Friday, August 14, 2009

Let's Do the Puyallup!

Hello! We it's time again to look for volunteers to help with our National Park Service exhibit at the Puyallup Fair. We had great success last year talking to over 8600 people and this year should be even better.

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, our tabletop exhibit on the animals of the park and our efforts to keep them wild, and another one featuring the National Park Service sites in Washington. In recognition of the Ken Burns PBS series on the National Parks we will also have a station for fairgoers to make entries in a journal. But the most important part is a real live person representing the park service, talking with all those enthusiastic fairgoers.

This is where you come in. The fair runs from September 11th through September 27th. We would like to have at least one park person for each of the three 3 1/2-hour shifts a day (10:00 AM – 1:30 PM, 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM, 5:00 PM – 8:30 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. As I make the shift assignments, I will mail you instructions, maps, and tickets.

This will be the second year for trading cards. Each organization in the Northwest Outdoors Building will have cards to give to the kids and the building will have posters highlighting this activity. Our cards feature park animals and a message about keeping them wild. This should open up many more positive contacts with fair goers, especially kids. You will have a great time at the fair and I look forward to hearing from you.

I hope you can help out. An email response is best, since at this time of the year I work out of two locations.

Thanks and we will see you at the fair!
Jim Ross (
Outreach Specialist
Mount Rainier National Park

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