It takes about 450 people working behind the scenes to make our Festival happen; only a handful of them are paid; the rest are volunteers. The majority volunteer for their own local Club or Community group who in turn are paid to manage various tasks on behalf of the Festival. A volunteer Board of management manages the Festival, and about 380 volunteers are organized by 40 volunteer Event Managers and area Coordinators.
Festival Volunteers liaise with Event Managers, Festival Staff and Board and assist with everything that needs to be done in the lead up to, during and after, to make the festival happen. They prepare grounds, they pour drinks, check in contestants and performers, prepare food, run events, clean up rubbish, check wristbands, shift equipment, give directions, answer phones, set up venues, – you get the picture. Volunteers are the heart and soul of our festival, and in many ways the Festival belongs to the fun loving community minded individuals who decide to get involved and become part of the Festival family.
It may be the half price wristband that volunteers qualify for….. but ask any of our hundreds of return volunteers why and you’ll be amazed at the range of answers. Mostly it’s because you cross over from being an audience member to being part of the Festival. You are not just attending the Festival, you are part of the strong knit group that makes it happen. The friendships, the camaraderie, the sense of community and the shared laughter that come out of working at the Festival, more than compensates for giving up a few hours out of each day.