Volunteer Information

Kentucky Book Festival seeks volunteers for the Kentucky Book Fair

Numerous volunteers are needed to make the 38th Annual Kentucky Book Fair a successful event on Friday and Saturday, November 15-16, 2019, at the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY. Sign-up information is now available below.

Volunteers may choose from several shift and work interest options: 

  • Friday, Nov. 15 to help set-up at the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • Saturday, Nov. 16, the day of the Book Fair, to greet patrons, assist authors, tear down and be of other service from 7:00 am – 7:00 pm

To volunteer or request additional information, contact Volunteer Coordinator via e-mail at

All volunteers will receive a t-shirt while enjoying the company of many fine authors at the Kentucky Book Fair.

Book Fair Volunteer Form

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the 2019 Kentucky Book Festival. The 38th annual Kentucky Book Fair will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park Alltech Arena on Saturday, November 16, 2019. The success of this event depends on committed, enthusiastic, capable volunteers. If you would like to volunteer, please complete the form below. Once you hit the submit button at the bottom of this form you should receive a message that says "Thank you, we have received your submission." If you do not receive this message, we did not receive your submission. Please call our office if you are having trouble 859/257-5932. You will receive a confirmation letter with further instructions the first week of November. Thank you.



Please indicate the date(s) and time(s) you would like to volunteer and what job interests you. Job descriptions for each position follow the shift designations.


If none of the above positions and times work for you, please tell us what you would like to do as a volunteer and what times you are available. 

Person to Notify in Case of Emergency

Please provide us with the name and phone number(s) of a personal contact in case of an emergency.



Volunteer Job Descriptions

Set-Up Team - (20 volunteers needed Friday from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm, 10 volunteers needed Saturday morning 8:00 am - 9:30 am)

These volunteers need to be able to perform tasks involving physical labor. They will set up and arrange tables and chairs for the event and move boxes of books to designated tables. 


Book Setters - (20 volunteers needed Friday from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm)

These volunteers will help unpack books and place books on the author's table, set up signage, set up different work stations, and prepare for the Book Fair on Saturday.


Information Desk Volunteers and Volunteer Check-In - (8 volunteers needed Saturday - 3 hour shifts)

These volunteers will answer questions from attendees. Such information might include locations of events, as well as general inquiries (i.e price lists, times of events, location of rooms, first aid, restrooms, food, parking, etc.). Volunteers will also assist with Volunteer Check-In or other attendee needs as requested.


Cash Register Assistants (6 volunteers needed Saturday - 3 hour shifts)

These volunteers will help direct patrons to the cash registers as they become available and will bag the books for the cashier in order to keep the lines moving as fast as possible. You will not be handling cash or operating a cash register.


Author Wranglers - (6 volunteers needed Saturday)

These volunteers will be responsible for moving presenting authors from their tables on the sales floor to the location of the presentation in a timely fashion. Wranglers will work with Area Captains to ensure that all presentation materials (A/V, etc.) are in place and working properly.


Author Check-In - (6 volunteers needed Friday in 2 hour shifts; 8 volunteers needed Saturday - 2.5 hour shift)

These volunteers will greet authors upon arrival and provide them with Book Fair materials. They will help carry the author's books and personal items to his or her table. These volunteers must be able to lift boxes of books and/or use a dolly for boxes over 50 lbs.

Greeters - (30 volunteers needed Saturday in 2.5 hour shifts)

These volunteers will welcome attendees at the entry doors, distribute catalogs and shopping bags, and hand out entrance stickers.


Receipt Checkers/Information Providers - (9 volunteers needed Saturday in 2.5 hour shifts)

These volunteers will check receipts at the exits, thank patrons for attending, hand out bookmarks with next year's Book Fair date and encourage patrons to come back next year. You will also be stationed on the concourse and direct patrons to the presentation stages and check-in booths.


Hospitality - (12 volunteers needed Saturday - 2.5 hour shifts)

These volunteers will check with authors throughout the shift to see if they need any assistance. These volunteers will also check with Area Captains throughout the shift providing waters to the authors and helping where needed.


T-Shirt Sales - (6 volunteers needed Saturday - 2.5 hour shifts)

These volunteers will sit at a table and sell event t-shirts.


Social Media Communicators - (1 volunteer needed Friday for 4.5 hour shift; 4 volunteers needed Saturday - 3.5 hour shifts)

These volunteers will walk around the arena and communicate on Kentucky Humanities social media pages what is happening at the Book Fair. These volunteers should be comfortable using Facebook, sending Tweets and posting pictures on Instagram. They will take pictures of events happening throughout the day and post to social media.


Tear Down - (30 volunteers needed Saturday 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm)

These volunteers need to be able to perform tasks involving physical labor. They will be packing books and moving large boxes of books to a specified loading area. They will assist in removing and packaging signage. They will assist authors as they leave the building with books. They will be taking down chairs on the concourse to clear area for an evening event. This job also includes folding linens, repacking left-over supplies, taking down and stacking tables and chairs.