Annual Yuletide Festival in need of volunteers

The 4th annual Yuletide Festival is only 22 days away and the organizing committee is in search of a few ‘elves’ to help volunteer.

The 4th annual Yuletide Festival is only 22 days away and the organizing committee is in search of a few ‘elves’ to help volunteer.

Event organizers explained the event is approaching closely and is always in need of volunteers for set up/take down, running the KidzZone, as well as to help run the raffle tables, and a number of other assorted duties.

Graham Parsons, chairmen of the Yuletide Festival Committee explained the annual event has grown considerably over the last year,establishing important roots in Sylvan Lake roots that have helped to foster an immense level of community love and support during theholiday season.

“The whole idea was to put on a really fun community Christmas event. That was the main focus we wanted a significant fun communityevent and when you have Christmas a platform it’s an easy thing to do,” explained Parsons. “Just to see everyone in the community togetherin one place and the smiles on everyone’s faces is incredible and makes all of the hard work worth it,

“It’s a great way to kick-off the Christmas season with the music and all the activity and people supporting a great cause it’s just anotherway to give back to the community.”

Since the first festival in 2012, the event has supported the Sylvan Lake and Area Urgent Care Centre Fund with over $38,000 being raisedduring past years.

“Our committee felt the Urgent Care Fund was the one fund that truly benefited the whole community,” said Parsons. “We think ourfundraising efforts are only going to continue to grow. All of our sponsors and those who have donated raffle and silent auction items havereally just blown me away despite the economic climate we seem to be going along as good as ever which just goes to show how much thecommunity enjoys this event.”

The main stage will feature entertainment throughout the event including the school and mass choirs, various local artists, and will end withthe Jazz Explosion.

“It’s a great way to kick-off the Christmas season with the music and all the activity and people supporting a great cause it’s just anotherway to give back to the community,”said Parsons.

This year’s festival will also include the annual Santa Clause Parade, fireworks, and Breakfast with Santa.

Organizers wish to thank Canadian Tire event sponsor, Shopper’s Drug Mart entertainment sponsor, Servus Credit Union Kidz Zonesponsor as well as Trilliant Realty Group and Horizon Travel for sponsoring the $2,500 travel voucher.

Those wishing to volunteer for the Spirit of Sylvan Yuletide Festival may call volunteer co-ordinator Megan Chernoff at 403 396 2793.

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