Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Volunteers needed to help at the Puyallup Fair

Volunteers receive free tickets and parking!

Another year has passed and it's time to do the Puyallup.

The park will have a prominent place in the Northwest Outdoors Building at the Puyallup Fair. Our 10' x 20' space will have two exhibits, one on the animals of the park and our efforts to keep wildlife wild, and another one featuring the park and its partners. But the most important part is a real live person representing the park and/or its partners, talking with all those enthusiastic fair goers.

This is where you come in. The fair runs from September 5th through September 21st. We would like to have at least one park person for each of the three 4-hour shifts a day (10 AM - 2 PM, 2 PM - 6 PM, 6 PM - 10 PM). You will receive a ticket for admission to the fair and a parking pass (together worth $20-$22). You can experience the fair before and/or after your shift. None of the evening concerts are free but there are a lot of free activities throughout the day. You can find out more by going to the fair web site at

I traditionally cover the afternoon and evening shifts on Saturdays and Sundays, but that leaves 45 shifts for you. From now until fair time I will be splitting my time between my park office and my Puyallup office so please email me with the day(s) and time(s) you can volunteer and hopefully we can match you up with an open shift. As I make the shift assignments, I will mail you instructions, maps, and tickets. All park employees, volunteers, and friends are welcome to help out.

Our SCA folks will be doing a number of presentations at the builiding's Hands-on Arena and the J-VIPA will be staffing the booth one day. Trading cards will be a new addition this year. Each organization in the Northwest Outdoors Building will have cards to give to the kids. Our cards will feature park animals and a message about keeping them wild. This should open up many more positive contacts with fairgoers, especially the kids. You will have a great time at the fair and I look forward to hearing from you.

Jim Ross
Outreach Specialist
Mount Rainier National Park

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