Volunteers wanting to help with the 2017 Lewisville Western Days can now sign up online.

The success of Western Days, which takes place Sept. 29 through 30, is largely dependent on people working behind the scenes to ensure a positive festival experience for everyone who attends. There is always room for more to join the volunteer force.

Volunteers are needed to fill a variety of roles at the event, ranging from logistics and set up, to working the festival gates and even assisting with festival attractions such as the World Tamale Eating Championship, which is also accepting competitors.

Volunteers will receive a free t-shirt from the event, as well as complimentary tickets to the festival for both days. There are several shifts and tasks available to accommodate practically any schedule or skill set.

To find the online application, go to lewisvillewesterndays.com and click on the “volunteer” tab. You will be redirected to the signup.com page where you can enter your email address to view the available times and duties.

This year’s Western Days event will feature Turnpike Troubadours and Randy Rogers Band as headlining musical acts, an expanded Western Village featuring the Tribal Traditions Dance Troupe, the Kid Kountry Playground presented by Castle Hills, a mechanical bull, a working blacksmith, Huffines Auto Dealerships Lewisville Cattle Drive Parade, Castle Hills Culinary Corner, an art gallery exhibit at Medical City Lewisville Grand Theater, and many more exciting, family-friendly activities.

Gates will open at 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday. Free tickets will be available for pick-up or download  at LewisvilleWesternDays.com on a future date.

Download or print as many as needed and present them at the gate for free admission between the hours of 5 and 7 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Beginning at 7 p.m. both nights, free tickets will no longer be redeemable, and a $10 charge will be assessed for admission for everyone except children under 10.

Festival-goers are encouraged to use the free shuttle service to access the festival grounds.

Shuttle hubs will be set up at DCTA Old Town Station, 617 E. Main Street; DCTA Hebron Station, 952 Lakeside Circle; and Vista Ridge Village Shopping Center, 2325 I-35E.

Shuttle times are 4 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on Friday, and 9 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. Saturday. Shuttles will run every 10 to 15 minutes.

While this is a pet-friendly event, pets and weapons will not be allowed on shuttle buses per bus company policy. Limited public parking will be available in various lots around Old Town.

For the latest information on Western Days 2016, please visit LewisvilleWesternDays.com.