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Volunteers are needed for the 43rd annual Texas Folklife Festival June 7-8

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(April 24, 2014) -- The Texas Folklife Festival is June 7-8, and it will be here before we know it. With that in mind, volunteers are needed. We welcome new and previous volunteers to help our festival guests.

The Texas Folklife Festival is the biggest cultural celebration in Texas. Annually, individuals and groups representing more than 40 ethnic communities come together to celebrate their heritage. On the grounds of the Institute of Texan Cultures on the UTSA HemisFair Park Campus, the two-day event showcases the Lone Star State's diversity and rich heritage through a wide variety of ethnic food, music, dance, arts and crafts.

This year, there are several added volunteer positions for those who would like to take on a larger role with more than just the usual 3-4 hour shift. We’ve created team leaders for sales, soda/water booth and gate teams. Team leaders will be responsible for ensuring the booths are running smoothly, volunteers are in place, stock is replenished and for communicating with staff.

As always, if you have a group of friends, family, co-workers, teammates, club members or church members who would like to volunteer, contact us and we will try to accommodate your group. Several positions are ideal for small groups to volunteer together.

These positions include gate teams (10-12 volunteers), children’s crafts and games (8-10 volunteers), outdoor information (6-8 volunteers working in pairs), command center (8-10 volunteers) and soda/water booth (6-8 volunteers).

Volunteers must be at least age 16 for all positions except the children’s crafts and games booth, where volunteers can be as young as age 13. However, volunteers younger than age 18 must volunteer with a parent or guardian.

To volunteer as a master of ceremonies or stage manager, visit the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures website for the application. The application is separate for these two positions.

>> For more information, call the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures volunteer hotline at 210-458-2216.

>> Download a flyer with information and links about volunteering for the Texas Folklife Festival.

 

 

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