The Fishers Freedom Festival announces it will be hosting the 22nd Annual Fishers Freedom Festival on Saturday, June 26 & Sunday, June 27, 2010 and needs volunteers to help with the organization and planning of this large-scale event.  With over 50,000 attendees from all over the U.S., this free family event hosts hundreds of art & craft sites, business booths, fireworks, 5K Run/Walk, live music, national UFO Major Disc Dog Tournament, children & teen tents, two parades, a Street Dance, food vendors, free games booths, and so much more. 

Volunteers of various backgrounds are desperately needed and everyone is invited.  All volunteer meetings will be held once a month at 6:30pm on Mondays in the Fishers Freedom Festival’s office at 8601 East 116th Street in Fishers (south of Town Hall and 116th Street, and just behind Fritz in Fishers car dealership) until the month of June which will then be weekly meetings. 

Volunteer Meeting Dates:
Monday, January 25
Monday, February 22
Monday, March 15
Monday, April 19
Monday, May 17
Monday, June 7
Monday, June 14
Monday, June 21

Last year, the Fishers Freedom Festival utilized a total of 300 volunteers.  They are essential to the success of the festival every year.  Some specific volunteer openings for this year will work with:
• Business Tent Vendors (Saturday, June 26 from 7am – 5pm).
• Free Game Vendors (Sunday, June 27 from 7:30am – 9:00am).
• Arts and Crafts Vendors (Wednesday, June 23 and Thursday, June 24 from 5pm – 8pm; Friday, June 25 from noon – 8pm; and Saturday from 6am – noon).
• Marking vendor booth lines and interacting with vendors (various days prior to and during the festival).
• Children’s Tent to help the co-coordinators manage the tent (Saturday, June 26 from 9:30am – 3:00pm or 3:00pm – 8:30pm; Sunday, June 27 from 10:30am – 3:30pm or 5:00pm – 8:30pm).
• Silent Auction to help get gifts and work the tent (Saturday, June 26 from 10am – 3pm or 3pm – 8pm; Sunday, June 27 from 10:30am – 3:30pm).
• Anyone with grant writing or fundraising experience.
• Volunteers (no experience required) to work 2 – 3 hour shifts throughout the festival weekend.

Another way you can help the festival is by donating your paper towel cardboard rolls, wrapping paper cardboard rolls and any plastic scoops from powdered laundry detergent.  These items are used in the Children’s Tent with arts and crafts.  These items can be given inside the festival office during office hours or left outside in the large plastic tub after hours.
 
Back in 1989, the founders of the Fishers Parade and Festival decided to have a community gathering to celebrate Independence Day.  With the help of volunteers, the event originated as a one-day community picnic, parade, and a few games for the children.  Due to the overwhelming participation by the public, this event grew to a two-day event.

The mission of the Fishers Freedom Festival is to encourage fellowship through civic partnerships and citizen involvement by creating a safe environment, developing needed community services, promoting family integrity and striving to improve the quality of life for every resident by investing in human potential. 

The Festival is always in need of volunteers at different levels of participation.  For more information on volunteering or about the festival, please email freedomfestival@sbcglobal.net, visit 8601 East 116th Street in Fishers or call 317-595-3195.