WILKESBORO — MerleFest 2016, presented by Window World, began accepting online applications for its popular volunteer program on Oct. 1. MerleFest 2016 will take place April 28-May 1.
Volunteer applications will be accepted online at www.MerleFest.org/volunteer. Those who prefer a hard copy application may request one by emailing MerleFest.email@example.com or calling 336-838-6262. Anyone who wishes to volunteer should complete an application early because slots fill up quickly. The volunteer section of the MerleFest website, www.MerleFest.org, provides additional details about volunteering at MerleFest.
With more than 800 individuals participating each year, MerleFest volunteers are considered vital to the success of the festival. While some come from the surrounding community to help out, volunteers for the festival also come from all over the world, many of whom make their work at MerleFest an annual event.
An obvious benefit to being a MerleFest volunteer is admittance into the festival: each volunteer receives free entry for each day a shift is worked (usually three to five hours long); volunteers may work one, two, three or all four days of the festival.
In addition to being an exciting opportunity to experience a world-renowned festival of music, moments and memories up-close, the vast network of volunteers who support MerleFest help make the festival a highly successful fundraiser, as well. As the festival benefits Wilkes Community College, volunteers — while working on campus — get to experience the buildings, gardens and instructional programs that the monies raised through MerleFest make possible each year.
Lee K. Cornett, the MerleFest volunteer coordinator, urges music fans to consider the MerleFest volunteer program. “Volunteering is a great way to give back. And, it is so much fun to volunteer at MerleFest – you walk on campus and feel the excitement in the air,” said Cornett. “It’s a special homecoming, meeting new friends and seeing old ones that you only see once a year at the festival. At the end of the day, you feel like you have made a difference and been a part of something really big.”