Volunteers sought to help with Corvette event
CHAMPAIGN — Visit Champaign County is looking for a few more volunteers to help the Bloomington Gold Corvette Show run smoothly this weekend.
Specifically, the visitors bureau is seeking people who can help Corvette drivers park in downtown Champaign on Saturday evening.
"We were hoping for approximately 60 volunteers," said Jayne DeLuce, chief executive officer of Visit Champaign County. "I want to say we have 38 to 40, but we could use more."
Volunteers will help participants in Saturday's GoldTour caravan to park on lots and streets in downtown Champaign for a street fest held in conjunction with the Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival.
The volunteers are scheduled to work from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, but some could finish early, depending on where they're stationed, DeLuce said.
The last training session for volunteers is Thursday evening. Those who want to volunteer but haven't signed up yet should contact the bureau at 351-4133 or email Cory Hatfield, the bureau's sales and sports director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DeLuce said volunteers will receive a shirt, a meal pass and a pass to the Bloomington Gold show, which takes place on parking lots around State Farm Center from Friday to Sunday.
The convergence on downtown Champaign follows the GoldTour procession of Corvettes, which begins at State Farm Center at 6 p.m.
The unofficial parade — which is expected to include more than 1,000 Corvettes — goes south on First Street, west on Windsor Road, south on Duncan Road, west on Curtis Road, north on Staley Road and west on Illinois 10 to Monticello.
The Corvettes will then loop around the town square before heading back to Champaign on Illinois 10.
DeLuce said Visit Champaign County needs volunteers only on Saturday evening because most people working the event at State Farm Center are either State Farm Center staff, Bloomington Gold staff or vendors.
The visitors bureau will have volunteers at a community welcome booth, but most of those will be visitors bureau board members and others knowledgeable about the area, DeLuce said.
The Corvette show, which has a 40-year history, is expected to attract about 3,500 Corvettes and as many as 35,000 people this year — its first year in Champaign-Urbana.