Frontier Days needs volunteers

Frontier Days 2013 will be the biggest the city has seen yet, according to Kerk Friday, committee chairman.

“We’ve got a little bit of everything,” Friday said. “(Fort Museum Director) Alan Schaefer has done an outstanding job of lining up a lot of people to go into the buildings this year at the Fort Museum.”

This year’s Frontier Days will feature craftsmen and tradesmen, including a 19th century-era furniture maker and a tinsmith.

“We’ll have a print shop gentleman there. We’ll have a gentleman making pottery,” Friday said. “We’ll have a gentleman doing blacksmithing. We’ll have the Second Battery Iowa Light Artillery there, which is going to be cool. I want to see the cannons go off.”

Also featured will be quilting, a 19th century-era pastor, a Civil War-era doctor and the Ghost Garrison.

“There’s quite a bit of stuff, actually, lined up to fit the era and the time period,” Friday said. “We also have the traditional Frontier Days stuff.”

The event, though, does still need volunteers.

“We need people to help us with the parade, very much so,” Friday said. “People to help on the grounds, inflatables. Just keep an eye on things, very simple jobs. We need a couple of people to give a couple hours of their time and help us out.”

Friday said volunteering offers a great sense of community involvement.

“There’s not enough of it,” he said. “Almost all of the organizations in town are looking for help. That’s why we all do it, for the community.”

Participating in Frontier Days is also fun, Friday said.

“It’s a blast,” he said. “I love doing it. I surround myself with friends and good people. It’s fun, because I like working with everyone and helping the community. It’s like throwing a big party for the city.”

To volunteer for Frontier Days, contact Friday at 571-7293 or by visiting

Frontier Days is May 31-June 2 at the Fort Museum.