HELP NEEDED: Lancaster Events Center needs strong volunteers to continue storm cleanup
High winds left a trail of destruction just days before the National High School Finals Rodeo
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – There is still help needed to clean up the mess left behind at the Lancaster Events Center after Saturday’s storms.
Winds caused major damage to stalls on the ground, blowing over hundreds of stalls. The Fairgrounds crew is still two days behind on preparation for the National High School Finals Rodeo.
They need at least 20 strong volunteers to help the guidance stall experts. 600 stalls have been recovered from the storms and 800 more still need to be assembled.
“The initial community response to helping the LEC Fairgrounds recover from high winds on Friday night affecting many of the over 2,000 outdoor horse stalls for the 1,623 High School youth competitors has been heart-warming as has been the recent response to volunteering throughout the event.” According to Amy Dickerson, Lancaster Event Center Fairgrounds Managing Director, “The show must go on ~ but we need community volunteers now more than ever.”
Even if you aren’t the strongest person out there, volunteers can help with a plethora of other projects.
For these setup roles:
• Show up 8 am to 8 pm to get started with shifts running to 10 pm daily.
• Go to the Lancaster Event Center Fairgrounds office at 4100 N. 84th Street, enter Gate 2 off Havelock and go straight ahead to the office in Lincoln Room (building closest to 84th St.)
• Wear closed-toe comfortable shoes, jeans/long pants, and be prepared to be outside.
• Gloves, beverages, and/or food provided depending on the length of shift/task.
• There is no need to call unless you have a group of 20 or more. The event center is ready to assign all volunteers.
As the rodeo starts, these are the remaining open volunteer roles that would be most helpful to fill:
1. Rodeo performances gate ticket taker/monitor (you get to see the action & meet all the visitors)
2. Rodeo Ticket sales—indoor, seated job Sunday, July 18 to Saturday, July 24
3. Parking lot guides—Sunday, July 18 to Saturday, July 24 to help keep pedestrians & youth safe during traffic rushes before/after 13 rodeo performances
4. RV guides during check-in Thursday, July 15 -Saturday, July 17 (driving golf cart, 19 years plus)
Sign up for volunteer roles after the rodeo starts Thursday. You can also call the fairgrounds office at 402-441-6545, option 0.
Folks with questions or major donations of labor may call/text Managing Director Amy at 402-429-1950.