Zionsville Street Dance 2019 drew people of all ages to dance — and families to volunteer.
Endless Summer Band played three sets Saturday night, Aug. 3, on Main Street. People of all ages came out to the dance area for a mix of slow, group, and individual dances.
The master of ceremonies was former executive director of the Zionsville Chamber of Commerce, Ray Cortopassi.
The dance is a fundraiser for the Zionsville Chamber of Commerce to help keep costs low for other events, including Christmas in the Village, and to help other businesses keep doors open, Lin Moormann, executive director of the Zionsville chamber, said.
Seating was set up behind the dance area for those who wished to enjoy the music without cutting a rug.
Vendors were spread out on the street, and a children’s area included inflatable activities.
About 8,000 people attended last year. The dance is the largest event the Zionsville chamber hosts, Rachel Vining, event manager of the Zionsville chamber, said.
Large events call for loads of volunteers.
The majority of volunteers are chamber members, family and friends, Moormann said.
About 80 volunteers at Saturday’s event took tickets, gathered trash, handed out wristbands and more.
This event is a nice way to get to know chamber members and their families, Moormann said.
Of those volunteers, some were couples, or families serving together.
Chamber members, Angelene and McKeel Bowden, were serving their second year at the check-in station Saturday.
Volunteering gives them the opportunity to meet people in the community, McKeel Bowden said, adding that they love and support what the chamber does and want them to have a successful event.
Another couple was also volunteering for a second year.
Frank and Cheryl Gardner volunteered last year to support the Zionsville band, Cheryl Gardner said.
“We live in town and thought we would help," Frank Gardner said. Cheryl Gardner added, “We get to see everybody here.”
Volunteers received free T-shirts and admission to the dance.
“Next year, we are planning on doing some new stuff. We might need some more volunteers. We couldn’t do this event without our volunteers,” Moormann said.