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Volunteers sought for 41st Music & Arts Festival

The Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking volunteers, both community residents and businesses, to help with the 41st Annual Westerville Music & Arts Festival being held July 12 and 13.

The festival is planned and executed over the course of the weekend by more than 150 volunteers. The Festival Steering Committee, made up of volunteers from both the business and residential communities, is responsible for securing artists, craftspeople, concessions, promotions and entertainment for the festival. Residents and businesses can get involved by donating their time to the festival in a variety of ways. Volunteer opportunities include:

* Artist Assistants -- Volunteers work in teams to help artists unload their work on Friday and Saturday and load their vehicles beginning at 5 p.m. Sunday. Shifts are 2 hours. Contact: Matt Lofy, 614-882-8917 or mlofy@westervillechamber.com.

* Hospitality Assistants -- Volunteers relieve artists for short breaks and pass out festival programs to patrons. Volunteers will cover all artists in the festival, guaranteeing that every artist is taken care of at all times. Contact: Matt Lofy, 614-882-8917 or mlofy@westervillechamber.com.

* Parking Assistants -- Volunteers monitor the parking areas and help with traffic flow throughout the festival. Shifts are 1-2 hours. Contact: Matt Lofy, 614-882-8917 or mlofy@westervillechamber.com.

* Youth Exhibit -- Volunteers work in the youth exhibit area, second floor of the Everal Barn (air conditioned). Volunteers watch over artwork displayed by Westerville students. Shifts are 2 hours. Contact Mashawn Stroh, 614-882-8917 or mstroh@westerville chamber.com.

Sponsored by the Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce, the Music & Arts Festival was established in 1974 as a street fair and is now respected as one of the finest outdoor juried arts festivals in Ohio.

This year's festival will be held Saturday, July 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, July 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Heritage Park/Everal Barn in Westerville.

For more information, visit westervillechamber.com/pages/MusicArtsFestival1/ or contact the Chamber Office at 614-882-8917.

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