The Intensity of a Festival
It starts off slow. You begin by creating schedules and sending them out to ensure proper coverage of events. Then you make phones to get people to the events. There's the organization of the events and the detailed planning surrounding it all. Suddenly before you know it, it's two days before and your packing bags for the volunteers and starting set up.
Each day begins a little earlier and you start to question why you thought working at a children's festival was a good idea in the first place. The energy from the volunteers and the staff is contagious and you embrace it.
Day two you get sunburned while covering lunches. It burns deep into your shoulder blades. But you managed to do the Mad Hatter's Tea Party and the Maypole surrounded with children and enjoy yourself.
There's buffalo's, ducks, and jumping on fire extinguishers. Cart surfing is a favorite pastime and jokes about Fred and Skeleton. By the end of the week everyone is talking to him and he's starting to talk back.
At the end of the week exhaustion is at a high, but the shows are over, the party and after party have ended and it's time to sleep.
(This was my first time as part of Calgary International Children's Festival. It was a lot of fun and I am so thankful to the amazing staff at the festival for making me a part of their team! Someday I hope to find another group of amazing people to work full-time with! You could feel their passion and excitement! It is an amazing environment when you are surrounded by people who love what they do, even when there are fires to be put out!)