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Windscape Kite Festival flying high later this year

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The countdown is on for the 13th Annual SaskPower Windscape Kite Festival, which takes place June 24 and June 25 this year.

The festival offers a host of family friendly activities and entertainment over two full days with more than 40 national and international stars of kite performing and kite making in attendance each year.
About 250 volunteers will be needed to produce a successful event that is expected to draw a crowd of 10,000. Organizers are excited to continue to use our software system designed to make volunteer sign-up easier for participants. The online system offers Kite Festival organizers more consistent tracking as well as providing volunteers more control over their experience.
“We’re trying to make the whole registration and scheduling process more efficient,” explains Verena Marsden, volunteer co-ordinator.
 “The volunteer has all the information at their fingertips. They apply online and create a volunteer profile which allows them to select their preferred jobs and shifts, confirm their schedule and keep their contact information current.”
Volunteers will have access to detailed job descriptions and the schedule of events. Marsden says once they fill out their application and job assignments have been made, volunteers will be asked to confirm acceptance of their schedule.
“Having enough volunteers helps us keep the festival free,” says Shann Gowan, Windscape organizer.  “The more smiling faces we have helping, the better the event is for everyone.”
The festival will host a Volunteer Orientation Night on Wednesday June 21. 
“Volunteers attend an orientation session at 7 p.m. and then are treated to some pizza. This is exclusive to the volunteers,” Gowan says.
Participants who sign up before May 26 are eligible for a big prize to be drawn at the end of the festival. Other perks include a volunteer appreciation bag with a water bottle, t-shirt and other goodies.
All volunteers will also receive a free ticket to the Sunday evening concert at the Long Day’s Night Music Festival.  The concert will feature the alt-country rock performance by Leeroy Stagger and his band.
Gowan says more than 40 people have used the online software to sign up.
“I encourage everyone to visit the website and follow the 3 Easy Steps to Becoming a Volunteer.”  
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Matthew Liebenberg


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