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Volunteers needed if Fall Fair is to fly

North Island Eagle, June 7 2024

If a number of volunteers haven’t stepped forward in the next couple of weeks, this year’s Mount Waddington Fall Fair will be cancelled.

The first organizing meeting for this year’s fall fair happened on May 31, and the only attendees were the Fleetons from Port McNeill.  

The fair cannot happen without a group of people to take on a small share each of the responsibilities. 

There is still lots of time to organize a great fair, and the fair is always easier in Port Hardy because all the fair properties (dividers, trophies, paperwork, etc.) are stored right near the arena. Port Hardy residents - it’s time to step up to the plate!

The duties which need to be covered include the following:

• Choosing a theme for this year’s fair, to be used in handout materials and in decorating for the fair

• Advertising - putting stories and ads into the newspapers

• Social media - running our Facebook page and doing updates with fair documents, events, etc. These can be done by the same person, or can share stories back and forth.

• Decorating – making the lobby, arena, and display tables look great.

• Handout distribution - taking exhibit lists and booth rental forms to pick up locations, checking if more forms needed

• Raffles - going around North Island soliciting raffle prizes and collecting them.

• Organizing judges for exhibits - making a list of volunteers for judging and what categories they want to judge, and reminding them right before the fair.

• Organizing helpers for convening - accepting entries the days before the fair and arranging them on the tables.

• Recruiting volunteers for the fair weekend - taking entry money, selling raffle tickets    

• Entertainment  - talking to local entertainers and arranging a schedule for performances

We will also need set-up and take-down assistance right before and after the fair, but we can recruit those helpers later.

Please if you want a fair to bring your family to attend, or a place for your child to enter their carrots or Lego structures, or want to show off your own handicrafts, or if you have a home-based business you’d like to bring to the fair, or a non-profit society that needs the fair to publicize yourselves or raise money, we need you.

Please contact the Fleetons by June 14 - phone 250-956-0452 or send text to 250-949-0311 if you are interested in helping out.

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Photo — Kathy O'Reilly

If a number of volunteers haven’t stepped forward in the next couple of weeks, this year’s Mount Waddington Fall Fair will be cancelled.

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