MerleFest 25 now accepting volunteer applications

Article Published: Oct. 6, 2011 | Modified: Dec. 30, 2011
MerleFest 25 now accepting volunteer applications

MerleFest is now accepting volunteer applications for its 2012 festival. More than 800 individuals, young and old, donate their time to the music festival each year.

Photo by Frank Ruggiero

Volunteering is one thing, but volunteering to the tune of MerleFest is another.

Volunteer applications for MerleFest 25 are now being accepted online.

As organizers attest each year, MerleFest volunteers are vital to the success of the festival. With more than 800 individuals donating their time to the festival each year, one might ask, “What is the appeal for volunteers?”

“As one faithful volunteer put it, ‘Once you volunteer, you will never want to miss the chance to do it again every year,’” said Mona McRae, volunteer coordinator for MerleFest. “It is this endless dedication that makes MerleFest possible.”

There are many benefits to volunteering at MerleFest. The most important is that volunteers are part of a worthwhile fundraiser for Wilkes Community College. “Anyone visiting our campus gets a glimpse of the buildings, gardens and instructional programs that the monies raised through MerleFest make possible each year,” McRae said.

One advantage of volunteering at MerleFest is free entry for each day the volunteer works one shift. Usually, the shifts are three to five hours long, and the participation is fun. Volunteers may opt to work one, two, three or four days.

Volunteers get a jumpstart on the music and fun at the Volunteer Kick-Off and Training event to be held on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at 6 p.m. in the Mayes Pit/Cohn Auditorium in Thompson Hall.

This is an opportunity for volunteers to meet one another and their team leaders, listen to some music, enjoy some refreshments, receive training and tour their designated volunteer areas.

To learn more about volunteering at MerleFest 25 and to access the online applications, visit To request a hard copy of the application, email McRae at ( or call (336) 838-6262. Volunteer applications will be accepted through April 13, 2012.

All volunteers are required to send a recent photograph. Anyone who has never worked as a MerleFest volunteer, or has failed to report to a scheduled volunteer position in previous years without notifying the festival organizers, must send a personal check for $35 made payable to MerleFest. Checks and photos must be received within two weeks of application submission. Deposit checks should be mailed to MerleFest Volunteer Coordinator, P.O. Box 120, Wilkesboro, N.C. 28697.

After all shifts are completed, the deposit will be returned to volunteers at Flattop’s Getaway. Volunteers will receive their schedule no later than six weeks after the application is received.

“Volunteering at MerleFest is an exciting opportunity to experience a world-renowned festival of music, moments and memories,” McRae said. “Volunteers do more than just attend; they make the festival possible. Don’t miss this opportunity to volunteer at MerleFest 25 and be a part of this historic event.”

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