In-Person Training REQUIRED

Due to the sensitive nature of the tasks that are assigned to Merchandise Booth volunteers, all volunteers are required to attend an in-person training regardless of past volunteer experience.

If you have any questions about this training requirement, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator of the Beneficiary organization you selected.

Departmental Training Materials

Volunteering for the Folsom Merchandise booth is a great way to take in the views of the Fair while avoiding the crowded street! Between helping folks pick out a Folsom shirt to bring home with them and helping fairgoers find their favorite booths, you have one of the best people-watching spots in the entire fairground.

  • Throughout the day, volunteers will:

    • Set up simple wire racks to display merchandise (morning shift only)

    • Aid fairgoers in purchasing Folsom apparel, or pointing them to Folsom's online store if they'd like to purchase an out-of-stock item

      • Both cash and card can be used for purchase. We use Square card readers, which you can read about here.

      • We keep inventory of our merchandise through Square, so even cash transactions should be logged through Square. We’ll go over how to use Square in the in-person training, so don’t worry if you’ve never used it!

    • Help fairgoers find entertainment stages, booths, coat checks, atm's, bars, etc.

    • Break down the wire racks and pack up the remaining merchandise (afternoon shift only)

    • Flirt with cute people who come by the booth (optional, but fun!)

    • Enjoy the fair!

  • Useful skills:

    • People skills - we talk to a lot of folks, so a friendly smile can go a long way in making someone feel welcomed in the community

    • Basic knowledge of iPad/tablets - we use an iPad and Square to log transactions, but don't worry, it's super easy to learn and use!

    • Basic knowledge of the area - a lot of folks come by to ask us where nearby bars or shops are, so a basic knowledge of the area is useful, but not at all required

  • Pro-tips

    • Wear your favorite kink gear or apparel (that you can still easily move around in). While you can volunteer in street clothes, it’s nice to participate in gear. It also seems to make you feel more approachable to fairgoers

    • Don’t “yuck” someone else’s “yum”. Keeping with the spirit of the fair, keep an open mind about people’s interests. You might get questions asking about the location of a fetish booth that you aren’t into, but try to be as friendly and open as you can in helping them

    • Don’t know someone’s gender? Rather than guessing “sir” or “ma’am”, try to use a gender-neutral option like “friend”, or just leave out pronouns entirely

    • Wear comfortable shoes or gel insoles - you’ll be on your feet for most of the shift, so don’t wear a brand new pair of boots or shoes you haven’t broken in yet

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