The fair is totally dependent on volunteers. They come in all shapes and sizes,ages and skill levels. No one is turned away because there is a place for everyone to fit in and be part of this event. Some volunteers have carved out a niche and work in particular areas . Three examples of this are the Exhibit Hall Coordinators who work under Wendy Chevaliers direction to organize the exhibit Hall Book ,receive the 1000 plus entries, and after judging arrange them for the viewing public. Another example is the grounds crew that works from Tent Sunday till opening on Friday to create the “fair grounds ” for 1 week on our town common and then take it all down and store it ’till the following year. Some volunteers take ownership in a particular area and work during the year and fair week in that area for example the Pulling Ring . Volunteers bring energy and enthusiasm as well as new ideas to help create a fresh perspective.
Follow this link for a list of the many people who stepped up to make 160th Belchertown Fair great. 160 Volunteers. Most will return for the 161st. We can add your name to the list. Volunteer participation is always guided by 1 of the committee members. These are the types of activities that volunteers help with:
Tent setup ,pulling area set up and Farmer For a Day set up on Sunday of Fair week.
Moving fences, picnic tables and benches from storage ,cleaning them and arranging on location.
Decorating the common with fall decorations and specific tent hangings.
Assisting on the parade route during the pre-parade organization.
Watering of plants daily from Thursday to Sunday before the fair opens
Assisting with cleaning up grounds and tent areas throughout fair weekend especially in between events and prior to closing.
Exhibit Hall set up on Tent Sunday.
Receiving Exhibit Hall entries on Monday,Tuesday and Wednesday.
Arrangement of Exhibit Hall entries on Thursday.
Monitor and coordinate the activity in “Farmer For A Day” to assist the young farmers in enjoying the area.
Changing sponsorship signs or event signage on a daily basis.
Selling tee shirts for Friends of the Fair during the fair.
Sitting in the Exhibit Hall during the fair to answer question and help as needed.
Helping to dissassemble and pack the common and Exhibit Hall after closing to return the common to its original state.