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Volunteers needed for upcoming Arts Festival

A volunteer for the Park City Kimball Arts Festival fastens a wristband to a patron. Volunteers help the Park City Kimball Arts Festival run smoothly. (Park Record photo archives)
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The Park City Kimball Arts Festival is the biggest event the Kimball Art Center presents every year.

The event, which attracted more than 57,500 people last year, will be held this year from Friday, Aug. 2, through Sunday, Aug. 4.

Vendors from around the country will set up kiosks up and down Main Street and there will be an array of live music, theatrical performances, artist demonstrations, concessions and interactive arts and crafts.

Not surprisingly, a large contingency of volunteers is necessary to make sure things run smoothly, said Kristie Henderson, the KAC’s director of membership and volunteers.

"The Park City Kimball Arts Festival could not run without volunteers," Henderson said during an interview with The Park Record. "We offer 670 shifts that require about 450 people to fill, and that’s because people who volunteer are generally very generous with their time, and sign up for two, three and four shifts at a time, which is amazing."

There are currently 117 remaining shifts to be filled for this year’s festival.

"We have fun and creative stations like in the kids area where volunteers will be doing some face painting and things like that," Henderson said. "And we also need volunteers in the concession areas, although our beer garden is completely filled, which is no surprise."

The biggest need is at the entry gates on Sunday.

"Friday is filled and Saturday is mostly filled, but we have many volunteer opportunities open for Sunday afternoon and evening," Henderson said. "Volunteers should check in at the volunteer lounge in a space across the street from the KAC that was donated by Ken and Kitty Abdalla 15 minutes before their shifts start."

In the past, the KAC has asked people to volunteer for at least two shifts, but that has changed this year.

"We are asking for whatever they can do, because every little bit is helpful," Henderson said. "It’s a very social experience and really fun. In fact, 75 percent of the people who helped us last year are back this year."

Being a volunteer is not a thankless job, she said.

Volunteers get opportunities to relax in the volunteer lounge with lunch and refreshments, and receive a 2013 Art Festival T-shirt, a gift certificate for a massage at Knead a Massage, a weekend Festival Access pass and volunteer gift bags.

They can also attend a volunteer-appreciation party.

"The party will be held on Thursday, July 25, at 6 p.m. at the Kimball Art Center," Henderson said. "It’s not mandatory for all the volunteers to show up, but if they do, they will get dinner and drinks, and we will wait on you."

People interested in becoming a volunteer can visit http://www.kimballartcenter.org/volunteer and register for shifts, or call Henderson at (435) 649-8882 ext. 107.

"A lot of people prefer to come to the Kimball Art Center, located at 638 Park Ave., to sign up in person, which is fine as well," she said.

Volunteers will be emailed and called with reminders closer to the event.

"We really thank these volunteers because we literally couldn’t make the arts festival happen without their help," Henderson said.

The Park City Kimball Arts Festival will run Friday, Aug. 2, through Sunday, Aug. 4, on Main Street. For more information, visit http://www.kimballartcenter.org.


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