Community involvement is fundamental to Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest. Without volunteers, the festival simply could not take place! In fact, many dedicated festival volunteers enjoy helping out so much that they come back year after year. Although we have nearly 400 volunteers each year, we would like to shine the spotlight on two of our dedicated volunteers — Gertie Robertson and Scott Slusher.
One of our awesome volunteers is Scott Slusher (pictured above). Scott works for Otter Products and is the lead singer of local band The Swashbuckling Doctors. He has volunteered for the festival the past three years, helping out with setup and artist hospitality. Scott says his passion for local music is what motivates him to volunteer.
“As a singer of a local band myself, I am deeply thankful for the opportunity Bohemian Nights has given us. We have an incredibly talented and creative local music scene that deserves to be heard and showcased,” explains Scott. “Volunteering is a way to express my appreciation and admiration for the festival.”
Gertie Robertson is another one of our stand-out volunteers — she has been volunteering for the festival for the past six years! Although she started out just looking for something to do, she ended up returning to the festival year after year. Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest is a great fit for her, as she says she “likes working with people and trying new things.”
Gertie helps out with pre-festival activities and Kids’ Music Adventure. She has several great memories from her time at Kids’ Music Adventure in particular. She says her favorite memory is when she “watched a child realize that he could make a sound out of an instrument, like the French horn or the euphonium.”
All Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest volunteers definitely have one thing in common — they make the festival possible and help provide a unique gift to their community.
For more information about volunteering or to sign up, click here. There are several different positions and shifts available, so you can choose something that suits your skills, interests and schedule. We hope to see you at the festival this year!