Summerfair 2012 begins annual search for volunteers

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Although the 45th annual Summerfair 2012 doesn't open it's gates until Friday, June 1, organizers of the event are already searching for volunteers.

Thousands of patrons will enjoy three days of great art, music and food thanks to a large contingent of local volunteers who decide to participate.

Since its beginning in Eden Park in 1968, Summerfair has been planned and run by local and regional volunteers. With record-level crowds anticipated this year, more than 400 volunteers will be needed to give their time during Summerfair 2012, on June 1, 2 and 3 at Coney Island.

"The dedication of volunteers is what makes Summerfair possible every year," said Bob Hinman, Co-Fair Chair. 
"Working with over 300 artists, coordinating performances, partnering with food venders, planning children's activities and ensuring the fair is organized and running smoothly is a huge undertaking. This unique festival could not happen without the help of our volunteers."

Volunteer positions average a two hour time commitment and include working in the Youth Arts area, poster and t-shirt sales, general hospitality and the admission gates. All volunteers will receive free admission to the fair, free parking, a complimentary 2012 Summerfair poster and cold water and soft drinks during their shift.

Volunteer forms can be downloaded from the Summerfair Cincinnati website at www.summerfair.org and should be returned to the Summerfair Cincinnati offices by April 23, 2012.  Volunteer positions will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Volunteers under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

Summerfair 2012 will feature more than 300 fine artists and craftspeople from around the country exhibiting and selling works ranging from ceramics and sculptures to painting and photography, four stages of local and regional entertainers, a youth arts area and a variety of gourmet arts vendors.

The annual event, held at the historic Coney Island, draws more than 20,000 attendees each year.

For more information, call the Summerfair Cincinnati office at 513-531-0050.

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