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Setting the stage: Summerfest seeking volunteer leaders for 2014 festival
by JENNIFFER WARDELL
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PERFORMERS from last year’s Summerfest International. The festival draws musicans and dancers from all over the world.  
Photo by Louise R. Shaw | Davis Clipper
PERFORMERS from last year’s Summerfest International. The festival draws musicans and dancers from all over the world. Photo by Louise R. Shaw | Davis Clipper
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BOUNTIFUL - It’s a chance to help make summer magic happen. 

The committee that puts together Bountiful/Davis Art Center’s annual Summerfest International is looking for volunteers interested in serving as vice chairs for the group’s various sub-committees. 

“We don’t need experts,” said Guy Dugal, who serves as both chair of the Summerfest committee and the event’s stage manager. “The festival has grown beyond our limited committee, and we’re just looking for people with a willingness to help.” 

For those who don’t know, Summerfest International is an annual festival, sponsored by the Bountiful/Davis Art Center, which brings in musicians and dance groups from all across the world to perform in Bountiful City Park. The August event also includes a StreetFeast celebration on Main Street, as well as various artists and vendors in both locations. 

It takes the work of several different subcommittees to put the whole thing together, focusing on areas such as publicity, education, housing for the performers, donations, StreetFeast, park support and more.

“Park support is kind of a jack-of-all-trades position,” he said. “You don’t need to be a master electrician, you just need to be able to plug things together.”

The one area where some experience would be welcome is as a stage manager. Dugal is hoping to find someone to take over those duties from him, so he can focus on his other responsibilities. 

“The purview of the stage manager goes from the back of the house to the back of the stage,” he said. 

The overall committee will begin meeting once a week starting in June, with the various sub-groups holding their own meetings at various schedules. The sub-committees then help guide the volunteers that help make the festival happen.

“A lot of the real work gets done in the sub-committees,” he said. 

Still, there’s more to it than just work. Though there’s plenty of effort and time commitment involved, helping make Summerfest possible has its own fringe benefits. 

“You get to meet international guests, which is great,” said Dugal. “It’s a fun time.” 

For more information, call the Bountifu/Davis Art Center at 801-451-3660 or send an e-mail to emmadugal@bdac.org. Anyone interested in helping is urged to call as soon as possible. 

“There’s an immediate need,” he said. “We’re less than three months away.” 

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