When Summerfair 2021, Cincinnati’s annual fine arts and crafts fair, opens its gates for its 54th year on Friday, June 4th, thousands of patrons will enjoy three days of great art, music and food thanks to a large contingent of local volunteers. Since its beginnings in Eden Park in 1968, Summerfair has been an event planned and overseen by volunteers and this year, more than 400 volunteers will be needed to work during Summerfair 2021, on June 4 – June 6 at Coney Island.
Summerfair wouldn’t be possible without our dedicated volunteers. As you can imagine, Summerfair is a rather large undertaking with more than 300 artists participating in the fair, as well as performances to coordinate, food vendors to work with, children’s activities to be planned and hundreds of other tasks.
Volunteer positions average a two hour time commitment and include working admission gates, in the Youth Arts area, in poster and t-shirt sales and VIP Concessions. All volunteers will receive free admission to the fair, free parking, and bottled water during their shift.
Fair Volunteer Job Descriptions
Admission Gate: Welcome visitors to Summerfair! Tear tickets in half, hand out programs, and/or stamp hands for return to the fair. This is an ideal area to work with a group of friends.
Lunch Delivery: Help to deliver preordered box lunches to the artists’ booths. One volunteer will work alongside a Green Shirt. This is an on-your-feet job that involves walking the through the entire fair. We will need three volunteers on Saturday and three on Sunday.
Poster/T-shirt Sales: Sell collectible Summerfair posters, t-shirts and souvenirs. Note- there is a responsibility with collecting money and making change. You will be working with Summerfair members as well as other volunteers. Each shift is limited to 2 – 3 volunteers.
VIP Concessions: Make the exhibitors welcome by serving light snacks and soft drink beverages along with a Summerfair member. This area will be in a sheltered location. Each shift is limited to 2 volunteers.
Youth Arts: Will not be offered in 2021. Help inspire children with pre-planned art activities. The Youth Arts area is in a sheltered area. Feel free to wear “play” clothes as you will be working with the children.
In 1967, a group of Mt. Adams residents decided to hold an arts festival on the local streets to salute the opening of the new Playhouse in the Park. Artist Karen Kelly, one of the originators of the event remembers:
“With the help of friends in Mt. Adams, we started planning our first festival. We met every Wednesday night until we had the event planned. My job was publicity and promotion. I made the first posters on yellow construction paper using a big silk screen. We had no money, so all of our efforts were based on what we could pull from our own pockets plus a lot of begging from those who showed any interest in helping. . . . From that committee sprung some of the hardest workers around.”
Summerfair Cincinnati continues to depend upon the enthusiasm, cooperation and dedication of hundreds of volunteers for the success of its fine arts festival as well as other events and activities throughout the year. Summerfair’s volunteer corp represents students and seniors, parents and professionals, artists and arts enthusiasts from 8 counties in Southwest Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana.