2019 Popcorn Festival Children’s Area

Beavercreek Christian Church has planned, funded, and provided the Children’s Area at the Beavercreek Popcorn festival since 2004. Every year we need 150+ volunteers to come together in order to provide a quality, safe, affordable and fun area for families in our community.


Important Dates

  • Sunday, August 25th – Deadline to pre-order T-shirts (which will guarantee you get one that fits!)
  • Friday, September 6th – Load up at BCC Garage
  • Saturday, September 7th – Early Morning Setup (Setup Crew) – GO! Serve at the Popcorn Festival
  • Sunday, September 8th – GO! Serve at the Popcorn Festival – Tear Down (Setup Crew) and put away at BCC

Frequently Asked Questions

When and Where is the festival?

Saturday, September 8th – 10am – 8pm
Sunday, September 9th – 11am – 6pm

The Children’s Area takes place in the parking lot of the American Legion on Dayton Xenia Rd. Click for Map

What are the volunteer opportunities?

The following is a list of all the volunteer opportunities

  • Sign up for a 2-hour shift for a game, inflatable, ticket tent
    • Saturday: 9:30-12, 12-2, 2-4, 4-6, 6-8
    • Sunday: 10:30-12, 12-2, 2-4, 4-6
  • Set Up / Tear Down Crews
    • Friday Night Load Up – September 7th, 6pm at the BCC Garage
    • Saturday Morning Setup – September 8th, 6 AM at the American Legion Parking Lot
    • Sunday Evening Tear-Down – September 9th, 6 PM at the American Legion Parking Lot – end at BCC to put things away
  • Prayer Breakfast Team – This group deliver free breakfast and coffee to vendors on Sunday morning via food carts. They offer to pray for their needs and collect prayer requests.

Who can I ask?

If you have a question that is not answered here, contact our coordinators, or call the church office.

Ben Chilcote – benchilcote@gmail.com
Nicole Chilcote – nchilcote@gmail.com
Church Office: (937) 429-0541

What should I bring?

Wear (or plan to change into) your new T-shirt. It is usually fairly hot during the festival so hats, sunglasses and suntan lotion can be helpful. We will do out best to provide shade and water to volunteers. Wear comfortable shoes. We also encourage you to leave personal and valuable items in your car during your shift. A positive attitude and servant heart are essential ☺

Where do I park?

We do not have a designated parking area, so we’ll be parking with the rest of the public.  Parking can be found in the Kroger and surrounding parking lots. Depending on your shift, you might have to park far away and walk.  Give yourself some extra time for this. Please heed any “no parking” signs.

The Children’s Area is located in the American Legion parking lot next to Taco Bell.

Can I invite others to help me work if they weren’t signed up?

By all means, yes! We encourage you and your family to work together or even to invite your friends or neighbors you are investing in.

Can my children work a game?

Inflatables must have at least one adult at all times. We’d advise children 12 and under not run a game without a responsible helper nearby. You know your child, so use your best judgement.

What if I can’t work my shift?

If you can’t work the shift you signed up for, please do your best to find a replacement. If you are unable to get a substitute, contact the church office as soon as possible so we can make sure your post is covered.

Do I need an official T-Shirt?

We introduced new t-shirts in 2018.  We are collecting T-shirt size information in the volunteer sign-up process (link above).  We will order extra but cannot guarantee the correct size unless it is specified by August 25. If you did not pre-order a shirt or pick up your shirt ahead of time, we will have the shirts in the supply tent.

T-shirts cost $5 each with a $20 maximum per family. We will collect cash or a check to Beavercreek Christian Church at pickup.

Important note about the Prizes

We spend hundreds of dollars and carefully plan out each prize for each game. You may be tempted to be generous and offer more prizes or bigger prizes than are designated. In past years this has resulted in running out of prizes early, which causes a bit of trouble for some of us. PLEASE FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS ON THE PRIZES. Don’t worry. The generosity is already built in with the extremely inexpensive ticket prices.

About Serving

“Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” Colossians 4:5-6

Let Colossians 4:5-6 govern your behavior while at the festival. Make the most of every opportunity you have to interact with someone. Be full of grace. Be present with each person no matter who they are or what they look like. Know how to answer everyone (say a prayer before you get out of your car that God’s truth will be on your lips). Surprise them with genuine kindness! Look for ways to help people in small ways. Look for was to just be a blessing to others. And watch for ways you can plant a seed of hope in someone’s life. Smile a lot. We bring the “salt” to the Popcorn Festival!