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We have several Volunteer opportunities- please call 413-205-5015 or email CreativeArts@TheBigE if you have any questions.
The Creative Arts Ambassador -September 14-30. 4 hour shifts between 8:00 am and 10:00 pm
The volunteer Ambassadors are the friendly faces everyone sees when they enter the New England Center. Ambassadors greet Fair visitors, and answer questions about our wonderful exhibits and general Fair questions. Ambassadors monitor exhibits during the Fair and make sure that no one touches the displays. Ambassadors volunteer for 4 hour shifts and receive a free entry ticket and free parking to the Fair for that day! We also offer a free meal at the Moses dormitory, snacks and beverages while you are volunteering and entry into a weekly raffle for prizes.
PRE & POST FAIR VOLUNTEERS-Volunteers who donate 6 or more hours of time before the Fair begins and after the Fair closes receive a one day ticket to The Big E for every 6 hours of volunteering. They also are entered into a raffle for prizes.
Pre & Post Fair Preparation -August—October 3
Assist with clean up and take down of displays. Sort paperwork.
Receiving and Post Fair Pick-up Assistants- August 29-31 (photography) September 3-4 (all other departments) and October 1-2 (all departments)
Assist exhibitors when they drop off their entries for judging and picking up their entries after the Fair. Assistants check each entry as received for overall condition and check that the entry is properly entered and tagged. After the Fair, assistants help exhibitors locate their entries, pick up their paperwork and check out.
Scribes and Presenters- September 6-7
Judging day is a busy day for the Creative Arts department. We have several divisions to be judged and each judge needs a scribe and often a presenter who lays out the items to be judged. The scribe writes all the placings and judge’s comments as each item is judged. They also review judging sheets for completeness. Presenters keep judges moving by keeping entries organized during the judging process and present judges with the next item to be judged. These two positions are often switched between individuals during the day, one person will act as the scribe for a couple of hours and then switch with the presenter.
Creative Arts Set-up Assistants- August 29-31 (photography) and September 5-13 (all other departments)
Our Set-Up Assistants handle all the entries received for the Creative Arts after judging. They assist with the set- up and placement of the over 1,000 entries for display.