Friday, August 20, 2010

"Free Your Glee!" at the Puyallup Fair

Yes! It's time to do the Puyallup. This year's theme is "Free Your Glee!"

Last year park staff and volunteers talked to over 8200 people and thousands more saw our exhibits. 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 25’ space will have two exhibits, one will try to answer the question "What can you see at Mount Rainier when you can't see Mount Rainier," and another one features the 10 National Park Service sites in Washington. Along with our "paws and poop" display, kids will be able to make bookmarks with stamps of their favorite animal tracks. 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 10th through September 26th. 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.

As in past years, park supervisors may allow their employees to do a shift at the fair on park time if the supervisor can make a day available. Including drive time and shift time it usually makes close to an eight hour day. Park employees who volunteer to do a shift on their own time may wear their normal uniform.

Our exhibit space will be along a trail wandering through native plants and connecting five different organizations. The groups in the Northwest Outdoors Building are working hard to make the area both fun and educational. You will have a great time at the fair and I look forward to hearing from you.

Anyone interested in helping out should contact Jim Ross at

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