Duluth Airshow Giving Back To Volunteers

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: July 08, 2018 10:41 PM

DULUTH- The Duluth Airshow gets help from hundreds of volunteers who put in time to help the show's success.

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"If we didn't have the volunteers, we couldn’t put the show on. There’s just no way that we could do all this without them," Janeanna Swor, a Duluth Airshow volunteer coordinator, said.

Volunteers give back with their efforts and the airshow makes sure to give back to them as well.

"We're raising money for the Proctor boys basketball team to get them all new warm ups, new pants, new jacket, and a new basketball bag," Nicole Dumars, a volunteer, said.

Kelly Larson, a volunteer, was raising funds for her school’s dance team.

"The funds that we get here from volunteering goes towards our costumes," Larson said.

The airshow provides an opportunity for clubs, teams, charities and non-profit organizations to receive funds from the event's protected group fund. The fund gives volunteers a financial contribution.

"I have a dance line over here and those girls make me tired just looking at them because they're just having so much fun with the people, it’s great," Swor said.

Up to 500 volunteers help each day of the airshow to keep it running smoothly.

"The show and the interaction with the people. It’s just fun volunteering and helping out in any way I can," Larson said.

"We got to see some of the planes. It’s fun helping people serve food and it’s been a good time," Alex Jahoula, a volunteer from Proctor’s High School basketball team, said.

The volunteers build connections and make new friends along the ride.

"It's a great bonding time. These kids get to work together in a different capacity than they would playing on the team so it’s pretty fun to see them taking orders," Dumars said.

"I love having it with anyone I know and even those that we meet through the volunteering. By the end of it you get to know them as if you've known them for years," Larson said.

The perks that come with volunteering at the airshow are hard to resist.

"We feed you lunch, you get a t-shirt and you get to see the show for free," Swor said.

If you want to sign up to volunteer for Duluth's Airshow, email


Alejandra Palacios

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