Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Volunteers Needed for Prairie Days

Prairie Days, Darke County Parks’ largest event of the year, can’t happen without the generous support of the community. Hundreds of volunteers give their time and resources throughout the year, and Prairie Days is no exception. On the weekend of September 29th and 30th the Darke County Park District will host its annual Prairie Days festival at Shawnee Prairie Preserve at 4267 St. Rt. 502 West near Greenville.

The park staff is still in need of help to make this festival run smoothly. As in the past, the festival will include children’s crafts, horse and wagon rides, apple butter cooking demonstration, food and craft vendors, historical interpreters, a farm animal petting zoo and many other free, fun, and family friendly activities. We are looking for individuals or groups who would like to help with parking festival attendees. The children’s craft tent has many opportunities including dipping candles, making rag dolls, and more. The horse and wagon ride needs an attendant to help festival goers on and off the wagon, and the sorghum press needs volunteers to help squeeze out the sweet juice. These are just a few of the volunteer opportunities available during this exciting festival event!

If you are interested in any of these jobs or need to log some community service hours before graduation, please give Karan Hoschouer a call at (937) 548-0165 or email her at For more information about Prairie Days in general, call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165 or visit the website at

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