Frontier Days In 'Dire Need' Of Volunteers: Arlington Heights Mayor

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL — The Frontier Days Festival is nearly here and organizers need the public’s help. At Monday night’s Arlington Heights Village Board meeting, Mayor Thomas Hayes stressed that the annual event is run entirely by volunteers and is not put on by the Village.

“They are in dire need of volunteers,” Hayes said. “They’re getting a little long in the tooth in the organization. We’ve got some volunteers that have been with them since day one. So, they are desperately looking for some new blood to help them out, especially this year.”

The five-day festival runs from June 29 through July 4. It is organized by Frontier Days, Inc., or “The Festival,” a not-for-profit organization whose membership comprises hundreds of volunteers. Known affectionately as the “Red Shirts,” the volunteers begin preparing for the next year’s festival almost as soon as the current one concludes.

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“We very much appreciate the decades now that the volunteers, the ‘Red Shirts,’ from Frontier Day have been planning and executing and providing fun for not just residents of this community, but for all those who come to Frontier Days from far away,” Hayes said.

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Hayes mentioned that residents can sign up to volunteer all five days, or for just one hour of one day. Volunteers fall under one of three categories, according to the festival’s website: adults (21 years and up), young adults (ages 18 to 20), and teens (ages 12 to 17).

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“It’s fun to volunteer there. You see your neighbors and your friends. Everybody is happy and having a good time,” Village Board Trustee Robin LaBedz said. “I’ve worked at a number of the food booths over the years and will do so again this year. It’s not just work, it’s fun work.”

With regard to the festival, this year’s event includes a carnival, sporting events, food, live music and much more. For a complete festival brochure, visit the Frontier Days Festival website here.

“We very much appreciate your participation and support, and look forward to seeing everybody at the Frontier Days Festival on the Fourth of July,” Hayes concluded.

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