Our special family of volunteers contributes greatly to the success of Poppy Mountain. They assist in many ways and are greatly appreciated not only by Marty and Tina but also by the many festival guests. The spirit of Poppy Mountain is due to our volunteers throughout the year as well as during the big event itself too. You may be interested in becoming part of this venture. If this sound like hard work (but tons of fun!!) read the following and decide if volunteering is for you. Any further questions may be directed to the Volunteer Coordinator Tina Tackett by e-mail or telephone (606) 784-2277. Our Volunteer Staff is young, but growing. Currently, most of our volunteers are middle-aged with a small percentage of teens who have done a great job so far! Many families plan their vacations around the 3rd week of September to attend and volunteer! We are currently SEEKING Crew Chiefs !
Volunteers must be at least 14 years of age. Volunteers between 14-18 years of age must submit parental consent. Some assignments require that a minor work with on the same crew with a parent at least 1 year. Volunteers must be at least 18 to assist in the Traffic and Safety Teams. Work Schedules vary from crew to crew. Some crews have night shifts while others have between 4-8 hour shifts, depending upon needs. Volunteers must be available to work at least 4 hours each day and at least 4 days of the festival. Priority is given to volunteers who arrive first (the early bird gets the worm…). Our clean up crew starts the Sunday prior to the festival and some crews begin the day the festival officially begins while others may begin after the festival has started! The Volunteer Coordinator makes crew assignments and assigns the crew chiefs in scheduling on a first come first served basis. We will try to assign you where and when you wish, but this is not always possible. Many Poppy mountain Bluegrass Volunteers return each year. This is beneficial to our event and thus priority is given to those experienced volunteers, then to new volunteers to be taught with experienced volunteers. There may be no openings on some crews for this reason.