GILLETTE, Wyo. — Volunteers are still needed for the 2022 National High School Finals Rodeo.
Shifts are available throughout the event, which runs from July 17 through July 23 at the CAM-PLEX in Gillette. There are also some shifts available July 14-16. The rodeo, a family-friendly event, includes 13 rodeo performances and more than 1,650 contestants. There will also be a large vendor tradeshow, a queen contest and a shooting competition.
Director of Sales and Marketing Keith Howard said the most challenging shifts to fill are the overnight shifts. They’re also particularly looking for volunteers to help with trade show door monitoring, golf carts and horse check-in.
The volunteer signup webform shows that other volunteer opportunities include helping spectators find seating, monitoring gate access at Morningside Park and East Pavilion, and checking paperwork on horses as a bookkeeper volunteer. Volunteers can also assist contestants staying in the RV parks by logging their arrival, leading them to their assigned parking site and telling them general information about the community.
“This event relies heavily upon volunteers and could not succeed without them,” event organizers said on the website. “We are extremely grateful for you giving your time to help us at this exciting event. We hope you find your time with us an enjoyable experience and we look forward to providing you with a positive experience for many years to come.”
Each volunteer gets a T-shirt to wear on shift and then keep. For every eight hours of work, a volunteer will receive two tickets to any rodeo performance, except the Saturday night one. There will be snacks and water for volunteers on duty, Howard said.
Volunteers must attend a training for each area they volunteer in and an emergency management training. Training for the trade show duties, apart from the universally required emergency management training, is simply done at the beginning of a volunteer’s shift. Trainings, which are a half hour long, will take place the evenings of July 10, 11 and 12. Anyone who can’t attend any of the scheduled training sessions can work with event coordinators to make other arrangements to ensure they are prepared for their duties.
There will also be a party for volunteers at Grinners and Axe House from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. July 24 with food, a cash bar and thank you gifts.
“We’re looking forward to toasting all of them at the party,” Howard said.
To learn more, visit www.cam-plex.com/p/nhsfr/volunteers. To sign up for one or more shifts, visit that website and click the red “VOLUNTEER NOW” text link.