Nashua Rotary West Rock'n Ribfest


June 15, 16, and 17, 2018

Sign ups are open 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED on Saturday and Sunday afternoons - as of June 12 we have about 30 open shifts.

Non-GSAs, click here to sign up. GSAs can sign up via the online calendar.

The Rock’n Ribfest is a huge event that is hosted by Nashua Rotary West. It can host anywhere from 30,000 to 50,000 people. The Ribfest is good, family-friendly fun, featuring nationally-renowned and local “ribbers” serving up barbecued ribs and other specialties. There are also musical performances, a kids area, hot air balloon rides, and a Family Stage with local youth performances. For the athletically inclined, there is a 25 mile bike ride on Saturday morning to raise funds for The Youth Council of Nashua, and a 5-mile road race on Sunday morning before Ribfest opens. Click here for the official schedule of activities.


  • We need LOTS of volunteers for this one
  • You can invite a friend or family member to volunteer with you
  • You can even invite someone aged 8-18 to join you via our “Future Leaders of
  • NH” program
  • This is an important fundraiser for NHGSA; Nashua Rotary West donates a portion of the proceeds to each non-profit group that provides volunteers and we earn more at this event than any other comparable event we do. The funds we raise at events like Ribfest go to cover the costs of events like the AMBIEs and the holiday party, so that we can keep them free for you.
  • It’s FUN! 

Event Hours

  • Friday, June 15, 4:30 PM – 11:00 PM
  • Saturday, June 16, 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM (the bike ride begins at 9:00 AM) 
  • Sunday, June 17, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM (the pre-race events begin at 8:15 AM)

GSA shifts begin at 3:15 PM on Friday, 10:00 AM on Saturday, and 7:30 AM on Sunday. Sunday shifts begin that early because we’ll be helping out with the pre- Ribfest events.

Event Location

Anheuser-Busch Facility

221 Daniel Webster Highway Merrimack, NH

Parking Info: GSAs will park in the satellite lots, which one will depend on what job you’re doing. We will make sure you know where you’re going on Thursday before the event. The lots are at BAE and Harris Pond. Click here for Ribfest Parking Info with a map.

Event website:

GSA Duties

All volunteer positions will involve providing guests with information and helping to make their experience of the event the best it can be. We need a certain number of volunteers for each shift, and will assign specific duties shortly before the event. These could include:

  • Staff information tents in the parking lots
  • Greet guests as they arrive on the Ribfest grounds
  • Direct guests walking down from Elbit where to go for tickets 
  • Assist guests with finding the correct bus lines to return to their cars 
  • Help the bus supervisors get guests back on the buses
  • Helping out in the handicap parking area on the Ribfest grounds 
  • And probably other areas that they need help with!
  • Note that you are NOT required to help guests load and unload strollers from buses, for liability reasons we prefer that guests do that themselves

Future Leaders of NH and non-GSAs may sign up to volunteer paired with an active GSA.  

Non-GSAs: Click here to sign up, after the calendars are open.

When you sign up you will see that the shifts are divided by description: “Mostly standing,” “Some sitting,” and “Put me anywhere.” We will assign specific duties closer to the event when we see how many volunteers we have, based on need. We will do our best to put you in the parking lot of your choice, but sometimes circumstances may dictate that we ask you to work somewhere else. If you have a parking lot preference, e-mail Naomi.

Grounds Assistant: We're looking for one volunteer to act as a point person on the Ribfest grounds, their job will be to connect with the GSA Manager (Naomi or Kelly) or Ribfest parking manager if an issue arises with buses, and then to make sure that the GSAs on the grounds get enough breaks to get off their feet and out of the sun, have enough water, etc. The grounds assistant will also meet GSAs at the beginning of their shift and show them where they should stand, and what they'll be doing. These shifts are slightly longer, 4-5 hours. If you're interested, e-mail Naomi.


  • Free admission to Ribfest either before or after your shift

Orientation will be Thursday, June 14 at 1 pm, under one of the tents on the Ribfest grounds (usually we meet in what will be the ticket tent just outside the entrance.) There are usually only a couple of chairs, so bring your own if you'd rather not stand. Please plan attend the orientation if you can, even if you’ve volunteered at Ribfest before.

Dress code: Full GSA uniform (GSA or hunter green shirt, name tag, khaki pants/shorts/skirt, comfortable shoes. Although most positions have umbrellas, hats are also recommended. Do bring sunscreen, rain gear, and/or bug spray, depending upon the weather.

Difficulty: Be prepared to stand outdoors (with breaks) for entire shift – rain or shine! 

Contact person for GSAs

Naomi Halter, 603-566-3030,


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