Wednesday, March 6, 2002
The Hood River County Fair Board is looking for people willing to volunteer as chairmen and co-chairmen at the annual county fair.
Positions are open in a variety of open class departments, including hobbies and handicrafts, clothing, youth baked goods, food preservation, and many others. Potential volunteers are invited to apply for positions in departments reflecting their own interests, said county fair chairwoman Clara Rice.
Those considering the jobs are asked to contact fair personnel about the positions soon, so that names can be included in the 2002 Fair Book.
Duties of the open class department chairs and co-chairs include working portions of Monday and Tuesday, July 29-30, receiving exhibits and setting up, and working with exhibit judges Tuesday afternoon. They are then asked to spend some time during the fair providing security in the exhibit area and answering visitors' questions.
"Working at the fair is a great way to meet county residents and visitors, to enjoy the diversity of products and projects made by local people, and to have a role in what is truly one of the summer's big events," Rice said. "The Hood River County Fair has even received the honor of being named `Oregon's Best Fair'," she said.
For complete information, call the fair office at 354-2865. If there is no answer, leave a message and your call will be returned.
The Hood River County Fair returns July 31-Aug. 3 in Odell.
The theme of this year's fair is "Red White and Blue -- 4-H is For You." This is the 100th anniversary of 4-H.
Each year, the public can enter the fair Open Class categories, along with the popular FFA and 4-H judging.
Also new this year will be a talent contest, with cash prizes and the right to compete at the State Fair talent show.
Watch for more information in the fair premium book, due out in April.
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