We are now excepting Volunteer applications for 2018.  Once you sign up we will review your application and get back to you by April 15. If you have volunteered at Watermelon Park Fest for us before then you know this is the funnest and most affordable way to see the festival. Sign up now!


Volunteer Requirements
21 years of age or older, conscientious, energetic, courteous, and polite.

How To Apply You may apply by clicking the button at the bottom of the page and filling out the Volunteer Survey. If you have any trouble with the survey, try contacting the volunteer coordinator by email volunteer@shepherdsford.com. Volunteer applications will be taken through June 4th, 2018. Volunteers will receive their volunteer schedule no later than June 18th. If you notice a scheduling conflict, please notify us as soon possible.

Volunteer Benefits
All volunteers who work a six-hour shift get a weekend pass. River and Roots volunteers can enjoy the festival before and after working assigned shifts.

Volunteer Check-In
Please let the Gate staff know when you arrive. There you will receive your entry wristband. Volunteer Check-In is located at the Artist check-in. All volunteers are directed to check in for their volunteer shift 30 minutes prior to their shift beginning. The Volunteer Coordinator will provide you with information/training needed to perform your volunteer duties.

What A Volunteer Needs
Comfortable shoes, warm clothing for cool nights, rain gear insect repellent, sun block/sunscreen lotion, flashlight (if on duty at night), a friendly smile.

Volunteer Positions

Ticket Booth
Work with one or two other volunteers to help folks enter the festival.

Backstage Gate and Hospitality
Check wristbands backstage for entry and exit, and for meals.

Performance Area Gates
Performance Area Gate Guards: River Gate and Walk-through Gate are staffed by 1-2 volunteers during Main Stage performance hours. Security guards will also be on duty during some of the high-traffic times.

Artist Parking Gate
Artist Parking Gate Guard: the artist gate, at the drive-in entrance to backstage, is usually staffed by 2 volunteers each day. Artists and others with backstage access may park and camp in the backstage area.

Festival Store
The Store is open from 11am-10:30pm. Help sell artists and festival merchandise. Retail experience is useful.

Artist/Guest/Vendor check in-
 Artist/Guest/Vendor Check-in tent open 8am – 10pm. Usually manned by 2 volunteers, this position requires friendly and detail orientated people. Prior experience is preferred, but not required.

Set-up/Tear-down Crews
Before and after the festival. Help load in the sound gear, set up tents, tear down tents etc.

After and during the festival. 2 volunteers will drive around in vehicle provided and pick up recycling from campsites and designated spots. A good way to meet folks and do good for the planet. Must be serious and responsible.

Are you ready?
Then click the link below and sign up.



    Piedmont Environmental Council
    Empowering citizens to protect what makes the piedmont a wonderful place

    Shenandoah Riverkeeper
    Using community action and enforcement to protect and restore water quality in the shenandoah valley for people, fish, and aquatic life.

    Friends of the Shenandoah
    A volunteer, non-profit, scientific organization dedicated to the preservation and protection of the shenandoah river and its tributaries.

    The Downstream Project
    To promote natural resource conservation by stimulating awareness, action and alliances through visual arts and technology.

    Tree and Leaf
    Tree and Leaf Farm is a sustainable vegetable farm located in unionville, virginia

    Virginia Folklife Program
    Dedicated to the documentation, presentation, and support of virginia's rich cultural heritage.

    Clarke County Historical Association
    Dedicated to preserving the historical resources and records of clarke county and fostering their use, enjoyment and understanding.

    Wildwood Landscape
    Our work is to be practiced with the same care, thought and skill as other fine art forms.

    Fairbuilt Guitar Company
    Custom instruments that include guitars, mandolins, bouzoukis, and banjos as well as a full service repair shop.