2020 Festival has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. We will be accepting volunteer applications for the 2021 Lost River Bluegrass Festival. Volunteers are the heart and soul of the event, and represent the festival to the campers, jammers, attendees, bands, and the general public. We couldn't do this without volunteers!  In exchange for 10-12 or more hours of volunteer time, volunteers will receive 3 nights of camping and admission to the festival.

Dates Needed: We will need volunteers to work varying shifts from July 4-12, 2021. Volunteers arriving for early work details (Sunday through Thursday July 4-8, 2021) will receive free camping for those days.


Eligibility and Requirements

  • Ability to work each day of the festival.  You will be assigned shifts totaling approximately  8 - 12 hours, depending on the task, in exchange for a 3-Day Festival Pass and 3 days’ camping. There are a few positions Monday - Wednesday before the festival, and Monday after the festival – these positions will mostly be set-up and tear-down.  Please see location descriptions below for more details.

  • After your application has been reviewed, you will receive an Acceptance or Wait List email.

  • Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult volunteer. No volunteers under the age of 14.


Festival Volunteer Positions

Information Booth --  This position is the "face of the festival", answering questions,  and serving as the communication center for requests, complaints, and compliments.


"Movers and Shakers"  --  Assistance with stage setup, shade covers, canopies and tents, tables & chairs and other park equipment as needed.  Volunteers must be strong, handy and willing to get a little dirty.  In some cases, this may be an on-call position.


Ticket Sales / Camping Fees , Raffle Ticket & T-shirt sales - Volunteers must have money handling experience and be friendly to customers.


Campground Hosts - Volunteers will welcome campers, help them find their camp spot, answer questions pertaining to camping facility, and help maintain enjoyable camping experience for festival attendees.  Golf cart provided.


Security -  Volunteers will help watch the perimeters and gates, look for wristbands on attendees, monitor the audience area for compliance with guidelines. Security or law enforcement experience a plus but not required.


Frequently Asked Questions

1.  Can I see my favorite band?   We will make every effort to schedule you around your favorite band (if there is one), but we can't guarantee it.  There is a section on the application to note your favorite band.

2.  Can I volunteer with my friend?   We will make every effort to make sure you volunteer with your friends.  There is a section on the application where you can put the person's name(s).

3.  Can my children accompany me while volunteering?   We need your full attention during your scheduled volunteer shifts.  So no, children may not accompany you during your volunteer shifts.  Though, of course, they are welcome at the festival and in the camping area.

4.  Does Lost River Festival supply food & drink for volunteers?   Like most other jobs, we ask that you come to volunteer well rested, fed, and hydrated.  We will provide a cooler with bottled water at the volunteer station and we encourage you to bring your own refillable water bottle. You are welcome to bring a non-alcoholic beverage to your shift with you, if you prefer.


Please note that preference will be given to those with festival volunteer experience. 

Download, print and complete Volunteer Application (see link above) and send to joycefurlong@ymail.com or mail to PO Box 595, Keno, OR 97627

For more information about volunteering contact Joyce Furlong at 775-722-9877 or joycefurlong@ymail.com.

The Lost River Bluegrass Festival is hosted by the Lost River Arts and Cultural Alliance, a 501c3 non-profit corporation, PO Box 595, Keno, OR 97627.

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