volunteers!

It’s easy to volunteer — go to or call 392-0661.

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