Sawyer Point: Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014

2014 Bluegrass for Babies Experience Volunteer Information

Deadline to apply is Friday, August 29, 2014 at noon.


Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the 2014 Bluegrass for Babies festival. We are excited to host the Bluegrass for Babies Benefit Concert at Cincinnati’s Sawyer Point on the banks of the Ohio River, transforming the riverfront into a family friendly, sustainable experience!

We are recruiting and searching for the best volunteers Greater Cincinnati has to offer. Our success depends on you!

We have put together some general volunteer information for you to review before submitting the online application. If you are selected as a volunteer, more comprehensive materials and training will be provided.

Festival Dates and Times

Friday, September 19: 4pm-7pm (set up)

Saturday, September 20: 8:00am-11:00pm

Application Timeline

Application Deadline: Friday, August 29 at noon

Volunteer Notification: Usually within 4 days of submitting your online application. All volunteers will be notified of their status by Friday, September 12, 2014.

Volunteer Response: You are required to confirm your volunteer position 3 days after being notified or your spot may be given to another volunteer.

General Information

  • There is no application fee.
  • Volunteer positions include a free t-shirt and admission to the event. You are responsible for parking fees charged by Sawyer Point or surrounding lots.
  • Please choose as many times and roles as possible to improve your chances of being selected.
  • Everyone will be contacted regarding their status as a volunteer.  Those selected must confirm in 3 days or risk losing their opportunity.
  • We ask that you arrive on time, work hard, be friendly, and have fun!

Lead Volunteer

Lead Volunteers oversee a team of volunteers.  They play an important role in the management of the volunteers; helping to keep them organized, motivated, and on task.  Most teams are assigned two Lead Volunteers so the responsibility and work load can be shared.

The Lead Volunteers shifts are on Saturday, September 20 10am until 10pm.  Please know that your day will include lots of walking, standing, and directing.  You will have time for breaks, meals, and some Bluegrass music.

The Lead Volunteer role is an incredible learning experience.  Team leads will receive a free t-shirt, free admission plus 2 event tickets for family or friends, and a free meal from our concession booth.

Requirement:  You must be 18 years of age or older and a resident of Greater Cincinnati.  You will sign a waiver and must attend a Lead Volunteer orientation at Sawyer Point.  Orientation will occur about one week prior to the event, last about 1 hour, and include training and a tour of the festival site.

Volunteer Positions

There are many shifts and roles for volunteers.  Regardless of where and when you work, your role is critical in the success of the festival.

Volunteers will receive a free t-shirt and admission to the event.  After your shift, you are free to stay and enjoy the music and activities!  Parking is not provided.  You may pay to park in the main lot at Sawyer Point or at surrounding lots.  Free parking is available at Friendship Park, about a half a mile walk form Sawyer Point.

Requirements:  You must be 14 years of age to volunteer with the kids activities, and 16 years of age for all other roles and a resident of Greater Cincinnati.  Please arrive 30 minutes before your shift to allow time for check in and a brief orientation.

  • Beverage Sales:  Pouring, serving, and/or cash handling at one of two beverage locations.  You must be 21 years or older.  Please have your ID with you at volunteer check in.  All beverage sales volunteers will be required to attend a training session at the Mt. Carmel brewery on August 23 from 4:00 - 5:30 PM.  Training will include a tour of the brewery, tasting of beers to be served at the event, and a pouring tutorial.
  • Admission:  Assisting at the gates, directing patrons to the correct lines, answering questions, handling cash and/or square reader on a smart phone, checking ID’s, and making sure attendees receive a goodie bag and/or event program.
  • First Aid/Child Safe Zone:  Providing care for minor cuts, scrapes, bruises for adults and children.  This will also be a safe zone for a child who has become separated from his family.  You will be trained before your shift begins on Code Adam procedures for a lost child.  A police officer will also be on duty near the Safe Zone.
  • Children’s Activities:  Providing assistance to the activity operators, parents, and children.  Activities will include art, music, and sports.
  • Special Needs Area:  Providing support and activities to children with Special Needs.  We ask that you have prior experience in working with children with Special Needs.
  • Volunteer HQ:  Check-in other volunteers, have volunteers sign waivers, give volunteers a brief orientation, etc.
  • Concessions:  Preparing food, handling cash and/ or square on a smart phone, and serving food.
  • Raffle:  Answering questions regarding raffle items, exciting patrons to participate in raffle, handling cash and/ or a square on a smart phone, and selling raffle tickets.