Eugene Sunday Streets seeks volunteers

EUGENE, Ore. - It's that time of year again: Eugene Sunday Streets returns to the downtown area later this month.

But event coordinator Emily Farthing says they still need volunteers to sign up now.

"You're kind of the event cheerleader," she said. "You're cheering people along on the route. You're also helping the flow of traffic."

Farthing expects more than 6,000 people to show up downtown for the 4 hour event on Sunday, July 26.

They will need roughly 250 volunteers to help direct traffic, answer questions and celebrate Eugene, she said.

"Sidewalk chalk artists are encouraged to come down and show off their skills," Farthing said. "We encourage costumes. Just having everyone come down and have a good time downtown!"

Broadway will be closed for 11 blocks from Monroe Park to the Park Blocks. Traffic will be able to pass through three points: Washington Street, Jefferson Street, and one lane of Oak Street.

Free yoga, music, a scavenger hunt and a BMX display by Dave Nori will all be available, along with a beer garden at Kesey Square.

"Live music, hula hooping, different scavenger hunts and raffle prizes to give away," said Farthing. "Just a lot of fun for the family. And it's all entirely free."

They've also added more music this year. "Having three stages this year is just going to fill downtown with music," Farthing said.

New this year are the dunk tank and slip and slide.

You can nominate people you'd like to see get dunked online.

You can also find a schedule of events and sign up to volunteer on the website.

The second Eugene Sunday Streets event will take place in the Friendly neighborhood from noon to 4 pm on September 20. These events are sponsored by The City of Eugene, area businesses and nonprofits, and private donations.

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