SNOWMASS VILLAGE - The producers of the Snowmass Mammoth Festival say they want to hire locals as vendors and volunteers - they just haven't reached out to them yet. Snowmass Tourism has hired SBG Productions, based in Telluride, to revamp the former Chili Pepper and Brew Fest held every June. While staff from the company and other outside personnel will be on-site at the event, set for June 7 and 8, SBG Productions has said it wants to hire Snowmass residents as volunteers and staff. "SBG is committed to using local staffers who have worked with the event in the past and will augment this group with security and event staff to ensure that an unnecessary burden is not placed on the town's public-safety staff and resources," the statement said. "SBG intends to hire local TIPS-certified bartenders and qualified staff where appropriate."In the past, local bartenders were hired and paid to work at the event, and volunteers helped with other duties and received tickets and a T-shirt. Snowmass Tourism staff members also worked the event. Alchemy Productions, of Glenwood Springs, will handle the stage production for the Mammoth Festival. SBG Productions also will bring in some security personnel that it has worked with before "because they know we run things," Kight said. The core staff of the company, about eight to 10 people, also will be on-site.Landmark Event Staffing Services Inc. will coordinate the hiring of bartenders, as it does for the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, which SBG Productions also puts on. Kight said that is outsourced for liquor-license liability and that the staffing company also monitors pouring and makes sure the bar tents run efficiently. "It's an area of a lot of cash," said Steve Gumble, president of SBG Productions. "It's a concern for us no matter where we are. ... We've made it clear that we want them to work as much (with locals as possible)." However, Gumble said the company will look for the most qualified people. Bartenders will have to be TIPS-certified and will be paid. Gumble said the bar menu will be simpler, which is one of the ways the company is tightening expenses on the festival so that it can generate more income in the future.Volunteers can work other positions, such as in the box office and some security and production, for five hours and receive a festival pass and a T-shirt. "We desperately need locals," Gumble said. "We need people to volunteer. ... It takes an army to make this run."Gumble said his company plans to work on staffing this week."We want to embrace and incorporate local staffing as much as possible," Gumble said. "We just haven't reached out to anyone. It's the next thing on the list to do."Gumble said another part of the problem is that his staff doesn't have many relationships with people in Snowmass Village yet. "We need to meet people, know how they work, their attitude, their knowledge," he said. "Give us a chance to make those relationships."The company is planning four vendor and six food booths at the festival, Kight said, which will now be held in Town Park. "SBG staff has already received calls and are working with local merchants regarding vendor opportunities at the event site and post-concert, after-hours events to enhance the event experience both on the Snowmass Mall and in Base Village," the company said in the statement. "A full list of participating vendors will soon be available on the event website."Gumble said the festival won't run exactly as it has in the past, but that's why his company was hired by Snowmass Tourism. "The festival needed kind of a little bit of a change," he said. Those interested in volunteering or bartending can email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org@snowmasssun.com
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