Become a Volunteer at SOBBC
Are you interested in volunteering at this year’s event? There is so much going on and we’d love for you to be part of it!
To volunteer, please read through the common questions that we’ve tried to answer for you below, then fill out completely and submit the form HERE. Thank you!
Q: Who can “Crew” a balloon?
A: Pretty much anyone. We love families. It’s a great way for Mom, Dad, and the kids to spend some quality time together. Smaller kids (under 14 yrs) are welcome but need to be managed by their parents.
Unless they are with one of the several local clubs and organizations that come out and crew, young people below the age of 18, won’t be able to crew without Dad and/or Mom.
Q: What will we be doing?
A: You’ll actually help ready the balloon for flight, help inflate it, launch it, chase it while it’s up in the sky, help it land, pack it up and return it to the launch site.
Q: How do we learn to do that?
A: No experience needed, we’ll teach you what you need to know.
Q: Is it hard work?
A: It can be, there is some lifting and packing the balloon around, so you should be in good physical condition. It’s an adventure! If you have a bad back, you should pass on crewing.
Q: What should I bring with me?
A: Just yourself. Dressed in long pants (usually Levi’s), a good hiking boot or tennis shoe and leather gloves. You’ll want a jacket in the morning, but that time of year it usually warms up fast, so dress in layers so you can shed down as the heat comes up.
Q: What time do I need to be there and where do I park?
A: Check in time is 6:40 a.m. by the big white tent and parking is available by the baseball fields. Use W. Ann Morrison Park Dr. off of Capital Blvd to access. Please do not park by ramps, cones or barriers.