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My Waterloo Days weekend back after being canceled last year, volunteers still needed

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WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) - The main events of My Waterloo Days are starting back up again after being canceled last year due to the pandemic. Organizers still need volunteers in order to have the most successful weekend possible.

Main events are taking place at Lincoln Park in downtown Waterloo, and tickets can be purchased at the gate for $5.

The Family Fun Zone starts at 4 p.m. Friday along with a stage with live music. The traditional festival parade begins at 6:30 p.m. making its way around 4th St and Park Ave.

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In order for all of the weekends' events to run smoothly, Main Street Waterloo is still asking for volunteers.

"As much as there are many of us who want to come out and be in the community together there are still people who are uncomfortable gathering in a crowd, so trying to find those volunteers to help us out and make this a successful event, to make sure people feel safe as they come to the park as they gather with thousands of people," Main Street Waterloo Executive Director Jessica Rucker said.

Rucker says Main Street Waterloo is doing everything they can to make it a safe event. Spacing out vendors, having multiple hand washing and sanitizing stations, and encouraging those who are not vaccinated to wear masks.

She says the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the number of volunteers this year. The organization's website still has over 100 time slots to fill for various positions at the festival.

"You've got those people who are not yet comfortable coming into a crowd who may have typically volunteered. You also have a year that we spent when we didn't go to events, which means there are a lot of people not getting out of the house and going to do things, so this year they want to go do that and they want to participate in the event versus volunteering for them," Rucker said.

There will be a volunteer tent set up on Mulberry and 4th St. where people can go to sign up to volunteer.

If you are interested in volunteering, you can also sign up on the My Waterloo Days website.

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