Ohio Village Opening Day


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Sat May 27, 2017, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM


800 E. 17th Ave.Columbus, OH 43211


The Ohio History Center is looking for volunteers to assist in various roles at the Ohio Village Opening Day event, held in the Ohio Village, focused on the mosaic of arts and culture that make up Ohio. Our opening day this year focuses on a 1890's style carnival - featuring some aspects of a side show - strong man/woman; fortune tellers, dancer of mystery, 19th century style clown, cabinet of curiosities and more.

Village green game assistant- Lead games on the green with our visitors. The games include rolling hoops, tug of war, stilts, and possibly other games. Show visitors how to play the games and be a presence in order to ensure games are played safely. May possibly require period costume.
Car Assistant- Assist our visitors getting in and out of a reproduction car (non-costumed role)
Tricycle Assistant-Oversee guests riding our reproduction Tricycle (non-costumed role)
Horse and Wagon Assistants- Assist with our horse and wagon rides (non-costumed role)
Beverage assistants- Assist with soda & Beer sales (must be 21 or over and a non-costumed role)
Costumed volunteers- Assist in Ohio Village buildings
Cotton Candy sales- Make and sell Cotton Candy throughout day (non-costumed role)
Emporium sales assistants- Assist with sales in the Emporium (non-costumed role)
Gatehouse assistants-Man the temporary village gatehouse (non-costumed role)
Various roles-to be determined

Skills Required:
Language Skills:Be able to answer visitors questions
Mathematical Skills: If selling Cotton Candy, must be able to handle monetary transactions
Technical Skills: If needed, may need to use walkies

Time Commitment:
Saturday, May 27 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Available to give at least 2-3 hour shifts

Work Environment:
You will be working in an outdoor historic village. Our anticipated audience (families) could be over 800 people. You will be assisting with logistics for up to 30-40 vendors. You have to be comfortable working with large crowds.

Physical Demands:
Lots of walking and moving around to assist our vendors. May need to move some light weight 6 ft. tables. This is an outdoor event so you may need to work in inclement weather

Age Requirement:
14 and up
21 and up (beer and soda sales)


  • Outdoor Recreation
  • People Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Storytelling
  • Public Speaking
  • Multi-Tasking

Good Match For

Teens People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 14
  • 10am-5pm

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