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Volunteers needed for agricultural fair

With the start of this year’s Vancouver Island Exhibition just over a week away, event organizers are shouting out for more volunteers.

Just how short handed the exhibition is isn’t yet clear, but Jessie Chase, kids’ zone director, said dozens more volunteers will likely needed to fill the normal complement of 250 bodies who help put the festival on each year by the time the exhibition starts Aug. 15.

“We are still looking for volunteers for all areas,” Chase said.

She estimates that so far anywhere from 175 to 200 people have signed up to help out and there are no particular skill sets event organizers are looking for other than general people skills and a willingness to do just about anything.

“Everything from garbage collecting to helping with home arts to helping in the kids’ zone,” Chase said.

One group that has already committed is Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank. Food bank staff and volunteers will be out handling the toonie parking by collecting the fee from drivers as they come into Beban Park and ensuring everyone has places to park.

“It’s pay parking of just $2, but they’re also asking if you could donate cash or a food item,” Chase said.

To volunteer, please call Michelle Walsh at 250-618-6412 or stop by the VIEX office at Beban Park.

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