The 11th annual Richmond Folk Festival will take place downtown this weekend (October 9-11). The festival celebrates American as well as international folk traditions and is expected to draw around 100,000 people to the downtown Richmond riverfront area over the course of the weekend. The event will feature music, folklife demonstrations, food, children’s programming and more. Over 25 musicians and other artists from around the world will perform at the festival, and many will play multiple sets, giving you ample opportunity to catch your favorite acts. Best of all, the entire event is free to the public.
In addition to the impressive musical lineup, other highlights of the festival include a large family area with its own stage and a folklife craft area with attractions like oyster shucking and a youth banjo competition. A marketplace will feature vendors selling handcrafted and traditional items from across the country as well as official festival merchandise.
The logistics for an event of this size are mind-boggling. It takes months of intense planning and preparation to make sure that the whole weekend runs smoothly. And as a free event, the RFF also depends on volunteers to make it all happen. Over 1500 volunteers help to install tents and stages, sell food and merchandise, monitor safety, give directions, and just about anything else you could think of. Truly, volunteers can make or break the festival.
While not many attorneys are needed on the RFF volunteer staff, volunteering is also a major tenet of the legal profession. Attorneys perform pro bono work as a way of giving back to the community. In fact, the American Bar Association recommends that every attorney to at least 50 hours of pro bono work every year.
Here at Geoff McDonald and Associates, we take volunteering seriously, and we’re constantly looking for ways to give back to the community. Beyond our daily work to help people who are hurting in real ways from work related injuries or the negligence of others, we are involved with the Oscar Mike Foundation, Kanawa and Benedictine youth football, Child Adoptive Foundation, Students Day at the Capitol, BothHands.org, Richmond Opportunities, Inc. and—you guessed it—the Richmond Folk Festival.
The Richmond Folk Festival still needs volunteers for this year’s event. Visit their volunteer page if you’d like to help out.
By Todd H. Ranson, Esq.
Photos courtesy of Richmond Folk Festival