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Volunteers & Sponsors

Board of Directors

  • Connie Olson, President 

  • Lisa Krebs, Vice President

  • Teresa Wager, Treasurer

Steering Committee

  • Connie Olson, Chair

  • Joshua Canaday, KEVN

  • Jill Eisenbraun

  • Nancy Krebs

  • Karen Malone

  • Steve Malone

  • Gwen Markham

  • Brianna Nelson

  • Sgt. Ryan Phillips, Rapid City Police Department


The Festival of Lights wouldn't be as successful as it is without the support and dedication of our sponsors. The sponsors of the 2023 Festival of Lights include:

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Guidelines For Volunteers

  • The parade will be held in Rapid City on November 25, 2023 (the Saturday after Thanksgiving) starting at 6 p.m.

  • Volunteers are needed to assist with securing the parade route and crowd control. A pre-parade meeting is held at 2 p.m. We are typically finished with all aspects of the parade by 8:30 p.m. The minimum age to volunteer for the Festival of Lights is 16 years old.

  • A strong personality is required to be able to maintain assigned post while politely, yet assertively, guiding traffic, parade participants, and parade crowd. You are representing the Festival of Lights! Safety is of the utmost of importance!

  • Assigned posts are in the staging area and along the parade route.

  • Dress in warm layers and be sure to include warm shoes, gloves, and a cap.

  • Bring a working flashlight and cell phone.

  • Wear assigned Festival of Lights orange vest.

  • You are allowed to bring hot liquids and snack food for personal use.

  • Absolutely no alcohol allowed.

  • If assigned a radio, maintain radio silence unless communication is required.

  • Stay at assigned post until released by Festival of Lights committee person.

  • Turn in assigned vest and radio directly to Festival of Lights committee person.


Contact Connie Olson at with questions or to volunteer.

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