NH Farm & Forest Expo

Sign-ups open Friday, January 4 at 8:30 am

We are looking for Granite State Ambassadors to volunteer at “New Hampshire’s Greatest Winter Fair!”

Expo dates: January 31 (exhibitor load in), February 1, and February 2, 2019

There is always something for everyone at the NH Farm and Forest Expo: it's an industry trade show with nearly 100 exhibitors, hosts free educational workshops that are open to the public, unique NH Made products, Kidzone area with fun activities for the kids, fuzzy and furry animals, lots of networking and much more!

The Expo itself is a non-profit organization, overseen by a volunteer board of directors representing agriculture and forestry interests statewide.

Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester Downtown Hotel (formerly the Radisson), 700 Elm St., Manchester (click here for map)

Event website: http://www.nhfarmandforestexpo.org/

Hours for GSA Volunteers (most shifts are about 3 hours long):

Thursday, January 31 (exhibitor load in): 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday, February 1: 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday, February 2: 7:45 a.m. – 4 p.m.

GSA Duties
GSAs and Future Leaders of NH are eligible to volunteer

  • Exhibitor Registration Booth – Pass out exhibitor packets and passes, answer questions. NOTE: This position is very busy first thing in the morning on Friday and Saturday, you will have a long line of people waiting for passes
  • Back Door Monitor – Before the show opens on Friday and Saturday, make sure that only exhibitors are entering the hall through the back doors
  • Ticket Sales/Register – Sell tickets using the cash registers. They will be accepting credit cards at the registers this year, if you are not comfortable doing that please sign up for a different job
  • Hand Stamper – Stamp hands after guests pay
  • Expo Support – Walk around the Expo in your designated section, assisting guests and exhibitors as needed
  • Moose Monitor – Sit in booth with Max the Moose. Take photos for families, and make sure that guests are treating Max respectfully - no climbing, riding, pulling, etc. You may bring a book to read in case it's slow
  • Kidzone – Keep an eye on the Kidzone area, helping presenters and guests, keeping the area neat, and helping families take photos
  • NH Tourism Booth – Staff the NH Tourism Booth, representing the NH Division of Travel & Tourism. Pass out state literature and answer guest questions about things to do and see in NH

Parking Info for Volunteers: GSAs who are volunteering at the Expo may park in the garage at the DoubleTree free of charge, the hotel has generously offered to cover the cost. Bring your parking ticket in to the GSA Manager on Duty to be validated. Parking in the garage for exhibitors and guests can be validated in the Expo hall so that it will cost $6.

If the garage is full, which often happens on Friday afternoon, there is on-street parking (free on Saturdays, except for Elm St., $0.75 per hour otherwise) or several other garages a few blocks away from the Radisson.

Orientation Information: Please plan to attend the orientation meeting on Thursday, January 31 at 1:30 p.m., even if you have volunteered at this event before. We will meet outside of the show office (the Spaulding room). Event orientations give the event managers the opportunity to address the volunteers in person with up-to-date information about the Expo. There will be a tour of the Expo hall following the orientation. Attendees will receive one volunteer service hour.

Useful Links (these links haven't been updated for the 2019 Expo yet; we will add them when they are)

Workshop Schedule
2019 Exhibitor List

Dress code: GSA uniform – Green GSA shirt, name tag, and khaki pants. Remember to wear comfortable shoes and dress in layers, since parts of the Expo Center can be chilly. Extra layers should be worn underneath GSA shirt if possible. No purses, pocketbooks or backpacks please. Fanny packs are allowed.

Event difficulty level: Please expect to stand for your entire shift, unless otherwise noted. If you need to get off your feet for a moment the GSA Manager or one of the Expo Support volunteers can cover your position.

Perks
Come early or stay late after your shift to enjoy the Expo free of charge

Questions?
E-mail or call Kelly: kelly@nhgsa.com / 603-960-0272

Sign ups open Friday, January 4 at 8:30 a.m.



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