BBQ Festival Volunteers

Calling all fun-seeking, energetic people of all ages!  Do you have what it takes to join the Blue Ridge BBQ & Music Festival Volunteer Team?  If your idea of volunteering includes smelling the aroma of mouth watering barbeque, listening to non-stop music and meeting the greatest barbeque lovers in the south then this job is for you. The role of the volunteer is one of the most valuable assets to the festival.

Without the help of over 500 volunteers, the festival would not go on. There are hundreds of people who volunteer year after year, and who declare this is the event of the year.

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 including ticket sales, operations, merchandise sales, parking, beverage services, recycling, volunteer check-in, sponsor tent, crafts, finance, and entertainment. Volunteering includes four hour shifts during the two day festival, as well as set-up and clean-up the days surrounding the event. 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. As a thank you to our volunteers, they will receive a t-shirt, free admission both days, a meal ticket and a parking pass.
Be a part of the year ’round team...

If you would like to become more involved in this fantastic fund-raising event and see your efforts benefitting the whole Polk County community, we would like to invite you to apply to become part of the Festival Committee. The areas of responsibility are diverse—what are your interests? These areas include finance, entertainment, hospitality, recycling, parking, operations, crafts, sponsorship, volunteers, security, merchandise, administration, competition, vendors, publicity, and our Going Green initiative. Initially you would learn the responsibilities of the committee chairpersons, and become ready to step onto the steering committee should the need arise.

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 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, 2014, you must come by the BBQ office to pick up your volunteer packet between June 9-11, 2014, 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. Please bring a water bottle with you to fill and carry with you to your volunteer location.

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.