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Minnesota Bluegrass August Festival  

August 10 - 13, 2023                                                 El Rancho Manana, 27302 Ranch Rd, Richmond, MN 56368

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Volunteer for the festival!

Volunteers at Front GateWe're busy making preparations for the Minnesota Bluegrass August Festival and we need your help to put on this great event! Volunteers receive a dandy custom made souvenir volunteer shirt (volunteers still pay for their own admission).
Shifts are assigned on a first come basis so the earlier you sign-up the more likely you will get the tasks and times you want.  Signup is done using Signup Genius and everyone on the list by August 1st will have a shirt ready for them at festival opening!

A general description of the volunteer positions is below and then you can click on the button to add your name. THANK YOU!

General Volunteer Sign Up HERE!

CONCERT GATES: There are two entrances to our main stage concert area – Gate 1 and Gate 2. Check  for wristbands and keep out prohibited items such as pets and bicycles. 
FAMILY AREA: Assist with games and activities. Teens and families welcome.
FRONT GATE: This is a critical role.  Sell admissions, put on wristbands, hand out programs, and say hello to everyone who comes in the door. You need to be comfortable handling money.

GATHERING PLACE: Greet guests, answer questions, and generally make folks feel welcome. Stock refreshments and keep things tidy.

HOSPITALITY: Host in the performer’s backstage hospitality tent. Stock refreshments and keep things tidy.
HILLTOP GATEKEEPER: One or two people needed out in front of camp office to stop entering vehicles and check their credentials, then give them directions and permission to enter. Overall knowledge of the festival and its operations a plus. 

RAFFLE & MEMBERSHIP BOOTH: Sell raffle tickets and hand out membership information. Good for those who need a sitting job.
OPERATIONS: Drive the golf cart to run errands and generally being a gofer. Good knowledge of the grounds a plus. You must have a valid driver’s license.
SHIRT STAND: Sell festival shirts, hats, and other merchandise.
SHOWCASE TENT: Be a venue monitor and keep an eye on things 

WORKSHOP TENT: Be a venue monitor and keep an eye on things. 

MORNING VENUE CLEAN-UP: You and your team will make the rounds and straighten up chairs, pick up trash, and get things ready at each venue before things get going for the day.
SITE SET-UP: Help with getting the site ready for the festival. Shifts are Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday before the festival.  Setting up parking areas with flagging, signs, and fencing. Putting up tents, tables, and chairs. Decorating and cleaning the stage and unloading equipment. Some activities require physical exertion - we recommend you bring work gloves.

Dance Floor Set-Up

HQ & Hilltop Set-Up

Mainstage Set-Up

Tents, Tents, Tents
Day Parking Area Set-Up
Other Venue Stages Set-Up

Concert Gates & Handicap Parking Set-Up
Family Area Set-Up

SITE TEAR DOWN: Sunday afternoon and Monday after the festival. Take down tents, chairs, signs, store items in the trailer and generally pack up the festival for next year!

Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Association
P.O. Box 16408, Minneapolis, MN 55416


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