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Our Fall Festival is the biggest event of our Meeting year. To assure its success, we depend on the help of as many people from Meeting as possible on the day of the Festival and the week preceding it. We ask that you volunteer for at least a two-hour shift (except where noted), however, many people work all day. The Fall Festival is the best way to get to know everyone at Meeting. Families work together on many activities. And our Young Friends do the same jobs as many of the adults. In fact, we're very proud of the way they step forward and take charge of some of the activities.

Volunteering is easy. Just look over the list of jobs below and chose the one or ones you feel you can contribute to the most.

Activity: Set Up
Timing: All week prior to the Festival and the morning of the Festival
Description: Various activities include: clearing out the schoolhouse rooms that will be open to the public, setting up displays of items and books for sale in the Mercantile, setting up tables for the Friendly Café, setting up canopies outside, setting up picnic tables and benches outside, organizing items for the silent auction, decorating the grounds with fall flowers and pumpkins.

Activity: Food Booth
Timing: Beginning at 8:00am until 4:00pm, 2–4-hour shifts recommended
Description: Requires standing in the food booth, where soup, chili, hotdogs, and soda are sold. Food Booth workers take the appropriate amount of tickets for the food items ordered. Food Booth workers also monitor food supply levels and alert kitchen when more soup, chili, etc, is needed. Food booth helpers are required to wear gloves when handling food items. Workers are also needed to grill hotdogs between 10:00 and 3:00, and cook funnel cakes between 10:00 and 4:00. The Funnel Cake Cooks must have either prior experience or training and must be at least 18 years old.

Activity: Kitchen
Timing: Morning of the Festival beginning at 7:00am until after 4:00pm. 3- or 4-hour shifts are recommended
Description: Kitchen workers keep up with the demand for food by heating chili and soup, making funnel cake batter, replenishing condiments, and transporting food out to the food booth as needed.

Activity: Ticket Booth
Timing: Beginning at 9:00am until 4:00pm, 2 – 4 hour shifts recommended.
Description: Ticket Booth workers sit at the ticket tables and primarily sell tickets and collect cash. Ticket Booth workers also answer questions and direct people to various activities.

Activity: Mercantile
Timing: All week prior to the festival and from 8:00am to 4:00pm on Festival Day
Description: People are needed to help organize, display and price donated items the week prior to the Festival. On the day of the Festival, cashiers are needed to sell and bag items, and to keep items organized throughout the day. Packing up and organizing and cleaning is needed after the Festival is over.

Activity: Friendly Cafe
Timing: 7:00am to 4:00pm, 2-4 hour shifts recommended
Description: Helpers are needed early to set up and price donated baked goods as they arrive, as well as make coffee and help early customers. During the Festival, helpers sell baked goods and keep the area clean and organized.

Activity: Plant Sale
Timing: 8:00am to 4:00pm
Description: Workers help to set up and price live plant items outside at a table behind the Meetinghouse. During the day, helpers are needed to answer questions and sell the plants.

Activity: Kid’s Crafts and Games
Timing: 8:00am to 4:00pm - 2-4 hour shifts recommended
Description: A variety of craft activities and games are provided outdoors for children. Workers in this area take the appropriate number of tickets for each activity, and also assist children with the various activities as needed.

Activity: Clean up
Timing: Immediately after the Festival and the Following Day
Description: Pack up and put away all tables, canopies, signs, etc. that are outside. Clean up the food booth and pack up any remaining food. Organize and pack up unsold items from the Mercantile.

There are a variety of other ways to participate in the Fall Festival, not listed above. Friends make valuable contributions by participating in the entertainment portion of the Festival, Face Painting, Quaker Jukebox, Quaker Way Booth, taking photos of the event, participating in the Wedding Reenactment, working with organizing the Crafters, providing historical and current information to visitors in our Meeting House, and by helping in many other ways that make it all possible.

To volunteer, contact our Volunteer Coordinator as soon as possible, before the position you're interested in is filled.
 

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