The Saline Celtic Festival, set for July 11, 12 at Mill Pond Park in Saline, is putting out a call for volunteers. You don’t have to wear a kilt, play bagpipes or eat haggis – just offer a willing pair of hands to help out in 3-hour shifts on Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday morning.
“This is our 18th year and should be our best year ever,” says Volunteer Chairperson Meghan Ulrich. “Volunteers are essential to the success of our festival and we totally depend on them to pull this off. There are numerous opportunities, for everyone from high school students to senior citizens. It’s fun to be a behind-the-scenes part of the festival, make new friends, and you also get to enjoy the rest of the festival for free, with music and dance, clans and living history, children’s activities, and more –and this year we have an Internationally Sanctioned Jousting Competition.”
Volunteers, who each get a free SCF T-shirt, are needed to help set up at Mill Pond Park from about 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, July 9, 10, and 11. Sunday’s take down will start at 8 a.m.
“We’ll have officials putting up tents as early as Tuesday, but we’ll need volunteers to put up side curtains, move tables and chairs to different locations, place tables and chairs around the park, and help set up the Merchant Area starting Wednesday morning,” says Hannah Ulrich, who is helping her sister.
In past years, Fellowship Baptist Church from Saline has sponsored a Mission Group from Alabama to help pull the festival together during the three days leading up to the festival. This year many of their youth have grown up and they don’t have enough older teens to pull a Mission Trip together, Meghan notes.
Early morning volunteers are needed from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. on the Saturday, to help with tables and chairs. Drivers with pickup trucks and trailers are especially needed to help move stuff from a storage barn to Mill Pond Park and then pick up many golf carts, Gators, and make other needed runs. This was an invaluable part of the volunteer needs that the mission group filled and managed the last few years.
Volunteers are also needed to help out in the office the week leading up to the festival, work at check-in, man the gates, or help with general volunteer responsibilities. “We would really like to find more folks that would like to be more committed to volunteering to the festival long term and become members of our Executive Committee and General Chair Committee,” Meghan says.
If you would like to volunteer, visit www.salineceltic.org and hit the volunteer tab and tell the SCF what your interests are. You’ll also find plenty of information on the upcoming festival.
The SCF, sponsored by Arts Alliance and by the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, welcomes sponsors, who are listed on the SCF website, in the official program, and on Millie the Mill Pond Monster “billboards” around Saline.