Chamber seeking GFF volunteers

    Volunteer sign up is now open for those interested in volunteering for this year’s Grape and Fall Festival. The St. James Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the event annually, is now taking volunteers for various activities throughout the event, which runs September 8-11.


    “We’d love to have groups of volunteers from our local businesses. Groups are invited to wear their business T-shirts or hats. We need groups in the cook shack, on the ticket gate, helping in the beer tent, and many other spaces,” Chamber Director Robin Ziegler said.
    Interested volunteers can sign up now at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805094DAFAD2EA0FC1-grape to reserve an event and time. Spaces are available for the back stage/green room, the beer garden, catering and hospitality, in the cook shack, at the exhibit hall, load in and out, merchandise sales, parade line-up, parking pit passes for the demolition derby, security, set up and tear down, assisting with the street market, ticket takers, and more.
    A full list of duties and requirements are given when signing up and outline exactly what duties volunteers will need to do at each station. It also details where volunteers will be located on the fairgrounds or at the various events. Volunteers will also determine a date and time they are willing to work throughout the festival.
    The Grape and Fall Festival takes a lot of work and volunteers make the event possible each year. The Chamber is hoping to have participation from individuals, businesses, organizations, and church groups interested in helping.
    For more information, visit the volunteer sign up page or the Chamber’s website at www.stjameschamber.net or by calling 573-265-6649 to learn more about the many events taking place at this year’s festival or to get involved.