Posted: Jul 15, 2013 9:38 AM by Keele Smith
Updated: Jul 15, 2013 9:38 AM
BUTTE - On Sunday, with the Montana Folk Festival winding down, volunteers were still busy working hard to collect donations for next year.
Volunteers with the "bucket brigade" were easy to spot with their bright red buckets and black smocks. They've become a staple at the annual event. While the three-day festival is free of charge, it's not free to put on, so volunteers cruise through the crowd, collecting donations.
"I can't think of a better way to volunteer than having so much fun dancing around listening to great music," volunteer James Cox said.
Cox and his son, Bridger, make the rounds through the crowd. It's their third year volunteering. Twelve-year-old Bridger says he likes to go everywhere at the festival.
"Not just go up and then come back down. I like to go down at the bottom a couple times then go all the way up to the top then go down to the middle," he explained.
James plays his bucket like a drum, dancing through the crowd. He says people are feeling generous this year.
"From all the other years I remember doing this, this year I've gone through more stickers than I can even count," James said.
The stickers handed out by volunteers let people know that you dropped a donation in the bucket.
With donations piling up inside his bucket, Bridger says the job can get tiring.
"It's easy at first, but then as people start putting money in, the bucket gets heavier and harder to carry, you know," he said.
His dad agrees, but says he gets a boost from the crowd.
"The energy I get from the musicians and the people that enjoy whatever entertainment I'm giving them, gives me the energy back to keep on going through my shift," he said.
About 200 donation buckets are used for the three-day festival, according to one volunteer.