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Organizers seeking sponsors, volunteers

Last May, East Brainerd’s biggest community festival, HubFest, drew in more than 4,000 attendees and helped outfit Heritage Park with five new benches and a lighted flagpole.

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A young Hubfest attendee participates in one of the many activities available at the all-day family friendly event. This year’s festival will feature a wide variety of music, arts and activities.

This year the event’s planning committee hopes to repeat the free festival’s success with the help of local sponsors, volunteers and interns.

“In addition to providing this annual event to our neighbors and friends, our goal this year is to furnish the park with more benches and to begin working toward a state of the art amphitheater for all to enjoy at Heritage Park,” said planning committee chairwoman Annie Maguire.

From low-level opportunities to a corporate stage sponsorship, she said there are ways for local businesses to get involved on any level. This year’s festival will be May 11 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and will feature the themes of “God and Country, Diversity and Mothers.”

Since the family-focused festival’s inception in 2007, planning committee members estimate that the event and the Friends of East Brainerd group that sponsors the event have raised as much as $20,000 for the park and surrounding area.

The group’s new goal to bring an amphitheater could cost anywhere from $50,000 to $150,000, said Chattanooga Parks and Recreation Director of Parks Glenn Sheppard.

All of the festival’s proceeds will go directly to Heritage Park and the Heritage House.

In addition to ample sponsorship opportunities, Maguire said there will be plenty of volunteer opportunities and she hopes to make volunteering a pleasant experience for those who participate.

For more information about sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, contact her at anniemaguire@comcast.net.

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