En Fuego in need of volunteers

Published 9:39 am Thursday, June 19, 2008

“It’s not about the show. It’s about [people] being receptive to what they hear,” radio personality Rick Burgess told a crowd of supporters and would-be supporters of the upcoming Christian music festival, En Fuego.

Burgess was referring to the popular daily radio show he co-hosts with Bill “Bubba” Bussey, “The Rick & Bubba Show,” but his comments could very well apply to En Fuego itself.

While loud music, popular bands and food are not the ultimate purpose behind En Fuego, they do create a comfortable atmosphere wherein teenagers and other age groups might be more receptive to the Gospel. The 170 decisions that were made during last year’s event speak for themselves.

The intention of yesterday’s luncheon/fundraiser was to inform members of the community about the festival and to let them know how they can get involved.

Burgess put it simple: “Harvest plenty, workers few,” he said, pointing out that last year there was only one counselor per 10 people.

Training to be a counselor is one of the many ways people can get involved in En Fuego.

“That’s a bigger concern than anything else right now,” Burgess said, adding that hundreds of volunteers are needed each year to help prepare the site, run concessions, clean up, and help fulfill countless other needs.

Pledge cards were passed out yesterday for those who wished to become financial supporters of En Fuego, which relies totally on community support each year in order to keep the event free.

En Fuego is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 23 from noon until 9 p.m. Gates will open at 11 a.m. The festival is held in a natural amphitheater located near Verbena off County Road 23.

Scheduled bands are Barlow Girl, Family Force 5, DecembeRadio, KJ52, Thalon, Wavorly, Chasen, Candlefuse and Burnin Bush. This year’s speaker is Tony Nolan, and Jon Walden of WDJC will emcee the event.

For more information, visit www.enfuegoinfo.com.