Press releases for The Simcoe Rotary Friendship Festival are available here. Click the links below to download the PDF files.
Simcoe Rotary Friendship Festival Announces a Visitor Survey for 2012
Simcoe Rotary Friendship Festival seeking volunteers, parade participants
March 3, 2012, Simcoe For the past six years, the Rotary Club of Simcoe has assumed coordination and operation responsibilities of the Simcoe Friendship Festival. Held annually on the August Civic Holiday weekend, the festival is a major undertaking that draws heavily on the time and expertise of Rotary Club's 54 members.
The Rotary Club is inviting interested volunteers to contact the festival committee to find out how they can help keep the Friendship Festival vibrant and exciting while maintaining the variety and quality of programming and attractions it offers. The three-day festival includes free entertainment and attractions, live music, vendors, a parade, a Kids Zone, and more.
There are many ways for new volunteers and partners to get involved. More hands to help with the event's set-up and takedown and individuals who will help in the information booth or with troubleshooting issues that arise during the event are greatly appreciated. Volunteers to help supervise or offer additional activities in the Kids Zone are also needed. Local businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and community groups can participate in the parade or as vendors. Businesses are also encouraged to come on board as event or featured attraction sponsors.
"We're always interested in welcoming new people with fresh ideas," said Friendship Festival chairman Dan Hill. "This is a community event, and the Rotary Club of Simcoe wants it to reflect a broad spectrum of interests. We're open to expanding what the festival offers, but having a great idea is just the beginning; we need people that can help us follow through on the implementation of those ideas too," he added.
Hill cites the annual Friendship Festival parade as a feature that will benefit from new ideas and community participation. "The parade has become one of the festival's major draws, and we want as many people involved as possible," he explained. "It doesn't cost anything to register a float or group to march along, and it's a great opportunity to get some attention and show some community pride. The parade is about celebrating our camaraderie as a community, so the more the merrier," he added.
The Friendship Festival is one of the Rotary Club's major annual fundraisers, and all the money raised is redistributed to community improvement projects throughout Norfolk County and around the world. Many other organizations, including minor sports teams, youth groups, and service clubs also raise much needed funds at the festival by participating as exhibitors and vendors.
Volunteers do not have to be Rotary Club members, although they are welcome to join if they so desire. Anyone interested in volunteering or otherwise participating in the 2012 Friendship Festival should contact Festival Coordinator Susan Robertson by calling 519-426-9436 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or ask a Rotarian for more information. To learn more about the Rotary Club of Simcoe visit www.simcoerotaryclub.com. For additional Friendship Festival information visit www.simcoerotaryfriendshipfestival.com.
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