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Our view: Importance of volunteers at larger events

This month's Lewis and Clark Journal has a special section previewing the upcoming Three Forks NRA Rodeo and Rodeo Dayz celebration.

The section in our sister publication is an excellent opportunity to read more about upcoming events and highlight many outstanding businesses in the Three Forks area.

With the popular event scheduled to take place later this month, it is also important to remember all the people who volunteer. Without all the hard-working volunteers, events like this could not happen. So, thank you to everyone behind the scenes who spent months planning the events and those who came out and spent a few hours ensuring things ran smoothly. Every little bit helps.

Events like parades, vendor markets, and stick horse derbies are always popular, but they wouldn't happen without people helping.

With the events nearing, there is still time to contact the Chamber or Rodeo Board officials to see if they could use help with anything. Even a few hours of donated time can go a long way.

In the past, I have helped with the chamber events during Rodeo Dayz, which was a rewarding experience. I spent a few hours helping the then-chamber Executive Director with the parade and checking in vendors, and it was time well spent. It brought a smile to my face to see things running smoothly and helping with whatever I could.

It's sure to be another excellent rodeo weekend in Three Forks. Volunteering at the events is a great way to give back if you have a few hours to spare.

Now that we're entering the summer, it's also an excellent opportunity to recognize the efforts of area volunteer firefighters. As temperatures rise, the risk of fire increases, and time and time again, these volunteers step up for the betterment of the Three Forks area.

The same can be said for all the great volunteers with the Three Forks Area Ambulance Service.

It can be difficult to think about calling 911 because of a fire or a medical emergency, but it's nice to know some dedicated volunteers will show up. While a core group volunteers for both services, they could also use more help. I can't think of a better way to give back to the community.