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Interior Savings Fat Cat Children’s Festival Needs YOU

The Interior Savings Fat Cat Children’s Festival is gearing up for a phenomenal year of experiences and fun for families throughout the Okanagan and is calling on community volunteers to sign up now for key volunteer positions.  Slated for Friday, June 6th and Saturday, June 7th, the Festival takes place at Waterfront Park and includes two full days of activity stations, stage and roaming performances and a fabulous Parade that this year is being presented by sponsor YVR Vancouver International Airport.

“We have been super busy hatching great plans for the Festival this year,” says artistic director Dorothee Birker.  “Our theme is Inspiring Creativity: Naturally and we are going back to basics with incredible experiences to connect kids of all ages with the natural world around them.

Face painting

Along with our massively popular activity stations like the Face Painting and Punk Hair, we will have new arts stations that have an eco-friendly focus. However, to make all of these activities happen, we need a strong corps of community-minded people to volunteer their time and help out.”

In total, there are over 200 volunteer positions required to make the Festival come together, from ticket sellers at the gates to helpers at activity stations to parade marshals and everything in between. Volunteers are asked to sign up online using a link from the Fat Cat website www.fatcatfestival.ca.

“We are testing a new system by having our volunteers sign up online and are hoping it makes it easier for them to find the right fit for how they want to help,” says Birker. “Once they follow the link from our website, they can see all the available choices and times available and sign up for one or more time slots. We have had amazing support from the community for volunteers in the past and we have many volunteers coming back year after year, but we still need to reach out and recruit new volunteers as the Festival keeps growing.”

Fat Cat volunteers

Volunteers unwilling to use the online system are also invited to connect with the organizers directly.  Please contact Dorothee Birker, Artistic Director via email (fatcatfestival@gmail.com) or phone 250-860-4911 or Eva Myatovic, Volunteer Coordinator, via email (fatcatvolunteers@gmail.com.

The Interior Savings Fat Cat Children’s Festival has been bringing smiles to children’s faces in the Okanagan since 1990 and offers a myriad of experiential activities and performances that inspire children’s curiosity and creativity. A dedicated volunteer Board creates magical experiences that with the support of sponsors, community organizations and volunteers deliver a remarkable family festival. Mark your calendars now for June 6 & 7, 2014 at Waterfront Park. Admission is $5 per person or $15 for a Family of 4.  Early Bird Family Passes are available at all Interior Savings branches from Lake Country to West Kelowna for only $10.

 

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