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The ACDA staff are all involved in running the festival at this time.

The best way of getting information or 

otherwise communicating with us is to call:


Please complete the form below if you are interested in volunteering at the Appalachian Festival.

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Volunteering Preferences

Have you volunteered at The Appalachian Festival before?

Please select the time(s), under the job type, you're available to work. Job descriptions are listed below. All assignments will be confirmed in writing.

* Education Day

For internal use only

If you have questions regarding this application, please call (513) 251-3378.

Appalachian Festival History

Since 1974, The Appalachian Festival has been under the auspices of The Appalachian Community Development Association, a non-profit organization, whose purpose is to promote the educational, cultural, and social wellbeing of the Appalachian population of Greater Cincinnati. The Appalachian Festival began in 1970 as a project of The Junior League of Cincinnati. The Purpose of The Appalachian Festival is to provide a marketplace for traditional hand-made Appalachian Crafts; foster among Appalachian migrants in the Greater Cincinnati Area, a sense of pride in their heritage; educate the general public about Appalachian Culture; and, to celebrate old-time Appalachian Music, Dance, Stories, Cooking and other cultural treasures. We accomplish this mission by presenting the annual festivals and by distributing the revenue from the festival to the small grants program. The small grants are awarded to those educational and/or cultural program/projects that propose to affirm and enhance the lives of Appalachians and promote pride in the Appalachian Culture.

Volunteers at least 18 yrs. old* are needed for:

* may be under 18 if directly supervised by their parent/legal guardian

Admission Gates: You'll need to have basic math skills and speak English fluently. Duties will include taking money & coupons, providing accurate change, giving directions around the festival grounds, distributing festival programs (some light lifting may be needed for the programs) and communicating with coordinators on 2-way radio.

This is a heavily needed area!

The Festival Information Booth: This is the "hub" of the whole festival! You'll greet patrons & give them directions to festival attractions/vendors, distribute festival programs, communicate with coordinators & first aid/security if needed via the 2-way radios and/or assist with announcing performances via the festival wide mic system. This area can be somewhat stressful sometimes, so the ability to remain calm and speak fluent English is very helpful.

Exhibitor/Volunteer Check-In: Previous festival experience and extensive knowledge is required. You'll help direct exhibitors, artists and/or volunteers to assigned festival areas. We may need you to help answer the phone, help exhibitors/patrons locate specific festival attractions using a map or printed listing and communicate with festival coordinators on their two-way radios.

Board & Festival Committee Members: If you or someone you know, would like more information about becoming involved in The A.C.D.A. Board or one of The Appalachian Festival Planning Committees, please call Sandra Moss at 513-251-3378 to discuss our needs.

Please Register by April 17th, 2016