Arts Festival is recruiting volunteers
When the 47th Park City Kimball Arts Festival opens on Friday, Aug. 12, Volunteer Coordinator Samantha Greer hopes to have at least 400 people ready to help with all kinds of things.
“That’s only if some of those volunteers can volunteer for two or more shifts,” Greet told The Park Record. “We have close to 700 shifts that we need to fill and we’ve only 300 shifts filled.”
Many volunteers are needed in the children’s area with face painting and a new photo booth project that involves instant cameras, according to Greer.
“We also need help in our beer garden, and we offer TIPS alcohol training for those volunteers because you need to be TIPS certified to serve beer,” she said. “We also need help in the concession stand, which doesn’t serve alcohol.”
A number of shifts include delivering food and drink to the artists, and welcoming guests at the entry gates.
“The entry gates are our largest need,” Greer said. “That’s where people buy tickets, get wristbands, receive programs and enter the festival.”
People can also sign up to help with set up and take down.
“The set up takes place Friday morning and volunteers help the artists set up the booths before the festival starts at 5 p.m. that evening,” Greer said.
Take down is Sunday evening after the festival is over.
“Volunteers help the artists, who are usually very tired because they spent three days with us, take down the booths and get them on their way,” Greer said.
Volunteer shifts range anywhere from three to four hours.
“It depends on the areas,” Greer explained. “The shifts are a little longer in the children’s area because we have an influx of kids at different times of day.”
All volunteers will get a festival T-shirt and access to the volunteer lounge with free lunch and refreshments — sandwich, chips., drinks and all the snacks they want, according to Greer.
“Volunteers also get a weekend access pass, so they can come back to the festival after they have volunteered,” she said. “In addition, they get an extra wrist band so they can bring a friend or family member back with them. The last thing they get is a goody bag that is filled with swag from our sponsors.”
Greer said those who take on two or more shifts receive another special benefit.
“They can enter an opportunity drawing for a number of gift cards,” she said. “We do have some amazing volunteers who do up to five or seven shifts.”
Salt Lake resident James Tensley, a retired railroad conductor, is one of those whom Greer calls “amazing.”
Tensley, who moved to Utah from California in 1984, is looking forward to serving at his fourth Park City Kimball Arts Festival.
“I’ve participated as a patron to the arts festival years ago and some friends suggested that I should volunteer,” Tensley said during a Park Record interview. ” I am a full-time volunteer and in previous festivals have worked all three days.”
In addition to the arts festival, Tensley has volunteered at the 2002 Winter Olympics and the Children’s Center in Salt Lake City.
“I’m also a volunteer usher for Salt Lake County at Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, Abravanel Hall and the Capitol Theatre,” he said.
Tensley is also TIPS trained, meaning he can also bartend.
“I’m to work in the arts festival beer garden, which is over near the stage,” he said. “That gives me a chance to meet and greet individuals who come over for a drink while they are listening to the music.”
Tensley is also a self-proclaimed “quasi-magician.”
“I like to entertain the patrons and that is so much fun because I consider myself a people person,” he said.
Tensley likes to work either a morning or evening shift, so he can explore the arts festival.
“I like to go around and see the different exhibitors and their wares, which are wonderful,” he said. “I have noticed a change as far as participation. Last year there was a total of 56,000 patrons who came to visit the event. It’s one of the more popular festivals in the area.”
Still, when it’s all said and done, Tensley just loves to help out.
“I enjoy it because it’s really a lot of fun and helps me give back to the community,” he said.
While there is no age limit when it comes to adult volunteers, Greer said the youngest volunteers are required to be least 12 years old.
“We encourage those young volunteers to work in the kids or concessions area.,” she said.
Also, there are volunteer shifts available for people of all abilities.
“We will find places for volunteers who need to be seated or out of the heat,” she said.
Greer would like all volunteers to be signed up by Wednesday, Aug. 10.
“However, if volunteers call me after that, it will be fine, but I would really prefer for things to be put into place by Thursday,” she said.
The easiest way to sing up is to visit parkcitykimballartsfestival.org/volunteer.
“That has all of the job descriptions and requirements and a button you can click to sign up with,” she said.
Otherwise potential volunteers can call Greer at 435-649-8882 ex. 102.
For more information about the 47th Park City Kimball Arts Festival and volunteering, visit http://www.parkcitykimballartsfestival.org.
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