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Creative Arts Volunteer

Volunteers are an important part of Creative Arts at The Big E! We are always in need of volunteers before, during and after the Fair. We have volunteer opportunities appropriate for people of all ability levels. As a volunteer, you may earn one day tickets to The Big E, be invited to our annual volunteer trip and potluck dinner. Join us to meet new people and learn something new!
If you have any questions, please email or call 413-205-5015

Personal Information

Emergency Contact
Please provide the name and phone number of someone to contact in case of an emergency while you are volunteering.
Please provide cell phone if available.
Have you previously volunteered at an Eastern States Exposition event?

We have several Volunteer opportunities- please call 413-205-5015 or email CreativeArts@TheBigE if you have any questions.

The Creative Arts Ambassador -September 13-29. 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 8 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 8 hours of volunteering. They also are entered into a raffle for prizes.

Pre & Post Fair Preparation -August—October 2

Assist with clean up and take down of displays. Sort paperwork.

Receiving and Post Fair Pick-up Assistants

RECEIVING: August 29 (photography& fine arts) September 3 (all other departments).

PICK UP: September 30 & October 1 (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- August 30, September 4-5

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 29-30 (photography & fine arts) and September 5-12 (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.

Other Volunteer Opportunities during the year.

Volunteer Opportunities
Please check other events to volunteer for.

Volunteer Positions

Review the list of volunteer positions descriptions in the first column. Select the positions you would like to volunteer for. Please indicate before and after fair availabilty below and sign up for time slots during the fair in the next column.

Check positions you are interested in.

(Ambassadors- check boxes in next column)
Please write in date/time for 9/30 and 10/1
Shirt Size - Men's Sizing
We will TRY to have shirts available.

Ambassador Volunteer times during The Big E fair:

Please select dates and times available during The Big E

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