Tour de Terrace needs more helpers, future leaders

  • Jenny Lynn Zappala<br>Lynnwood / Mountlake Terrace Enterprise editor
  • Monday, March 3, 2008 11:28am

MOUNTLAKE TERRACE — At least six more volunteers are needed for the 14th annual Tour de Terrace summer festival in Mountlake Terrace, according to event organizers. This year’s event is set for July 28, 29 and 30.

Last year, about a dozen volunteers put on the $38,000 event, which features a parade, carnival, fireworks, car show, live music, craft booths, food vendors and beer garden.

“We hired young kids to help set up and clean up for the event,” said event chair Jerry Smith. “That cost money. If we could get more volunteers, that would be better.”

Jerry Smith and his wife, Judi, intend to lead the event for as long as possible, but there is an urgent need to train the next generation, said Judi Smith.

Judi Smith said they need people who are willing to get the training and experience in 2006 and 2007 so they can make sure the event continues in the years to come.

“We can look into the future. If we do not train someone, it is going to come to an end,” Judi Smith said. “We do not want (Tour de Terrace) to fall on its face.”

Now would be an ideal time for volunteers to come forward so they can observe the early planning meetings and learn how the event operates, she said.

Jerry Smith, who is also Mountlake Terrace mayor, confirmed that he is not quitting after 13 years. Other longtime volunteers, however, need a break.

The event is funded by carnival ticket sales, fireworks sales, city grants and rental fees from food vendors and craft booths.

In particular, they need people to operate the beer garden, manage the craft booths and pick up trash. They are also looking for several people to help set up the tents, tables, chairs and other facilities in the days leading up to the event. They are seeking someone with computer skills who can type in the scores for the car show.

“If we get all of those people, we would be in great shape,” Smith said.

For information or to volunteer, call Jerry Smith at 425-774-7335.

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