Volunteer :: PABaconfest


PA Bacon Fest Volunteers

Interested in trading your time for a festival experience you’ll never forget? Volunteer at Bacon Fest! Bacon fest knows that our volunteers are the very heart of our event. We deeply appreciate the efforts of so many who join us each year. Volunteers support the festival staff, fans, sponsors, and artists to ensure that everyone at the fest has an unforgettable, exciting, fun, and safe time. Volunteers assist with everything from setup to takedown, transportation, hospitality, merchandise sales, and numerous other tasks.

If you have any questions about volunteering for PA Bacon Fest in November of 2019, contact Kim Kmetz.


We look forward to working with you!


Why Volunteer?

In exchange for becoming a Bacon Crew Volunteer, you’ll receive sweet swine swag, amazing opportunities and a fun time! Plus, when you’re not working, you will be free to experience the festival! Please read the volunteer requirements, and information completely. Individual volunteer positions will be assigned based on festival needs.

Are there requirements to be a Volunteer?

• All Volunteers must be registered with and confirmed by the festival.
• Volunteers must be 18 years or older on or before festival. *Volunteers in any area involving alcohol must be 21 years or older on or before festival.
• Once accepted and scheduled, volunteers will be notified by email. Please provide a valid email address at the time of registration.
• While we do our best to schedule you where you would like and notify you of your placement, you may be asked to fill in at other positions when needed.
• There is zero tolerance for volunteers drinking alcohol or under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs during your shift.
• Some volunteer positions will required you to attend a 1 hour orientation.


• Volunteers who work a minimum of 5 hours throughout the festival receive a PA Bacon Fest Volunteer t-shirt.
• Volunteers who work a minimum of 2 hours throughout the festival receive a PA Bacon Fest bumper sticker.


• Plan to arrive 30 minutes early and keep traffic in mind!
• Check-in at Info before shift.
• Keep assigned area and nearby festival grounds clean and free of trash.
• Smile and provide pleasant customer service.


My bestie is also volunteering, can you coordinate my shift with his or hers?

When you fill out your applications be sure to indicate their name. Keep in mind that with so many volunteers and many varied needs we cannot guarantee your assignment with friends, but we will certainly try!

Is transportation provided?

No. All volunteers are responsible for their own transportation to and from the festival. We encourage you to park in one of our shuttle lots. We will provide you with a parking pass.

Should I bring anything?

You should wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes. You might want to bring sunscreen, a water bottle, and a snack. Depending on weather, you also might want to bring extra layers of clothing.

 Volunteer Positions

Equipment Captain – Oversee set-up/take down, collection, storage, distribution of all festival equipment. Oversee rental equipment deliveries. We will setup most tents, tables and stages on Friday. Continue on Saturday to finish set-up including signage. Work with Area/Stage managers when issues arise.

Friday afternoon – from Noon until approximately 6pm.

Saturday – finish set-up

Sunday -TBD

Setup/take down Volunteers – Involves heavy lifting! Setup volunteers will assist the Equipment Captain with preparing for the event. Tasks include booth setup, placing signage (includes the use of some simple tools), setting up registration areas, distributing event materials for partners.

Set-up – Friday – 12 people in the afternoon/evening

Set-up – Saturday – 12 people from 5 am to 10 am

Take down- Sunday – 12 people from 4 pm to 9 pm

Block Captains – Oversee set-up/take down of area vendors, update Stage Manager about any issues before leaving. Areas: Circle, N 3rd, S 3rd, 300, 200 Northampton St

Set-up – Saturday – 6 people from 5 am to 11 am

Set-up – Sunday – 3 people from 7 am to 11 am

Take down – Sunday – 12 people from 4 pm to 10 pm


Stage/Area Manager – Manage music stages, ticketed areas, contests, demos. Areas: S 3rd Lot, Circle, N 3rd St, 200 Northampton Lot.

Ticketed areas: Bacon & Brew, Pig Moon Bounce, Mechanical Pig Ride, Contests (hog calling, costume, bacon eating, etc), Pigskin Lounge & games.

Block Manager – Oversee areas during the festival to manage issues, vendor infractions.

Saturday & Sunday – 2 people from 10 am to 7 pm


Entrance Booth Manager (1 per entrance gate all day)

Entrance Booth Volunteers – collect $2 suggested donation, give schedules, answer questions, at end of day ask folks to fill out exit survey.

1 person (per entrance) from 5 am to 10 am for setup and guide vendors to correct entrance

2 people from 9 am to 2 pm

9:30 am move gates into place to stop vehicles from entering festival grounds

collect $2 suggested donation, give schedules, answer questions,  ask folks to fill out exit survey

2 people from 1:30 pm to 6:30 pm

collect $2 suggested donation, give schedules, answer questions, ask folks to fill out exit survey

take down and stop vehicles from re-entering the fest until after approved by EPD


Information Booth Manager – Oversee all aspects of Information Booth. Set-up to take down, managing supplies, merchandise, signage.

Information Booth Volunteer – Volunteers working at information will assist the Information Booth Manager to operate the information booth as smoothly as possible. Volunteers should become knowledgeable about the event as they will be asked a variety of questions and must be able to communicate special requests to event staff. Customer service skills are very important. Volunteers will be provided with relevant information, including a map and an information binder. Volunteers will keep track of lost and found items.

Saturday & Sunday – 4 people from 9 am to 7 pm


Announcers – Announcements including band intros and contests. Scripts will be provided, but ad lib is acceptable as long as it’s family friendly.

Mascots – Wander the festival grounds in one of our PA Bacon Fest character costumes. Also, if you are physically able, race in our (shirt) mascot dash.

Runners – Assist with various projects around the festival from setting up work and event areas to helping with the operational and production sides of the festival site. Will run for whatever supplies are needed, might be asked to drive to offsite location, and deliver them to the person or area needing them asap. Could require heavy lifting. Be prepared to run errands or fill in wherever we need volunteers at the time.

Floater – Are you flexible and willing to help wherever? Volunteers scheduled as floaters will assist festival staff where needed, and must be very flexible and ready to do anything! Be prepared to run errands, fill in or give breaks wherever we need volunteers at the time.

Shuttle Lots – Shuttle Stop – Parking Lot 


If you could provide us with some basic information about yourself and your availability, we would appreciate it!

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