I have never volunteered at LMF because it is nowhere close to me, but it is nice to see a venue giving back to their volunteers by offering passes, swag, and discounts. I would have assumed it went without saying these passes couldn’t be sold or distributed… it is a reward for that volunteer.
That is head and shoulders above just about any venue I have ever volunteered at - where you will get water and possibly lunch, but nothing else. I did volunteer a few times at Full Gallop when I lived in Aiken, and was happily surprised to learn I earned a few XC schooling passes. I never got anything like that volunteering at venues in Area 1.
That being said, as much as I love to volunteer, you will not catch me doing a full day affair. I wonder if that’s what ate away the available pool of volunteers. I have way too many other responsibilities to do after a full day like that, like feed and take care of the animals - and for most of us, we’re attending on our only day off or taking time off to do it… it’s not easy. I do understand it can be a nightmare organizing the logistics of every volunteer but that is how you make a show run and volunteers return.