Have you ever wanted to get up close to a hot-air balloon? If so, balloon crew volunteers are needed for Carolina BalloonFest, October 16-18 in Statesville, NC! Help is still needed for out of town pilots as well as special shape balloons.
What does the balloon crew do?
This is an important position, as the pilot relies on crew to assist with assembly, inflation and launch of the balloon. The pilot also depends on their crew to chase them while they are flying and to be at the landing spot when they land to help packing up the balloon. Iredell County residents are ideal to help visiting pilots and crew navigate local roads; however anyone able to perform crew duties is welcome, and experience is not necessary to join the fun.
- Sign up for full-weekend chase crew
- Sign up for individual flight shifts
- Sign up for Friday, October 16 AM flight (please note this shift requires prior experience)
General volunteer information
- Most volunteer shifts are 4 hours long.
- Registered volunteers will get free parking & admission to the BalloonFest during the remainder of their day.
- Volunteers registered by Sunday, September 12, will receive a complimentary t-shirt.
- The minimum age requirement for balloon crew is 18 years.
Statesville area volunteers are encouraged to attend a volunteer training session at 9:00 AM, Saturday, October 3, 2015. Location: Mitchell Community College, 701 West Front Street, Statesville, NC 28677.
Note to pilots who already have local crew or are traveling with crew: Please have your crew sign up for full-weekend or individual shifts as appropriate.