Volunteers Needed For Orchestra On The Oregon Trail

Deadline to Apply May 1st

The Marshall County Arts Cooperative is looking for people to park cars, direct traffic, bus tables, and sell concessions. With plans underway for Orchestra on the Oregon Trail, the arts cooperative is looking for approximately two hundred volunteers to make the event a success.

The all-day event is scheduled for Sunday, September 4, at Alcove Spring Historic Park. To make sure they have plenty of help, however, the arts cooperative is asking people to express their interest in volunteering by May 1.

Barb Buck, Hanover, is in charge of coordinating all of the volunteers.

“Last year, it required well over two hundred volunteers to make Orchestra on the Oregon Trail the success it was,” Buck said. “The feedback from those volunteers was overwhelmingly positive, so I’m hoping to have a number return this year as well as looking forward to new participants.”

Volunteers work a four-hour shift. The majority of volunteers are needed the day of the event; shifts are available on the days leading up to the event as well as the day after the event. “I would like people to consider volunteering prior to or after the event with set-up and take down,” Buck said. “We will need people who can help with physical and skilled labor in the several days prior as well as the day after.”

On the day of the event volunteer assignments include everything from handing out programs to picking up trash. The majority of assignments involve physical labor, standing throughout the duration of the shift, and enduring Kansas weather.

“Volunteering is work,” Buck said. “As we learned last year, the Kansas weather can be challenging, and we may have another hot or windy day. In addition, there is very little shelter, no air conditioning, and a lot of walking. Therefore, I ask that people interested in volunteering know their physical limitations. Shifts will be four hours in duration and many will occur during the concert itself. Beyond the work shift, volunteers are able to enjoy the activities and events of the day.”

Volunteers are admitted to the event for free.

Scott Kracht, Marysville, and his wife, Lynn, were two of the volunteers for the inaugural event. The two worked in the main entrance tent and greeted patrons when they arrived. “Volunteering was a very rewarding experience,” Kracht said. “It was great to see all of the efforts of everyone come together for something so tremendous.” The Krachts are volunteering again this year, and have offered suggestions for ways to improve the experience.

According to Buck, the volunteers play an integral part in supporting the arts cooperative and making sure the arts have a vital presence in the area. Volunteers are at the center of the event’s success.

“This event strengthens our community as well as highlights both the arts in Marshall County and the great treasure we have in Alcove Spring,” Buck said. “Orchestra on the Oregon Trail is not only a boon to the local economy and an opportunity to put Marshall County on the map, it also unifies and affords the opportunity for people of all ages to come together to experience the art of music as it meets the art of nature.”

For more information or to volunteer for the event people may contact Buck at 785-337-2562 or at [email protected] .