Portola Railroad Days needs your support! This will be Portola’s 36th annual Railroad Days festival; a free community event to celebrate the end of summer with a parade, concerts and events for kids and adults alike.
This year has seen a dramatic decrease in volunteers and not just with Railroad Days. Service organizations throughout the area cite lack of volunteers for hampering efforts to support their charitable projects. Many vendors are reaching an age where they are retiring and/or leaving the area to be closer to family and in some cases leaving California entirely to relocate to a more financially advantageous state.
Additionally, all vendors and community organizations must have appropriate insurance coverage and this is proving to be an ever-increasing hurdle. Please come out and support YOUR community to keep this festival alive.
While the city of Portola funds the behind-the-scenes public works aspects, i.e. all venue expenses, staffing for street closures and traffic direction; funding for all other activities comes exclusively from donations. Many sponsors are reluctant to provide support due to a downturn in their own business, competition amongst organizations for every donated dollar, looking for a hard return on their investment and providing community support isn’t enough justification.
Portola Railroad Days thanks its continuing annual supporters: Sierra Promotions, Lost Sierra Chamber of Commerce, Graeagle Lions Club, Leonard’s Market, Pete Rhode Sound & PA and Bordertown.
Instead of competing against each other, we ask that service organizations wishing to hold a fundraiser raffle during the 2018 Portola Railroad Days consider participating in our Bucket Raffle. Add your community service or fund-raising organization to the raffle and add to the fun.
Service organizations collect prizes for their bucket(s) and of course make them as attractive as possible. Whether it’s a fabulous looking enormous basket of special goodies or a collection of certificates for a spa weekend — only limited by your imagination! All prizes will be on display in the information booth during the event along with their associated bucket. The better the prize, the more tickets WE sell, and the more tickets YOU get in your bucket.
Individuals can buy tickets from any participating organization or from the information booth during Portola Railroad Days. Service organizations turn all ticket sales and unused tickets in to the event committee. Individuals place tickets in the bucket or buckets corresponding to the prizes they want to win. One ticket is drawn from each bucket to win that prize and service organizers reap the benefits based on the number of tickets in their bucket(s). The money is distributed back dollar per ticket based on the accumulated number of tickets in each bucket. And of course, we have customized raffle tickets available solely for use in our bucket raffle.
What can you do to help? We ask that individuals consider donating their time — even an hour or two makes a difference. Volunteers are needed from now until the days of the event and range from vendor check-in, information booth coverage, parade check-in, sign posting, to flyer distribution.
Most importantly, come out Friday and Saturday, Aug. 24 and 25, to support your community, the city, and Eastern Plumas County by enjoying our great little park, some great music and family fun. And be sure to join us on Sunday, Aug. 26 for the Willie Tate Memorial Run/Walk for charity!