Banks – It’s a refrain anyone involved in volunteerism knows all too well – “It’s always the same people, and we’re working all day long.”
That’s what Brenda Herinckx, president of the Banks Sunset Park Association, says about the volunteers who set up and tear down the popular Banks BBQ Truck and Tractor Pull every August.
“That is rough,” she says.
This year’s event will be held at Sunset Park from Friday, August 17 to Sunday, August 19.
A handful of volunteers are needed still, says Herinckx, and there are many ways that the community can pitch in.
Volunteers are always needed to work shifts at the concession stand, and the BBQ beef stand could use some help on Sunday. Closer to the event, there may be open slots for beer servers in the beer garden as well.
Do you have a keen eye for flair and style? The Banks Parade is in need of a judge to select winning parade floats (look for the Banks Post entry this year!) on Sunday morning.
And last, but certainly not least, the large event, which draws thousands to Banks every year, needs a crew to help set the event up on Friday, August 17, and tear it down on Monday, August 20.
Volunteers will receive an annual BBQ shirt, and recognition at a volunteer appreciation potluck dinner on Wednesday, August 29, held at 6:30 p.m. at Sunset Park. The association will provide dinner and drinks; attendees are asked to bring a side dish.
Those interested in volunteering can email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (503) 324-9488.
Proceeds from the Banks BBQ Truck and Tractor Pull benefit the Banks Sunset Park Association, a nonprofit volunteer organization founded in the 1940’s that supports youth and community activities by maintaining the largest park in Banks city limits, which is used by various organizations and sports teams as a meeting and sporting event location.
The Banks Post is proud to be the official newspaper of the 2018 Banks BBQ Truck and Tractor Pull. Watch bankspost.com/2018-banks-bbq for all of this year’s coverage.