Volunteers needed for upcoming Spartan Fest

The Daleville Area Chamber of Commerce is calling for more volunteers to help make Spartan Fest a great event for the community.

Spartan Fest, which features the annual softball game between the City of Daleville and the 1st of the 223rd Aviation Regiment, will be held on Saturday, May 18, at Culpepper Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

All the chamber needs to make the event even more successful, according to Chamber Executive Director Kecia Ham, is volunteers to help run the bouncy house and water slides. She also needs volunteers to help maintain the cleanliness of Culpepper Park.

“The more volunteers we have, the less time you have to volunteer,” she said. “(You can) volunteer for a little while, and then enjoy the festivities for a little while.

“The more we have, the more fun everybody gets to have.”

Ham said volunteers could be 16 years and older. To volunteer, contact the chamber at (334) 598-6331.

May is Military Appreciation Month, and May 18 is Armed Forces Day, making this year’s Spartan Fest an even bigger celebrate of the nation’s military.

Ham said the event will feature live music, to include a performance from Bottoms Up!, and several vendors. She said bouncy houses and a water slide will be available for children during the event. The National Guard will bring a rock climbing wall, and the Daleville queens will hold a fundraiser using the jail seen during the Daleville Family Fun Fest at Spartan Fest.

Ham said the Daleville Department of Safety will also be at the event along with other organizations and businesses.

“The participation for sponsorships and vendors has been through the roof,” Ham said.

“It has been phenomenal.”

She said the Daleville High School JROTC Color Guard will present the colors during the opening ceremony, which will be held at 9:30 a.m. The DHS band will also perform the National Anthem, and Lt. Col. Chris Mariani, commander of the 1st of the 223rd, will throw the first pitch.

At the end of the event, the winner of the Spartan Fest trophy will be announced.

Ham encouraged citizens to come to Spartan Fest and enjoy the day.

“It’s a community service event,” Ham said. “It’s honoring our military, getting together as a community to do something as a community.”

The event is free to attend, though funds should be available to purchase food or items from venders, she said.

“(People should come) because they appreciate the military, but it’s free to sit and listen to the music, to watch the softball game, to get out and enjoy your community and your fellow man,” she said.

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