Orientation – Ribfest 2019

2019 Great American Ribfest – NHGSA Orientation
Download a PDF of the 2019 Ribfest NHGSA orientation to print


Thank you for volunteering at the inaugural Great American Ribfest & Food Truck Festival!

Our main focus again this year will be getting people on the buses at the 2 parking lot locations – Merrimack Premium Outlets (Lots B & E) & Merrimack High School; checking in Premium Parkers at the entrance to the Grounds, and getting people off and on the buses on the grounds. We are the first people they see, and we set the tone for their experience at Ribfest – in the years that the GSAs have been helping (at prior event Rock’n Ribfest), the parking lots and buses have gone from a problem area and source of complaints to one of the highest rated items on their exit survey!

BEFORE YOU COME – check Volgistics (online GSA calendars). Your shift location may have changed – we had to move a few people around. Online event tickets will close Thursday at 11:30pm.  Go to Ribfest’s website and click TICKETS. Use the Complimentary Code you were given. If for some reason you forget to get and print (on your phone is okay) your event ticket, let the manager know. We will make arrangements for you.

WHEN YOU ARRIVE – Go directly to your shift location. Look for the white binder in the clear plastic container. Sign in there – read the instructions; review entire book and get started. In your container there is a people counter / clicker (outside lots only) sunscreen, and bug spray.  A GSA manager will be along shortly to check in with you. If there is a High Visibility Orange/Yellow vest in your bucket – have one person on duty wear it please. Bring a book, you will have quiet times.

FIRST SHIFTS: You will be arriving 1.5 hours before the event starts – no need to be early! 30 minutes to get your bearings, read all materials – shuttles start 1 hour before event opens. Be prepared to train your replacements.

LAST SHIFTS: When people stop arriving for the shuttles (at least 2 empty buses leaving, 2 hours before event closing) – let your GSA manager know. Odds are you will be able to leave at that point and go enjoy the event.

WHILE ON DUTY – If you need anything (even if it’s a cup of coffee), let us know. We will do our best to make sure your experience is a good one.

  • Early and mid-day we will focus on the parking lots and getting people in.
  • Later in the day/evening we will focus on getting people out from the grounds onto the buses.
  • Our biggest goal is to ensure that the guests are greeted with a smile and thanked for coming as they leave.
  • New this year, each bus will be assigned to a set parking lot. They will circulate non-stop on the same route throughout the day, so ideally the next shuttle is always 10-15 minutes away.
  • Please let guests know that a bus will be along soon to pick them up. Remind them if you see they have prohibited items and that they need an ID for alcohol.
  • If you have questions try to get in touch with a GSA Manager.
  • We will be collecting bus data for Ribfest management again this year. There will be tracking sheets at each location to record the times buses leave and the number of passengers on board, and clickers to count passengers.
  • Each of the bus stops will have a small cooler with bottled water, two chairs, and an umbrella for shade. GSA will provide sunscreen and Deet bug spray.
  • While there are chairs there and you will be mostly working in pairs, please remember to stand and engage guests when they come to the bus stops, even if it means stopping your conversation with your fellow GSA!
  • Feel free to offer the chairs to guests who might need them.
  • GSAs are NOT responsible for loading and unloading strollers from buses. You may open the door for the guest and hold it while they load their own stroller, but please do not lift strollers.

Grounds check-in: Ribfest is selling premium parking on the grounds this year. They closed purchasing these spaces on Thursday, June 13th, 11:30pm. Those who purchased the pass early were emailed a VIP-FRI; VIP-SAT; or VIP-SUN.

Please check people off on the provided list of purchasers – even if they have a VIP pass posted in their window. We would like to provide a deterrent from people handing the premium pass to a friend for the evening…

Can also enter this lot: Staff passes, Handicap, Ride Share (Lyft, Uber…) and Taxis

If a Vendor comes in this entrance, direct them to turn around and go back up to the top of the hill – turn left and go down the access road to the stables.


Go directly to the lot or location you are assigned. Check Volgistics (the GSA online calendars) – your assigned location may have changed. If you are assigned to the Ribfest grounds, park in one of the designated free lots and take the shuttle in (allow for extra time).


Please arrive about 5 minutes before your scheduled start time. Shift start times are staggered so that everyone will have time to get to their assigned location before the previous volunteer’s shift is over.

