Volunteer shortage could derail multicultural Friendship Fest event; key Zoom meeting Jan. 18.

The Pelican Rapids multicultural “Friendship Festival” is at a crossroads. 

The popular event for nearly two decades, was revived a few years ago but the planning for the 2022 event needs to begin in the winter, and volunteers are in dire need. The Friendship Festival has been a celebration of the community’s ethnic diversity, and features a wide range of entertainment. 

Planning, lining up entertainment, food, sound engineers, dance floor, arts and crafts will begin this month, if there is sufficient volunteer support. 

“Big decision time. Do we want to have a Friendship Festival in Pelican Rapids this year?” That was the message delivered by Joan Jarvis Ellison recently.

The next Multicultural meeting is Tuesday, January 18 at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom. If there isn’t enough volunteer commitment at that meeting to do the planning, the event will be canceled.

“We all enjoy the great food, the amazing music and dance, the kids’ activities, the time to chat with friends we don’t see very often… but we can’t do it without lots of volunteers—both on Friendship Festival day, but also beginning this month with planning,” wrote Joan in a message to volunteers. 

“I really believe that Friendship Festival is important to our community. If Friendship Festival is important to you and your family either contact me with an offer to help with planning, or make a point of attending the meeting on January 18,” the contact information for Joan is joan.jarvis.ellison@gmail.com

Telephone: 218-863-5904.