Festival photos by David O’Connor and Kate Wilcox.

We are seeking volunteers to help at this year’s Woods, Water & Wildlife Festival on Saturday, August 12, from 10 am to 3 pm at Branch Hill Farm in Milton Mills. More than 600 attendees are anticipated so lots of helpers are needed to keep the day running smoothly.

Education Coordinator Kari Lygren is working with Brookfield resident Cheryl Giguere, who serves on MMRG’s Special Events Committee, to recruit and organize festival volunteers. Cheryl explains, “We need people to set up hay bales, tents, and tables, assist with parking cars, sell food and raffle tickets, help kids have fun with crafts and other activities, take photographs for publicity and especially to help clean up at the end of the day.”

Kari adds, “Volunteers get free admission, some time to enjoy festival events and a free festival salad or dessert. At the end of August, we’ll thank all you wonderful volunteers with an appreciation day. We couldn’t do it without all our great helpers and we want you to know how important you are to us!”

Milton resident Peg Hurd is a member of the Special Events Committee and has taken on all kinds of volunteer tasks, including soliciting local businesses for raffle items, distributing Festival fliers to area schools, sweeping the barn, washing tablecloths and organizing items for Festival raffle tables, and helping kids make their own smoothie on the Festival smoothie bike. Says Peg, “My first experience at the Festival immediately made me want to help out.  I love working with the Committee and feeling the satisfaction of doing something good for an awesome organization like MMRG. But the best reward is being at the Festival itself, the chance to meet lots of people and see all the kids having such a wonderful time.”

 New Durham high school student Alex Gehl will also be a returning Festival volunteer. Alex said his favorite Festival task last year was helping get all the cute little farm animals, especially the goats, unloaded from the trailer and into their pens. When asked why others might want to volunteer, he responds, “It’s fun and entertaining, all the people are great, and it’s a great way to do community service.”

Festival volunteers are needed to help set up on Friday, August 11, to pitch in on festival day, Saturday, August 12 or help with advance festival preparations. Please call Kari Lygren at (603) 978-7125 or email info@mmrg.info. For more information,  a slide show of last year’s Festival and  sponsorship opportunities, see www.mmrg.info/festival.