Volunteering for the Folks Festival

Watch for details about our 2018 volunteer programs early this fall. Thanks for your interest, volunteers are the BEST!

We are in full swing preparing for Festival Season 2017. 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

Remember, 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 volunteering is for you. We want friendly, fun loving planetarians only, thank you!

2017 Volunteering Specifics

Please read the volunteer guidelines thoroughly and fill out the application in its entirety. Please note: Volunteers are placed on a first-come, first-served basis, the only exception will be for preference of previous recommended Planet Bluegrass volunteers.

Eligibility

Only volunteers who can commit to all 3 days of the festival will be considered. You will be assigned three, 3.5-4 hour shifts, that may include a morning, afternoon, and night shift, in exchange for a 3-day pass. There are a few positions on the Thursday before the festival.

Volunteer Application

The following must be included with your application to be considered for a volunteer:

  1. Complete the online volunteer application. Only applications that are completed in their entirety will be considered. Follow the link at the bottom of this page to the online volunteer application.
  2. Provide payment to Planet Bluegrass via credit card (specified in the secure online volunteer application):
    • Processing Fee: If you are accepted as a volunteer, you will be charged a non-refundable processing fee of $12.
    • Late Cancellation Fee: You may cancel up until Monday, July 17, 2017 with no cancellation fee. If you cancel after July 17 or do not show up for any or all of your volunteer shifts, you will be charged a full ticket price of $150 plus the $75 late cancellation fee - totaling $225.
  3. If you have already purchased a 3-day pass or a 3-day pass with On-Site Camping:
    • New this year: We will be refunding all purchased tickets by volunteers PRIOR to our festival ticket refund deadline of April 28, 2017. If you have purchased a ticket, please mark it on your application and await further information from our volunteer coordinator regarding your refund. Refunds are only given for the festival portion of the ticket. So, if you have purchased a 3-Day Pass with On-Site camping, you will be refunded for the 3-Day portion of the pass.

What Happens Next?

Once you submit your application, you will automatically receive an email letting you know we received your application. It does not mean you have been accepted. All positions are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, the only exception will be for preference of previous recommended Planet Bluegrass volunteers. If you are accepted as a volunteer you will receive 4 emails by early August.

  1. A confirmation that we have received your application.
  2. An acceptance email
  3. Your location and schedule email (approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the festival)
  4. A reminder email.

If you have not heard from us by early August and you are still interested in volunteering, there may be last-minute positions. If at any time prior to your acceptance you decide you are unable to volunteer, please let us know by email and we will cancel your application and discard your credit card information thus avoiding the non-refundable $12 volunteer application fee.

Reminder for all Festivals

Thank you for your interest and willingness to participate at our festivals. As a reminder, camping is not included. Check our website for camping information. Please direct all volunteer questions to our volunteer coordinator: volunteers@bluegrass.com, 303-823-0848 x117.

Folks Fest Volunteer FAQ’s

How does volunteering work?
You will be required to work three 3.5-4 hour shifts in exchange for a 3-day festival pass.
What if I already bought a ticket?
New this year: We will be refunding all purchased tickets by volunteers PRIOR to our festival ticket refund deadline of April 28, 2017. If you have purchased a ticket, please mark it on your application and await further information from our volunteer coordinator regarding your refund. Refunds are only given for the festival portion of the ticket. So if you have purchased a 3-Day Pass with On-Site camping, you will be refunded for the 3-Day portion of the pass.
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Festival staff
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.
What if I need to cancel?
You may cancel up until Monday, July 17, 2017 with no cancellation fee. If you cancel after July 17th or do not show up for any or all of your volunteer shifts, you will be charged a full ticket price of $150 plus the $75 late cancellation fee - totaling $225. Emergency cancellations will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. Documentation may be required.
Can my children accompany me while I'm 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.
What if I must 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).
What if I must work with my friend?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Meadow Park 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!
Front Gate
Greet Festivarians with a kind word, direct traffic, check tickets, vehicle stickers, wristbands, and direct Festivarians to the Box Office if necessary.