Community Days 2013 needs volunteer boost
By Becky Brooks
The Bellevue Community Days Committee is looking for new volunteers to aid in multiple aspects of the 2013 event slated for June 27,28 and 29.
Marc Weisenberger, director of the Community Center and city Recreation Department, said volunteers are needed in two areas.
Volunteers are needed now to plan the various phases of the festival and more volunteers will be needed on the ground the weekend of the event. In total — the project takes nearly 50 people, he said.
“They don’t have to have a specific still set,” commented Carol Marten, director the Bellevue Area Tourism &Visitors Bureau. She is a member of the festival committee.
There are many different types of jobs to be completed for the festival and committee members say there is something for everyone to do.
“People can help at the information booth,” Weisenberger said.
The committee needs bodies to set up and tear down, sell festival badges, 50–50 tickets and other fundraisers during the festival.
The committee is also looking for clubs or groups which can take on the task of cleaning up the festival area each morning – perhaps a youth group looking for a community service project.
During the fireworks and prior to the fireworks, the festival needs eyes on the ground to make sure people are not I the wrong areas, Weisenberger said.
“There are all kinds of things,” he added about available volunteer positions.
The festival operates on a $30,000 annual budget with the majority of the funds coming from sponsors and donations, leaving much of the event dependent on volunteer hours.
Some of the new or returning events and projects Weisenberger would like to see this year include a Mr. Legs Contest, a basketball skills competition, a home-run derby and a cornhole tournament.
Two other events that current committee members are hoping to include are a texting contest and a photo contest.
“If there are service groups that are looking to raise some money or awareness,” he said, they should contact him to participate.
One area the committee realizes it needs to improve upon in 2013 is the signage for the festival – including directional signs and sponsor signs.
Weisenberger pointed out that the festival already relies heavily on the various city departments, which work well with the committee.
“Without those guys, we wouldn’t be able to do this,” he added. The rec department director added that the Bellevue City Schools also supports the festival as well by allowing use of facilities.
The key this month, however, is to find volunteer help to plan the many activities coming up during the festival this summer, according to committee members.
In 2003, the Community Days Festival began as a one-year event. Weisenberger said the Mayor then asked the Rec Department to keep it going.
“It’s still alive,” Weisenberger said about it being 10 years later.
The local tourism bureau joined the festival committee in the past three years.
Like all continuing events, people have participated on the committee and after a time left.
Weisenberger said as the festival got bigger, the committee has seemed to get smaller.
“We have a vision of what we want to be,” he said as a half dozen of the other committee members sat with him at a recent meeting in City Centre.
In the future, the committee will be launching social media to help the community stay in touch with event planning including Facebook and Twitter.
For information on events and raffles for this year’s festival, visit www.bellevuerec.com, and www.bellevuetourism.org. To participate on the festival committee, contact the City Rec Department at 419–483-5555.