What is the difference between a “Pre-fest” and a “Regular” Volunteer?
Pre-fest volunteers must work at least 20 hours, and fall into two categories- those (mostly local) peeps who volunteer at one of our designated onsite Work Weekends (Work Weekend Volunteers) and those who volunteer immediately preceding the festival (Pre-fest Volunteers). These folks help with site preparation. AtWP accepts a limited number of pre-fest volunteers and spots will fill up quickly.
Festival Volunteers must work at least 16 hours between July 25 and July 28. This is typically achieved by working four 4-hour shifts each day of FloydFest. Please see the Volunteer Guidelines on the application for more information.
What else distinguishes between volunteer opportunities?
Work Weekend volunteers have the opportunity to achieve all the required volunteer hours prior to the big event by helping to beautify and transform the FloydFest site in an environment of productive camaraderie. Lunch is provided on both days of the work weekends. Work Weekend volunteers will get a specially-designed “Work Weekend Volunteer” tee. The same parking/camping guidelines as General Admission festival-goers during FloydFest apply.
Pre-fest volunteers have the opportunity to consolidate the required volunteer hours into the couple days preceding the festival opening- thus being part of the process and being ‘freed-up’ for the rest of the show! Pre-fest volunteers will get a Volunteer tee. The same parking/camping guidelines as General Admission festival-goers apply during FloydFest.
Festival volunteers have the opportunity to be part of the FloydFest family by literally making IT happen! You will receive a FloydFest Volunteer tee and a designated spot near Global village will be provided as “Volunteer Camping”!
How do I apply to volunteer?
We are currently full for 2013. Check back to see if positions open up!
What is the application fee?
The non-refundable application fee is $15 per applicant. Payment is processed at the end of online registration. Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, and Discover are accepted.
Will my card be charged for anything else?
The card given during the application process will be charged if any scheduled shifts are missed. The gate price of the event ticket ($250) will be billed the first day the incident occurs.
How will I know if I’m accepted?
Volunteers are accepted after the online application is submitted and the credit card payment is processed. An auto-response email will be sent to the address provided explaining all the important details related to the requested shifts. All volunteers are expected to thoroughly read and understand this information. If no email is received within 1 hour of signing up please first check the SPAM folder. If the acceptance email is not in the SPAM folder, please contact the volunteer coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What if my situation changes and I’m no longer able to volunteer?
Please only apply if you are committed, as we have a no refund policy. Emergency issues may be directed to the volunteer coordinator at email@example.com no later than July 1, 2013.
Do volunteers get meals?
Work Weekend volunteers will be fed lunch during work weekends between 1 PM – 2 PM both days.
Festival volunteers are responsible for snacks, meals and beverages during FloydFest. Please make arrangements to prepare meals at your campsites, or purchase meals from our wonderful vendors. Please note that cold water is available to festival volunteers throughout the weekend at Volunteer Central and the various different workstations.
Where do I park?
Our parking guidelines are dictated by the constrictions of our beautiful site, Federal Parkway regulations, and local law enforcement (who work with us very amiably to ensure adequate parking for volunteers and attendees alike). Please respect this to avoid having your vehicle towed.
Work-weekend Volunteers will drive onto the site during work weekends. Follow the “Volunteer Check-In” signs. Upon arrival all volunteers must check-in with the volunteer coordinator so that work hours are logged in. If working consecutive days, do not go directly to your area that you were working the previous day without checking-in.
Regular Volunteers will check-in and park in ALPHA Lot starting at 8 AM Thursday. A dedicated Volunteer Shuttle will begin at 8 AM.
It seems there’s plenty of parking along the service road and other side roads off the parkway – can I park there?
NO, your vehicle will be towed. Our service roads must be kept clear for performer vehicles and festival deliveries. Parking on or near the Blue Ridge Parkway is federally prohibited and you may face a fine as well as having your vehicle towed.
Where can I camp?
Any volunteers arriving prior to the official opening of FloydFest on Thursday morning must camp in the designated Onsite Volunteer Camping Area located above the VW Village. If you camp anywhere else prior to Thursday morning, you will be asked to move. After Thursday morning volunteers may camp anywhere General Admission patrons are allowed but please give consideration to the ‘Stop the Sprawl’ policy.
Can I bring my RV?
Our onsite RV camping sells out quickly! If you missed the opportunity for onsite parking, you may still be able to purchase RV camping in our satellite RV camping area, DELTA Lot, or a local camp ground. You will NOT be able to park your RV anywhere on the FloydFest grounds (unless you have already purchased RV space).
Can I bring my dog?
No. We love dogs – but FloydFest is not the place for your pooch. Only registered service animals with official licenses are permitted. This applies to pre-fest volunteers too. Please leave your dogs at home when you come to work onsite for Work Weekends or Pre-Fest work.
A friend told me about a special “load-in” and “load out” schedule for FloydFest. Please explain.
This schedule is reserved for a limited number of volunteers who have experience with stage work and have the flexibility to work 16 hours total in two 8 hours shifts, i.e. “load in” and “load out.” This volunteer assignment requires strong, hard workers. Sturdy or steel-toed work shoes/boots are also a requirement. Stage break-down immediately after each stage’s final performance on Sunday afternoon is mandatory for this assignment.
I’m a morning person, can I work all morning shifts during the festival?
No, every person must select at least one morning shift and one late shift (8 PM-midnight, 9 PM – 1:00 AM). This keeps things fair for all, and ensures that we do not have gaping holes in our evening shifts! We will do our best to accommodate the schedule that you pick; however schedule is subject to change. You will be notified in the event of this occurring.
My friend/sweetheart/family member and I would like to work our festival shifts together. Is this possible?
Please complete your form at the same time, as this guarantees that you have spots together. There will be no changing after scheduling so this is why the above is so important.
My child is under 18, can they work with me?
No, everyone must be over 18 years of age to work during the festival. However, if you sign up as a work weekend volunteer, your under 18-year-old may accompany you and work off their ticket under your supervision. Please do not sign your underage children up online just bring them with you.
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