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Texas Folklife Festival participants

Volunteers are needed for Texas Folklife Festival

By James Benavides
Public Affairs Specialist

(May 15, 2008)--The 2008 Texas Folklife Festival is June 13-15 on the grounds of UTSA's Institute of Texan Cultures. Event organizers are calling for volunteers to help staff the event, serve on organizing committees, assist in festival operations and help with set-up and take-down.

"We All Belong" is the theme for the 37th annual festival, a three-day celebration immersing guests in the cultures, ethnicities and traditions of Texas. The festival features authentic foods, crafts, demonstrations, music and performances.

Volunteers must attend an orientation session, 6-7 p.m., Monday, May 19 or Tuesday, May 20. It takes nearly 1,000 volunteers to make Folklife a success. By working a minimum four-hour shift, a volunteer earns a wristband good for admission to all three days of the festival.

In addition to volunteers for festival shifts, pre-event volunteers are needed to serve on the Grab Bag and Equipment committees. Committee members are asked to work four hours a week, now through the festival.

Last year, 834 civic volunteers donated a total of 3,486 hours to the festival. Faculty, staff and students can log their volunteer hours as part of the UTSA Service and Civic Participation Program, "Your Time Counts."

To volunteer, call (210) 458-2216 or visit the Texas Folklife Festival Web site.

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