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Help wanted: Riding Stables seeks volunteers for fall events

Volunteers provide the frights at last year’s Frite Nite at the riding stables. Volunteers are needed to once again frighten the community at this year’s event, and also for the Fall Festival. (File Photo)

Volunteers provide the frights at last year’s Frite Nite at the riding stables. Volunteers are needed to once again frighten the community at this year’s event, and also for the Fall Festival. (File Photo)

Published: September 4, 2014

FORT RUCKER, Ala. (September 4, 2014) -- Volunteers have a dramatic impact on the success of Fort Rucker community programs.

When autumn leaves start falling, Aida Stallings, Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation Community Recreation Division business manager, puts out a call for volunteers to help with two of the season’s largest post events.

Last year, Fort Rucker community members turned out in record numbers to the Riding Stables’ Fall Festival and Frite Nite activities. Without the contributions of more than 200 volunteers, the events, attended by nearly 2,000 people, would not have been possible, according to Stallings.

The Children’s Fall Festival, scheduled for Oct. 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the riding stables, features carnival games, bounce houses, pony rides and train rides for Fort Rucker community children. Volunteers are needed to assist in all aspects of the event, including helping children on and off rides and staffing festival activities.

Frite Nite activities begin at 7 p.m. the same day and conclude at 11 p.m. Volunteers are needed for many elements of this popular event, including actors and operations assistants.

“Volunteers play vital roles in these annual events,” Stallings said, “especially those who participate in the various Frite Nite scenarios.”

Between the Haunted Forest and the Barn of Screams, dozens of volunteers dress up in costume to create frightening and fun experiences for adults and children alike. Comments from last year’s events bear this out.

“The best part for me was when we were walking on the trail, and my daughter got turned around and thought the man in front of her was me. Well, when he turned around, it was an actor in a mask and he scared the mess out of her,” said Marty Connoloy, veteran and Enterprise resident, of his 2013 Frite Nite experience. “They put on a great show and they are really professional.”

Volunteers are doing more for their community than just providing a good time, though, Stallings said.

“The proceeds from these fall events help offset our expenses so we can to continue to offer stable patrons reasonable costs for services we provide,” she said. “Our volunteers use their creativity and enthusiasm to ensure everyone who attends these events has a good time.”

Classes interested in volunteering for either the Children’s Fall Festival or Frite Nite events should contact Nancy Rasmussen at 255-2474. Individual volunteers should contact Stallings 598-3384, 279-8229.

This article was originally published at http://www.army.mil/article/133150/

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