Note for Sunday 9:45am shift: Parts of DW Highway/Route 3 north of Anheuser-Busch may be closed because of the road race. We anticipate the shuttles will start running at 10am. Just wait in a shuttle lot if you are headed to the grounds and take the first bus in.


There won’t be a manager at every parking lot all the time this year. There is a book or clipboard at each location with GSA Manager cell phone numbers. If a bus hasn’t arrived in more than 15 minutes, contact the GSA manager to make arrangements. If you need it (try GSA staff first), the cell phone number (603-620-6103) for Bob Best – the person running parking and transportation and instructions on what to do in the event of an emergency. Please review this information at the beginning of your shift.

If you don’t have a cell phone that you can use during your shift, we will re-arrange the volunteers so that you’re with someone who does.


Emily Goulet  603-244-0757

Sue Geyer 603-620-0125

Kathryn Segreti 603-566-1089

Gretchen Ziegler 603-209-0151

Kelly Bryer 603-960-0272




Emily Goulet 2:30-6:15pm

Sue Geyer & Kathryn Segreti 2:30pm-10:30pm



Emily Goulet 9:30am-10:30pm

Gretchen Ziegler (floating)

Kelly Bryer (as needed – 1pm-10:30pm)



Kelly Bryer 9:00am-1pm

Emily Goulet 12:15-7:30pm


If for any reason, you will be late or unable to make it to your shift, please call Emily as soon as possible: 603-244-0757.


In addition to your regular GSA uniform, depending on the weather, consider bringing:

  • A hat (GSA caps preferred, any hat that doesn’t have an out-of-state logo is fine – sorry Red Sox fans!)
  • Sunscreen and/or bug spray if you have preferences. We have supplied SPF 50 and DEET bug spray at each location.
  • Raincoat or poncho and an umbrella – Emily has a few ponchos.
  • An extra layer for cooler evening shifts
  • A water bottle – there will be cooler with water too.
  • Snacks (folks in the remote parking lots won’t be able to visit the grounds during their shift) – GSA managers have some snacks for you too.
  • You may bring a small backpack to hold these items; please do not wear it while you are interacting with guests. It can be stashed under a chair at the bus stops. We recommend leaving valuables locked in your car. You can’t bring pack into event itself.


Please dress for the weather!

Look on a weather site for details. https://www.wmur.com/weather

Be sure to wear a hat, and drink plenty of water. GSA will provide sunscreen and Deet bug spray at each location.

We don’t expect rain for the most part, but just in case, in the event of a thunderstorm, if you are in the parking lot, sit in your car until the storm passes. If you are on the grounds and GSA Staff (Emily, Sue, Kathryn, Kelly, or Gretchen) are there you can sit with them in their car, or take shelter with the Rotary volunteers there.

It is not safe to shelter under a tree or in one of the tents if there is lightning; please find a car or building to shelter in.


There are portalets in all of the parking lots and around the grounds. There is also a locked bathroom on the grounds that volunteers might be able to use.


There are emergency personnel (ambulance, police and fire) on the Ribfest grounds.

  • In the remote parking lots (Merrimack Premium Outlet / Merrimack High School) – Call 911 first, then call your GSA manager to let them know what’s going on.
  • On the Ribfest grounds – Find the closest Rotarian – your best bet is the ticket tent just outside the main gates. After emergency personnel arrive, please call your GSA manager to let her know what happened.

If an emergency requires you to leave the area to which you are assigned, if possible, check in with your GSA manager before leaving the area. If that’s not possible, give her a call so that we know where you are and that you’re safe.


Volunteers in the parking lots, when there’s time, can let guests know the following information. Your job is not to enforce any of these rules, just let the guests know and let them make their own choice about what to bring to the grounds.

  • Ribfest Hours

Friday, June 14, 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Saturday, June 15, 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Sunday, June 16, 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM – Fathers Free after 4pm on Sunday!

Gate Prices:
$10 Adults / $5 Kids / $30 Family Pass (2 Adults & 3+ Kids)
Kids 2 and under are free. Tickets include entry and live music – food and beverages are extra.

Tickets purchased online can be redeemed with printed copy or digital from phone.


