Volunteers

August 8-13, 2022, Mitchell and Gering, NE
Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Old West Balloon Fest! If you would like to help out this year, please complete the form below.

Volunteers

Volunteer To Help Out at the

The Old West Balloon Fest

We love our volunteers, and our volunteers love hot air balloons!

Complete This Form To Volunteer!

*Volunteers can pick up t-shirts at the volunteer bbq or the first event they attend to volunteer. For example, if they are crewing for a nationals pilot, they would pick up their t-shirt at Hampton Inn on Monday morning when they report to crew.

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Job Descriptions for Volunteer Positions

We love our volunteers! With all volunteer positions, you will receive a t-shirt (please sign up for at least two shifts), volunteer appreciation BBQ, event commemorative pin, and event pass (valued at $20). All volunteers will be entered to win a hot air balloon ride to be raffled off at the volunteer BBQ, on August 8, 2022.

Crew for a Nationals Pilot

You will help a national’s pilot with putting up and taking down their hot air balloon for competition flights. Physical requirement is that you must be able to lift at least 50 pounds. We ask that you commit to crewing for the full week of competition, August 8-13 since you will be
paired with one pilot. You may be asked to help with a few evening flights, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday and the Saturday evening glow at Five Rocks Amphatheatre. Morning hours 5:30 – 9:30 a.m.,
evening hours 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., night glow hours 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Crew for an Old West Balloon Fest Pilot

You will help an Old West Balloon Fest pilot with putting up and taking down their hot air balloon for mass ascension flights August 11-13. The physical requirement is that you must be able to lift at least 50 pounds. We ask that you commit to crewing for the three days of flying and/or the night glows on August 10th at WNCC and August 13th at Five Rocks Amphitheatre. Morning hours 5:30 – 9:30 a.m., night glow hours 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Parking Team

Help with parking cars at the two-morning mass ascensions on August 12th and 13 th at Mitchell Airfield. Direct traffic and help with safely parking cars. Check vehicles for parking passes and selling those passes to those who need one. Once parking is complete, enjoy watching the mass ascension and National’s competition. Hours 5:00 – 8:00 a.m.

Scoring Team

Be a part of the scoring team for the National competition. You will be a part of a 5–7- person team, meet at a central location, and then drive together to different locations where a target will be located. The team will set up the target and wait for pilots to navigate their balloon to the target.

Once the pilot throws a weighted bag on the target you will mark the location of the bag and then measure the distance to the center of the X after all the pilots have scored. All scoring team members will be provided training. The physical requirement is that you will need to be able to stand for two to three hours at a time and walk short distances. Morning hours 5:00 – 10:00 a.m., evening hours Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday 3:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Administrative Support

Administrative support positions could start in June with special projects in preparation for Old West Balloon Fest. For example, mailing event passes. The position then moves into helping board members during the event by checking in volunteers, pilots, craft fair vendors, and
supporting where needed. Hours may vary depending on what is needed throughout the event. Hours will vary and requires flexibility.