Saturday, August 4, 2018
11:00 am to 8:00 pm
Frequently Asked Questions for Volunteers
Where will St. Louis VegFest 2018 be located, and how do I get there?
The festival will be held at the World's Fair Pavilion in Forest Park. These links will help you find this landmark location.
Where can I park, and is there an alternative to driving, so I don't have to worry about nearby parking?
We are very fortunate to have both MetroLink and the Forest Park Trolley systems in the park. You can take MetroLink to the Forest Park / DeBaliviere Station, then ride the Blue Trolley straight to the World's Fair Pavilion grounds. Or, you can drive to the park and hop on the Blue Trolley at one of several outlying parking lots.
Is there a map of the festival grounds, so I can see where everything is?
Yes, we have a complete map of the event layout, including vendor booths, Information booth, aid stations, restrooms, and more. The meeting spots for volunteers are also pointed out on this map.
Where do volunteers meet for their shifts?
Those volunteering for shifts that begin between the hours of 6:00 and 9:00 am will meet at the parking lot in front of the Pavilion building. Those whose shifts begin after this time-frame should go to the Headquarters booth, located at the southeast corner of the Pavilion. This map will show the exact locations of these spots:
How will I get my t-shirt and goodie bag?
When you first arrive, you will be given your shirt to wear that day. You can leave the shirt you came in, and any non-valuable belongings, at the Headquarters booth, located at the southeast corner of the Pavilion. (See map for exact location.) When you have completed your shift, check out at the Headquarters booth, and you will receive your thank-you volunteer goodie bag!
Can I bring my dog or small children with me?
You will be kept quite busy during your shift and would not have the time needed to attend to your pet or your child. The crowds and heat could also cause them distress. It would be better if you left your pets and children with a dependable adult at home. And, it should go without saying: Never leave them in the car.
What if I have a minor first aid need, like a scrape or headache, or I forget sunscreen?
Don't worry. We will have minor first aid needs, as well as a variety of other "just-in-case" supplies. Our Comfort Station will be stocked with bandages, antiseptics, hand wipes, ibuprofen, sunscreen, and other first aid basics.
Additionally, you will have access to things like, sunglasses, shoelaces, deodorant, hair ties, and an assortment of other items you may forget at home or suddenly discover you need. You can find them at the Headquarters booth, or ask Mary Chipman if you need help.
What if I feel overheated?
This Heat Alert Sheet will give you more information on heat care, and the dangers of heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Please look it over. If at any point you feel sick, or even slightly overcome by the weather or exertion, stop working, get into the shade, and tell an Organizer or another Volunteer. Do not hesitate to call 911 if you need emergency assistance.
We will have heat care supplies at both the Comfort Station and the Second Cooling Station – cold compress, ice, cold water, mild electrolytes, misters, shade, rest. Our Comfort Station will have an electrical cooling unit, as well.
Who should I contact if I have questions or need to call the day of?
Prior to August 4, you can e-mail questions to: