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Volunteer Information

Volunteer Information and Guidelines

The Golden Road Gathering will be held at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds.  Thank you in advance for your help and hard work at the festival!  Your dedication is a big part of what makes our events so successful, and we want to acknowledge the important role you play.  The following information will help your arrival and experience at the festival go smoothly.


El Dorado County Fairgrounds 

100 Placerville Drive

Placerville, CA 95667


Get your wristband at the Box Office at Main Gate. Volunteers arriving on Thursday to help with set-up can check-in from 9am-6pm.  The box office opens at 8:00am on Friday. You will need a photo ID. You will not be able to gain access to the fairgrounds or staff camping and parking until you have checked in and received your wristband.  

Main Box Office

Main Gate – Armory Dr off of Placerville Dr, across from the Raley’s parking lot.


All volunteers may be charged a $10 facility fee upon check-in. This helps cover our basic costs of providing infrastructure including port-o-johns, sanitation, showers, and other on-site facilities.  Cash or Credit Card accepted.

PARKING: Volunteers must purchase parking.


Crew camping areas will be designated by crew. Please note:  if you are camping in a designated staff camping area, it is expected that you are respectful to your fellow hard-working volunteers and staffers, many of whom have early morning shifts.  Please keep noise levels down at night.  If you don’t feel you can do that, please discuss camping in GA camping with your crew chief.  Also, staff camping areas are cozy, so be conscious of only taking the space you need.  Festival patrons may not camp in staff camping.  


You will be emailed your schedules in advance of the festival.  Please note that your schedule is subject to change based on the needs of the crew chiefs. You will be notified if schedules do get changed. Please show up a few minutes before your shift starts. 


First time volunteers may be required to pay a $250 deposit via credit card in advance.  As long as you complete your shifts satisfactorily your full deposit will be returned. Deposits will not be returned if you pick up your wristband and do not complete your shifts, or act inappropriately in any way during your shifts.  Your crew chief will contact you with a link to submit your deposit. If you have a hardship that prevents you from making a deposit contact your crew chief to request an exception.


Each volunteer must submit the online Golden Road Gathering Volunteer Waiver


All volunteers are expected to follow the festival guidelines and should set an example.  This means no dogs, no vending, no fireworks.  Absolutely no alcohol or drug use before a shift, during shift hours or while wearing a staff shirt.  Any volunteer violating the guidelines will lose their opportunity to volunteer, and be required to purchase a ticket and/or forfeit their deposit.


While you’re on shift, people will look to you for information on the festival.  Acquaint yourself with the festival site. The festival program guide will be available when you arrive.  Familiarize yourself with the festival map.


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