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Volunteers help art festival succeed
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“Volunteers are key to the success of the Driftless Area Art Festival,” said long-time volunteer coordinator Theresa Yaeger.  “Since the festival’s beginning in 2004, volunteer have worked thousands of hours, planning, setting up, keeping things running smoothly, and cleaning up afterward. And festival visitors often tell us how impressed they are with the whole feel of the event. “

The 2013 Festival will take place in the Beauford T. Anderson Park, Soldiers Grove, on Saturday, Sept. 14 and Sunday, Sept. 15.  Yaeger and her fellow volunteer coordinator Diane Craig are again inviting individuals interested in working during the festival to contact them. They’ll be scheduling more than 60 volunteers to help welcome visitors, assist artists, keep the grounds neat, run errands, and do “whatever it takes to keep things running smoothly,” Yaeger said.

What are the rewards for volunteers? 

“A nice T-shirt, an invitation to the Saturday evening artists reception, and the knowledge that they’ve helped make the weekend an enjoyable experience for artists and guests alike,” said Craig.  “We have many returning volunteers, quite a few teens, and people from this community and from well beyond the state. It’s always a good time for everyone.”

Major funding partners for the festival include Peoples State Bank, Community Development Alternatives, the Village of Soldiers Grove and its Community Development Corporation, and Wisconsin Public Radio.  Other benefactors include Dependable Solutions, Inc., Organic Valley Family of Farms, Rooted Spoon Culinary, Richland Grant Telephone Cooperative, Scenic Rivers Energy Cooperative and Sleepy Hollow Auto.

Full details on the festival can be found at driftlessareaartfestival.com, and prospective volunteers can contact volunteer@driftlessareaartfestival.com.