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Volunteers needed for Cider Swig festival

Volunteers are needed for the Cider Swig, the second annual Greater Peninsula Cider Festival in Gig Harbor.

There are six areas available to volunteers, including the Cider Garden, the Cider Sales Tent, the Tickets ‘n Tokens booth, the Kids Apple Zone, site and safety crew and the information volunteer/vendor headquarters.

All Cider Festival volunteers will receive a discounted ticket at $18, a festival T-shirt, a $5 voucher for food and an invitation to the Volunteer Appreciation event.

The Cider Swig will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Sehmel Homestead Park, 10123 78th Ave NW, Gig Harbor.

The event will feature 23 Northwest cidermakers and more than 80 different ciders, along with music, food and activities for children.

“We’ve tried hard to make this a family fun event and accessible for everybody,” said Julie Gustanski, chairperson for the Cider Swig. “Part of the original idea behind the festival was to do an event different than anything in the south Puget Sound region, something family centered and family business friendly.”

According to Gustanski, event planners this year have worked to expand the Kids Apple Zone to include activities for ages 11 to 18, doubling the area in size. The Zone provides a 30-minute drop-off area to allow parents to visit the Cider Garden.

The event is free for anyone under 21 or not interested in visiting the Cider Garden, she said.

“In just a couple years we’ve become the largest cider centered festival not run by the Northwest Cider Organization,” Gustanski said, adding that the festival has nearly doubled in size in two years. “There’s been a huge resurgence in interest in cider in the last few years.”

An orientation and training meeting will be held for volunteers the week of the event.

For more information on the Cider Swig or to register to volunteer, visit