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Published July 15, 2010, 09:31 AM

Fargo Street Fair: Volunteers play a critical role

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Again and again Fargo asks its people to step up and help out. Volunteers played a critical role in the flood fight, the Fargo Marathon and other community events. And the street fair is no different. As thousands visit the Fargo street fair, it takes hundreds to make sure they have a great experience.

Before a steady stream of crowds floods Fargo's downtown, clean up crews are already at work filling a five hour shift. These members of the F-M Acro Team are known for their splits and flips, but today it's about sweeps, but maybe even a little fun?

Between cleaners and crossing guards, nearly 300 hundred volunteers will turnout over the next three days.

“It's been busy from the get go.”

As the crowd grows, Marlene Freeman steps in to make sure fair goers remain free of injury. Volunteer groups raise money for their organizations. Fair coordinators say they wouldn't be able to put on the fair without them and are happy to pay the roughly 1-thousand dollars per group per day.

“On a gorgeous day like this, even the cleaners and the whistleblowers enjoy a day at the fair.”

One of the largest groups of volunteers is from First Presbyterian Church in downtown Fargo.

They bring more than 100 people.