We’ve got stuff for the kids too. Kids love bounce houses, and obstacle courses, and games, and slides, and we’re going to have all of that (and more) ready to go when you get here. The kids are going to be busy all day and they’re gonna sleep soundly after a day at the Great American Ribfest! Individual passes are $10 and good all day long; Family Passes are also available for $30 onsite for 3+ kids.

  • Lost and Found – Send folks to the Ticketing Tent outside the front entrance.
  • No pets allowed. Service dogs are allowed, but they must be wearing their vest.
  • No large backpacks or coolers (any) are allowed. Diaper bags are allowed, and all purses and bags are subject to search.
  • No food, liquids, or alcohol is allowed to be brought in. Food and beverages are available for purchase onsite.
  • To buy alcohol, everyone must show a valid ID at the ID Check tent just inside the main entrance and get a wristband.
  • No guns or weapons will be allowed.
  • The Budweiser Brewery will be open for brewery tours to Ribfest guests only – not to the general public.
  • There are lights in the parking lots at night.
  • Motorcyclists leave helmets and gear with their bikes at their own risks; we’ve never had anything stolen from the parking lots, but can’t guarantee it.
  • Ribfest will be open rain or shine. We have large tents to hide from the sprinkles where you can eat, drink and stay dry.
  • Remind guests which parking lot they’re in! It will help them to find the bus back at the end of the day. If they have a camera phone, taking a picture of the sign is a great way to remember.
  • Limited handicap parking is available on the Anheuser-Busch grounds, and if there are no spaces available the handicap plate or placard will get them down the hill and they can drop off or pick up the disabled guest.
  • Firearms, explosives, and weapons of any kind (including guns, pocket knives, pepper spray, fireworks, laser pointers, etc.)
  • No Cigarettes, E-Cigs or Vaping devices
  • Pets
  • Illegal and Illicit substances of any kind
  • Drugs or drug paraphernalia
  • Outside food or beverage (including alcohol of any kind)
  • Coolers of any kind
  • Drones or any other remote flying device
  • Glass Containers
  • Framed backpacks
  • Umbrellas — they decided they are okay
  • Totems, Flags, Banners
  • Professional-grade radios or walkie-talkies
  • Skateboards, scooters, bicycles, wagons, carts (including red wagons) or any personal motorized vehicles
  • Tents, canopies, or shade structures of any kind
  • Unauthorized/unlicensed vendors are not allowed. No unauthorized solicitation and materials including handbills, flyers, stickers, beach balls, giveaways, samples, etc.
  • No Inflatable furniture, rafts, chairs, etc.
  • For the safety of everyone entering the festival, all patrons are subject to a full and complete search prior to entry. This may include a full body pat-down and magnetometer screening. If you would like to be screened by security personnel of your same gender, please let security personnel know prior to the search process. Screening of children will always take place with the consent of a parent or guardian.
  • Please review the Prohibited items list for a stress-free entry process.
  • By purchasing a ticket, you agree to allow all bags to be searched before entry.
  • Persons that refuse to comply with the search policy will be refused entry into the event.
  • At any time during the entry process if you have questions, ask for assistance from Festival Staff located at the front gates.
  • Guests may have same-day re-entry to the festival grounds by receiving that day’s hand-stamp.
  •  By entering the Festival grounds, attendees agree that their likeness may be used for future promotion.
  • We make every effort to create a safe environment on the festival grounds, including public and private security and medical staff. If you need any assistance, seek out the medical tent, or look for a police officer or festival staff member.
  • If you appear intoxicated (and it’s our call), you may be refused entry, refused additional beer purchases, or asked to vacate the festival grounds. We recommend having a Designated Driver to ensure a safe departure.
  • ATMs will be located outside the festival entrance with applicable service fees.
  • Portalets will be located on festival grounds.
  • Budweiser Brewery Premier Parking (221 Daniel Webster Highway)
    • $20/day: available each day immediately in front of the Ribfest grounds; these are good all day.
  • Elbit Systems (220 Daniel Webster Highway)
    • $10 Donation for the American Leukemia Society: Located across the street from the Ribfest.
  • Merrimack Premium Outlets – Lot B & Lot E (80 Premium Outlets Blvd.)
    • Free
  • Merrimack High School (38 McElwain Street)
  • FREE shuttles will run from the free lots and Elbit Systems throughout the weekend.



If someone has a question about Ribfest that you don’t know the answer to, refer them to the ticket tent on the grounds.