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Volunteers Ready for Firefly Music Festival

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DOVER, Del. (WBOC)- The Firefly Music Festival kicks off in two weeks in Dover.

Approximately 1,500 people volunteered at the first festival last year. This year, that number is expected to jump to 2,500.

Volunteering is a good deal for people wanting to enjoy the music, but applying does require something you might not expect.

Jimmy Pennewell went to Firefly as a regular festival-goer last year.  "It was a great experience," he said. "My wife and I went. We went all three days," said Pennewell.

This year he's hoping to go as a volunteer.

"We had such a great experience last year. I wanted to help others that have people that are also coming into town. I wanted to help those people experience the same great weekend."

Pennewell applied to be a bartender. To do that he had to fill out an application that required a $45 application fee and it's non-refundable, whether an applicant is picked to volunteer or not.

Coordinators say a fee like that is very standard in the music festival industry.

"Volunteers are given access to the 3-day festival and accommodations, while only working a portion of the event," said Lauren Shield, with the festival, in a statement.

According to the website, that's a $400 value per volunteer.

Pennewell was fine with paying the application fee. It's a small price to pay to be able to give back."

While he's confident he'll be picked to volunteer, if he's not, "It'll be a bit of a disappointment, but at the same time, it's not about the bartending, it's about helping others experience the festival." He's expecting it will be a great one this year.

You can still apply on the Firefly website through Thursday to be a volunteer. Festival organizers say the best way to stand out is to show a willingness to be flexible with shift times and express your extreme excitement for the big event.

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