By VINCE TROIA
With the entertainment lineup set and the vendors signed up, organizers of the 42nd Annual Bellevue Picnic have just one more item to check off their list: event volunteers.
This year’s picnic, hosted by the Bellevue Harpeth Chamber of Commerce and presented by Nashville Christian School, is a daylong event on Saturday, May 18. Volunteers are needed for shifts on Friday, May 17 as well.
Shifts usually run three or four hours, and include helping in merchandise and food tents, with children’s activities, or with set-up, tear-down, and clean-up tasks. Stage hands and ticket sales help also are needed. To view the volunteer opportunities, and to sign up, visit: https://1l.ink/8R7DPH2.
“Have a few hours to spare? We need volunteers,” said Amy Napoli, the chamber’s CEO. “It really does take a village to put this event together for the community.”
Napoli encouraged students who need to fulfill community service obligations to consider signing up.
All volunteers will receive a voucher that can be used at any food truck, a free lemonade at the Nashville Squeeze booth, and two free “At Home in Bellevue” prints.
The picnic this year will be held in the recreational fields behind Bellevue Middle School, 655 Colice Jeanne Road. The event begins at 10 a.m. with a ribbon cutting and ends after a 9 p.m. fireworks display, presented by American Contractors and the Nashville Predators.
Volunteer shifts start as early as 6:15 a.m. on Saturday. Friday afternoon volunteers are needed to help set up, especially between 2 and 8 p.m.
“We thank everyone for the willingness to help with the picnic,” said Jill Dukeshier, this year’s volunteer coordinator. “This year’s event is going to be bigger and better than ever.”
For several years now the event has drawn 10,000-12,000 visitors each year.
Food trucks, a kids’ carnival, inflatables, pony rides, live entertainment, myriad vendors, and arts & crafts events fill the schedule.
The traditional offering of free watermelon for all eventgoers will be provided this year by Landon Lyon, Jeremy Blount, Matt Lowney and, Jad Duncan.
For more information about the picnic, call the Chamber at (615) 662-2737 or visit its website at https://bellevueharpethchamber.com.