Volunteering for the 2019 Folks Festival

We are now accepting volunteers for the 2019 Folks Festival. After carefully reading through this page, proceed to the new online volunteer application via the link at the bottom of this page. Thanks for your interest, volunteers are the BEST!

We are in full swing preparing for the 29th Annual Folks Festival. Part of what makes all of our festivals magical are the folks that volunteer to help us out. Each volunteer contributes their time and energy during the festival in exchange for a 3-day festival pass.

RockyGrass tarp rush
Planet Bluegrass Ranch

Volunteers represent Planet Bluegrass to thousands of Festivarians. If the thought of remaining sober during your shifts bums you out, volunteering is not for you. If greeting and helping Festivarians does seem like something you want to do, then we would love for you to be part of our team!

Volunteer Changes for 2019

For 2019, we're excited to introduce a new online volunteer application process which will allow you to access all your volunteer information online, including the status of your application and your shift schedule. To help us insure a full volunteer team, this year we're also requiring everyone to buy a reimbursable ticket in order to volunteer. (This ticket will be reimbursed after you fulfill your volunteer duties.) We appreciate your understanding of this new requirement, and as always, we welcome your feedback on the new volunteer process.

Eligibility & Requirements

Cancellation Deadline Dates & Fees

We understand that sometimes plans change and you are unable to volunteer. You may cancel anytime before Tuesday, July 16, 2019 with no cancelation fee.

Folks Fest Volunteer FAQ’s

 
Is camping included?
Camping is NOT included, but we will have several camping areas available. You can purchase tickets over the phone or via our website as long as camping is still available.
Planet Bluegrass dumpsters
Festival staff
 
Can my children accompany me while volunteering?
We need your full attention during your scheduled volunteer shifts. So no, children may not accompany you during your volunteer shifts. They are welcome at the festival and in the campgrounds.
Can I see my favorite band?
We’ll make every effort to schedule you around your favorite band, but we can’t guarantee it. Please note on your application the one band that you can’t miss (if there is one).
Can I volunteer with my friends?
We make every effort to make sure you volunteer with your friends. There is a section on the application where you can put the person's name(s). Please submit applications within the same week. The closer you submit your applications, the more likely you will be able to work together. If you submit them too far apart the times may be filled.

Folks Festival Volunteer Positions

Box Office
If assigned to the box office, you will meet and greet Festivarians, exchange tickets for wristbands, sell festival tickets, help direct Festivarians, and answer questions. We are looking for organized and friendly folks who are willing to help out in a fast-paced environment.
Shifts are typically 4 hours each and begin as early as Tuesday before the festival begins through Sunday.
Customs
If working at customs, you’ll greet Festivarians, check that Festivarians are adorned with the proper wristband, and gently check backpacks for glass & alcohol. This is the main entrance to the festival and sets the tone of friendly Festivarianism. This position is for people who can work quickly with a smile.
These shifts are 4 hours each and all occur Friday-Sunday of the festival.
VIP Parking
Parking duties include greeting Festivarians, checking to make sure that folks have the proper credentials including parking passes and wristbands, directing vehicles, maintaining proper traffic flow, and assuring that folks park properly. We are looking for people that pay attention to detail, can help confidently direct traffic and can work in the elements of sun, rain, wind and dust.
These shifts are 4 hours each and all occur Friday-Sunday of the festival.
West Gate Festival Entrance
Duties include checking for appropriate Festivarian wristbands, educating campers on rules and regulations, and gently check backpacks for glass & alcohol. This is one of the entrances to the festival and sets the tone of friendly Festivarianism. This position is for people who can work quickly with a smile.
These shifts are 4 hours each and all occur Friday-Sunday of the festival.
Libation Station
Duties include pouring coffee and beer while having a BLAST! You must be 21 years of age to volunteer for this position. We are looking for folks that are outgoing and willing to have fun with every Festivarian. Smiling and laughing are highly encouraged while an ability to work quickly and with money is a must. There are many return volunteers for this position, so it fills up quickly.
These shifts are 4 hours each and all occur Friday-Sunday of the festival.
Lavern Johnson (Meadow) Camp Gate
Camp gate objectives are to greet Festivarians, exchange camping tickets for wristbands, check wristbands, educate campers on all rules and regulations, and have fun!
Shifts are typically 4 hour shifts and begin as early as Thursday before the festival through Sunday.
Front Gate
Greet Festivarians with a kind word, direct traffic, check tickets, vehicle stickers, wristbands, and direct Festivarians to the Box Office if necessary.
These shifts are 4 hours each and all occur Friday-Sunday of the festival.
Family Tent
Help children and their families with face painting, and arts + crafts. Face painting experience and patience is a must. There are many return volunteers for this position, so it fills up quickly.
These are all 4 hour shifts that occur during daytime hours Thursday through Sunday of the festival.
Catering
This highly sought after volunteer position is only those who have volunteered for Planet Bluegrass a minimum of 3 times and have restaurant experience. Shifts are 5 hours each (total of 15 hrs).
Shifts are available theThursday before the festival through Monday after the festival.
Parking
Greet Festivarians, help guide parking, answer questions and help assist at the different crosswalks.
These are all 4 hour shifts starting Thursday before the festival through Sunday.

 

 

 

 

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