From Volunteer to Board President

When I moved to the city, I was unemployed. Months of unsuccessful job hunting got boring, so I called up a few nonprofits I knew of and asked if I could come help out. Folsom was the one who was organized enough to call me back and find work for me to do. Demetri started me on filing, mailing, and hanging no-parking signs. Within a few weeks, I was moved up to writing a safer-sex article for the program guide and helping organize the newly formed women’s area. The board members insisted that I not volunteer on fair day - they said I had to go enjoy the fair, since I’d never been before! And, they said I’d be volunteering for years to come, so I’d better go enjoy it now!

I loved my first Folsom. It was incredible to see hundreds of thousands of leather folk out in the streets, in their leathers (and rubber and puppy tails and corsets), proudly and joyously celebrating their kinks. Within a few months, I had joined on as a board associate for recycling - now called the Green Team, as we recycle and compost the vast majority of refuse from the fairs. I joined the board as a full member within a few years and became secretary and then vice president. Now, seven years after I first called Folsom, I’m proud to be serving as the president of the board. I’m excited for all the extras we’re adding this year for the 30th anniversary - especially the expanded artists’ area, with - my favorite - a hook suspension performance!

Rae, San Francisco
Board President

My name is Mercedes I'm 28 year's old and I live in Santa Cruz , CA
This is at Folsom 2011 it was my first year, I had a blast and I felt at
home 

"No matter where I have been or what I have done, I always come home to Folsom." Liliane Hunt, San Francisco, CA 

"No matter where I have been or what I have done, I always come home to Folsom."

Liliane Hunt, San Francisco, CA 

Folsom Street Events would like you to submit your memories of the past 30 years at Folsom Street Fair: stories, photos and videos. We are looking for you to show us what Folsom means to you. Why you have been an attendee, beneficiary, volunteer or sponsor.

What to submit:

  • A photo, or video, of you at the Folsom Street Fair. Photos must be .jpg format and videos in .mov. Please include your name (as you wish it displayed on the web), city and age (optional). We suggest including a caption for your photo/video. Videos should be no longer than 3 minutes. Videos can be of you, and your friends talking about your experiences at Folsom Street Fair and what it means to you or original footage of you at the fair.
  • A story, essay, or poem of 500 words, or less. Feel free to submit photos, too. Please include your name (as you wish it displayed on the web), city and age (optional).

Chosen entries will be shared on folsomstreetevents.org, Facebook, and Twitter. By submitting your piece, you agree to the following: 

  • You are turning ownership rights over to Folsom Street Events for use in future publicity (e.g., web, print, etc.). 
  • Folsom Street Events does not owe compensation of any kind (cash or otherwise) for any entries submitted.
  • You acknowledge that the materials submitted are your own work and that you have permission of all parties featured in any photos, stories, and/or videos.

Please email entries or dropbox links to robert.moore@folsomstreetevents.org.

Folsom Street Events reserves the right to refuse any entry.

Folsom is about community, where all walks of life, old, young, gay, straight, American or from other countries can come together and celebrate our uniqueness together. Joel. Atlanta, GA 

Folsom is about community, where all walks of life, old, young, gay, straight, American or from other countries can come together and celebrate our uniqueness together.

Joel. Atlanta, GA