Volunteers Still Needed for 2012 Panoply Arts Festival

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The 2012 Panoply Arts Festival is less than two weeks away. It’s being held on April 27-29th in Big Spring Park in downtown Huntsville.

The festival was canceled last year because of the April 27th tornado outbreak.  However, organizers say the festival is bigger and better than ever this year! Almost everything is ready to go, except one thing.

The Panoply volunteer push is going on right now.

“Currently we have about 75 percent of the volunteers needed,” says Allison Dillon-Jauken, executive director of The Arts Council, which hosts the annual event.

Dillon-Jauken says they still need several hundred helpers. “It takes over 1,000 volunteers to make Panoply happen that weekend in Big Spring Park.”

There’s a wide range of volunteer duties to fit your preference.

“If you’re a people person come on out, we’ve got the place for you,” explains Dillon-Jauken. “If you like to be behind the scenes, we’ve got some jobs for those people too. We also include families to volunteer together. Children ages 10-14 can volunteer with a parent. Children 14 years old and up can volunteer on their own.”

Panoply is celebrating its 30th anniversary and is packed with events.

“There are over 80 local performing groups and bands at the festival throughout the weekend,” says Dillon-Jauken. “On Saturday night, we’ll welcome a great blues artist and five time Grammy nominee Marcia Ball. On Sunday night, American Idol winner Taylor Hicks will perform.”

More than 75,000 people are expected to attend, so organizers will accept all the volunteer help they can get.

“We really welcome everyone,” says Dillon-Jauken. “You just have to have a love of the community.”

Panoply tickets are $5 for adults. Kids 12 years old and under get in free. If you’re interested in volunteering for Panoply, click here.

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