BROADWAY OUR WAY: Volunteers needed for popular annual festival

Feb. 20, 2013 @ 06:05 PM

In anticipation of one of the town's largest events of the year, organizers of the annual Broadway Our Way Festival are on the hunt for helpers.

Volunteer Chairman Rebecca Hunter needs more than 50 adults and 25 teenagers to manage and oversee the activities of the festival, scheduled for April 20. Hunter said she'd like to have a rough estimate of how many people are willing to help by the end of next week.

"We hope we can pull together the old dependables," she said. "We have people who love supporting this activity and our family-friendly event each year, but we are hoping to network with other families in and out of town who enjoy helping."

The volunteers will be instructed on their duties well in advance of the festival day, said Broadway Manager Bob Stevens, and the tasks will not require a special skill set or training.

"We always have people who volunteer who say they had a ball," he said. "They say, 'Put me on the list for next year.' The people who volunteer are typically community-minded."

Hunter needs volunteers for traffic control, the shuttle, barbecue contest, kids activities, corn hole tournament and cleanup. These contributors are needed in hour shifts — and teenagers are especially needed for the kids activities, she said.

"We like offering inflatable bouncy houses and slides for the kids," Hunter said. "With the teens, they get on the slides and make sure the children are safe."

The teenagers would need to be in high school, she said, and they would receive a certificate showcasing their community service.

The festival is very important to the community, Stevens said, and the town is hoping for a large crowd, good weather and lots of fun.    

Anyone interested in helping with the festival can contact Hunter at (919) 498-5162.