BBQ Festival Volunteers

NOTE: If you sign up after 6/4/16, you will need to pick up your Volunteer Packet at Carolina Foothills Chamber of Commerce before the BBQ Festival. 2753 Lynn Road, Suite A, Tryon, NC 28782.

Calling all fun-seeking, energetic people of all ages!

We need YOU to join the Blue Ridge BBQ & Music Festival Volunteer Team! The Blue Ridge Barbeque & Music Festival couldn't go on if it weren't for the 500+ Volunteers! While you are volunteering you get to smell the aroma of mouth watering barbeque, listen to non-stop music and meet the greatest barbeque lovers in the south! There are hundreds of people who volunteer year after year, and who declare this is the event of the year.

Sign up

If you want to volunteer for the 2016 Blue Ridge BBQ & Music Festival, you will need to call the BBQ Office and leave a message.


Need more information? Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator.


Volunteers receive:

  • A Blue Ridge BBQ & Music Festival Volunteer T-shirt
  • Free admission both days
  • Water during your shift to keep you hydrated
  • BBQ Bucks to get some of the best BBQ in the country
  • A parking pass to get you close in to the festival

Volunteering is Fun!

The opportunities to volunteer are as diverse as the fun and flavorful things there are to experience at the festival. There are many areas in which to share your talents:

  • Ticket sales
  • Operations
  • Merchandise sales
  • Beverage services & sale
  • Volunteer check-in
  • Sponsor tent
  • Crafts

Volunteering includes:

3 - Four hour shifts during the two day festival, as well as set-up and clean-up the days surrounding the event. Sign up for one shift or more!

When choosing an area to volunteer, please consider your physical limitations (standing for long periods of time/heat exposure/ability to lift) and money handling skills.

We try to match each volunteer with a job that they feel most comfortable performing. If you need more detail on the different volunteer positions, please contact the office at 828-859-7427.

Want to be a part of the year-round team?

Call the BBQ Administrator to learn more about joining the Blue Ridge BBQ & Music Festival Committee. 828-859-7427.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. When will I receive my volunteer information packet in the mail?

You will receive your packet by mail two weeks prior to the festival. If you do not receive a packet please call the office at 859-RIBS(7427) and leave a message for the Volunteer Coordinator.

2. Can I sign up to volunteer anytime?

You may sign up to volunteer online or come by the BBQ office at 2753 Lynn Rd., Suite A, Tryon, NC (Polk County Chamber of Commerce) to fill out a volunteer registration form. If you sign up online after May 31, 2016, you must come by the BBQ office to pick up your volunteer packet between June 9-11, 2016, as there will not be time for the volunteer packet to be mailed to you.

3. How many parking passes will I receive?

Each volunteer will receive one parking pass. If you are volunteering as family, you will be mailed two parking passes. Please contact the BBQ office/ Volunteer Coordinator if you need additional assistance at 828-859-RIBS.

4. Can I check in early at the festival before my volunteer shift?

Yes, you may check-in early the day of your shift. If you would like to make sure you get the size t-shirt you requested, you may come by the volunteer cabin at Harmon Field (by the log cabin) 30 minutes prior to the start of your shift.

5. Will I receive more than one t-shirt if I work more than one day at the festival?

You will receive only one t-shirt for the entire festival. It is your responsibility to wash your volunteer t-shirt for the next day.

6. Will there be water available to me during my shift?

Water will be available to you at various designated locations at the festival.

7. Can I have a position in the shade or sitting?

Yes, there are positions available for volunteers with special needs. Please make note on your volunteer registration of any special requests. Thank you for all your hard work!

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