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GPC Volunteers for County Fair

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Master Gardeners,

This request is from Garfield Park and separate from the Master Garden/UIUC Extension Booth at the County Fair. Of course, we want to help out GPC, but please consider staffing the Master Gardener booth first.



Harmony Picciuca <> wrote:

The Garfield Park Conservatory's 7th Annual County Fair needs you!

Saturday September 15th

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Hello Wonderful GPCA Volunteers,

It's that time of year again... for all of us to dust off our straw hats, pull on our overalls, and celebrate the 7th Annual Garfield Park Conservatory's County Fair!

This promises to be a really big day and we need plenty of volunteers to help with all kinds of fun activities.

Below is a list of volunteer needs and shifts. If you are available and interested please email me at with your area of interest and shift preferences.

1. Set up Volunteers: Help start the fun: set up tables, bring out materials for activities, and install directional signs.

Set-up Shift:

8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

2. Membership and Information Table: Volunteers are needed to greet folks, pass out event programs and maps, answer questions, and recruit new GPCA members.

Membership Volunteers Shifts:

1st shift: 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

2nd shift: 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

3. Children Activity Volunteers: Volunteers will help at one of our three Children's Activity Stations: bubble making, color a quilt paper square, and making corn husk dolls.

Children's Activity Shifts:

1st shift: 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

2nd shift: 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

4. Demonstration Garden Volunteer Tour Guides: The demo garden really shines in September: give special tours to show off the fruits of our labor!

Demo Garden Tour Guides Shifts:

1st shift: 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 pm.

2nd shift: 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

5. Pony Rides and Carriage Rides Volunteers: Volunteers will help manage lines for these two County Fair favorites.

Pony and Carriage Ride Shifts:

1 st shift: 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

2nd shift: 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

7. Harvest Competition volunteers: More specifics soon. If you are interested in this area, please let me know and I will provide you information.

Volunteer Training for County Fair: Thursday, September 6th at 7 p.m. in the Community Room

We will hold a Volunteer Training for County Fair on Thursday, September 6th at 7 p.m. in the Community Room. If you are able to attend please indicate that in your reply. Also if you have friends or family who are interested in becoming a GPCA volunteer, we are doing a new volunteer orientation that same day starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room.

Please RSVP to me by email or phone 773.638.1766 (ext. 24).

Thanks so much for your continued consideration and support.

Harmony Picciuca

Garden and Volunteer Programs Coordinator

Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance

300 N. Central Park Avenue

Chicago, Illinois 60624

773.638.1766 x 24

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