Volunteers needed for festival

For the Troy Daily News

TROY — Are you hometown proud? Do you love to make new friends and visit with longtime pals? Is the strawberry simply your favorite fruit? The 2016 Troy Strawberry Festival needs your expertise.

Volunteers are invited to join the fun before and during this year’s festival. A variety of opportunities are available for individuals and groups ages 16 and over. Put your logistical and organizational skills to work on Friday during festival load-in, both on the levee and downtown. Share a smile and offer tips to festival-goers at one of five shuttle access points on Saturday and Sunday. Cheer on bicyclists Sunday morning and hand out refreshments during the Bike Tour. Whatever your passion, the festival has a place for you.

“Our volunteers are the very heart of this festival,” said Chairman Nathan Walters. “These volunteers serve as ambassadors not just for the Troy Strawberry Festival, but for our entire community. Because of their work, festival guests will return to Troy in the future for shopping and entertainment options. Nonprofit organizations will be better equipped to serve those in need. The economic impact of our volunteers’ assistance multiples quickly.”

Multiple shifts and locations throughout Troy are available starting Friday and running through Sunday evening. Register yourself, your family, your friends, or your corporate team for specific volunteer roles at www.tinyurl.com/tsfstrawberries.

No Internet? No problem. Call the Troy Strawberry Festival at (937) 339-7714 to get registered. Spaces are filling fast, and the deadline to register as a volunteer is May 20.

In its 40th year, the 2016 Troy Strawberry Festival features a musical theme “A Capella Berries”. Nearly 150,000 guests are expected to attend this year’s festival, with an estimated $300,000 raised for local nonprofit organizations.

To learn more about the Troy Strawberry Festival and is mission to support Miami County nonprofit organizations, visit www.gostrawberries.com.