Lethbridge, Alberta

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Main Library: 5th Ave. S. and 8th St. S. | 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Get Involved

Whether you’re part of an organization or just a good old-fashioned book lover, there have always been opportunities to get involved with The Word On The Street. Read below for the best ways to be a part of the biggest book and magazine festival in Canada.


It takes a lot of volunteers to pull off a successful event, such as Word On The Street and we are looking for your skills, energy and enthusiasm to add to our team for 2016. It’s a great opportunity to be part of such a major festival in Lethbridge and to contribute to your community.


Please see below for the various positions and times that we are looking to fill, as well, stay tuned for changes and additions.


Saturday September 24th, 2016 (Festival Day)

Site set-up  (8-10 Volunteers)

8:00 – 10:00 am

You will be involved with the set-up of:

  • Chairs and tables in exhibitor and author tents
  • Placing and hanging signs
  • Decorations in the tents and the Green Room
  • other things as required


Exhibitor Set-up  (5-6 Volunteers)

 8:00-11:00 am

Your job is to guide exhibitors to their proper booth within the marketplace tents and help them carry items to their space if needed. We will also require some people to direct vehicles while exhibitors are unloading in order to ensure everyone’s safety. This is especially important in the food area as the food trucks/carts can get quite large. You will also be answering any questions they might have.


Walkarounds and Crowd Counting  (8-10 Volunteers)

Shift work: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm; 2:00 – 5:00 pm

You’ll be counting the crowd. The day of the festival you’ll be given a map that shows the different counting zones, as well as, a schedule of when you need to complete the counts.

Other tasks:

  • Encouraging festival guests to participate in upcoming author talks, workshops and activities.
  • Directing festival guests and answering their questions.
  • Handing out programs, survey leaflets and scavenger hunt cards.
  • Answer exhibitor questions.


Face Painting  (10-12 Volunteers)

Shift work: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm; 1:00 – 3:00 pm; 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Face-painting is offered for free to festival guests

Volunteers are asked to work at whatever your skill/comfort level is.


Site Clean-Up  (8-10 Volunteers)

5:00 – 7:00 pm

You will be involved with the clean-up and removal of:

  • Chairs and tables from tents
  • Signage
  • Decorations
  • other things as required


Orientation Meeting

We will be holding an orientation meeting for volunteers for 2016 in the Community Meeting Room of the main branch library. This meeting is optional. We will be going over the individual tasks and answering any questions that you might have. Date is still to be announced for 2016.


For more information on volunteering, please fill out our Volunteer Registration Form here and we will get back to you shortly or contact our event coordinator, Whitney Bullock, by e-mail at whitney@pinktieevents.ca or by phone at 403-795-4330.



As Canada’s largest book and magazine event, The Word On The Street provides you with the opportunity to connect with thousands of avid readers through our Exhibitor Marketplace.


As an exhibitor at Word On The Street, you will take part in a growing signature event for southern Alberta. As the only festival of its kind in the region, the overall mission for the Word On The Street Festival is multi-faceted; first to connect literary arts and literacy to our community, to build bridges across cultures with performances and displays from writers, theatre groups, and storytellers, and finally to ensure that Word On The Street is a festival that represents the diversity of our community and is accessible to everyone. Most importantly, we strive to create a festival that is lively, well attended (over 3000 visitors in 2015) and fun for the entire family. Whether your goal is to create awareness of your business, solicit donations, or sell merchandise, food or beverages, Word On The Street offers a fun and friendly environment for you to meet a diverse audience looking for a new experience.


Are you interested in becoming an exhibitor at this years Word On The Street festival? View our 2016 Exhibitor Package here. Or fill out and submit the Exhibitor Contact Form here and we will contact you shortly with details on how to register.


For more information on becoming an Exhibitor, please contact our event coordinator, Whitney Bullock, by e-mail at whitney@pinktieevents.ca or by phone at 403-795-4330.


We look forward to having you at the festival!