More than 2,000 volunteers make the Williamson County Fair happen


More than 2,000 volunteers make the Williamson County Fair happen

By KEVIN WARNER

The 14th annual Williamson County Fair begins in less than two weeks, and some volunteers are still
needed to help bring the nine days of fun to the Ag Expo Park.

The fair relies almost entirely on volunteers each year.

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A Home Depot fair volunteer helps a fairgoer make a helicopter in one of the many hands-on activities. // SUBMITTED

Exhibits like the 4-H Youth Village and the Little 1s Farming need more help. Of the more than 2,000 volunteers throughout the fair, it takes about 300 to run the 4H Youth Village, and an additional 250 run the Little 1s Farming for the duration of the fair.

Volunteer coordinator and fair board member Chelsey McMahon grew up in Williamson County and the fair always held a special place in her heart. McMahon also understands the role volunteers play in the fair’s run.

“The fair requires over 2,000 volunteers to make the nine days of fun happen. We could not open the
gates without the help of dedicated volunteers,” she said. “Volunteers bring energy, enthusiasm and a
true sense of community to the fair.”

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A young fairgoer gets help with a fishing activity. // SUBMITTED

Volunteers the at Little 1s Farming, located in Barn A of the Tractor Supply Co. Livestock Area, will help youngsters “become a farmer for a day,” planting, harvesting and selling their crops. The children spend their earnings on a snack. The interactive exhibit is always a favorite of younger fairgoers and their families.

4H Village volunteers will assist with from the 30 x 30-foot butterfly house The Robotics Challenge.
Village, located in the air-conditioned Ag Expo Arena, will have a lot of interactive and live contests
throughout the nine-day fair.

“Volunteers will assist fair visitors with their activities and enjoy their smiles as they work on their
individual projects or interactive stations,” McMahon said.

Visitors to the fair will see the volunteers before they even set foot within the fair itself. The fair
partners with local high school booster clubs to help with things like parking, tickets and the midway.

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Caring for the animals at the fair involves chores for both exhibitors and volunteers. // SUBMITTED

The Centennial High School Band Booster Club will help with free parking this year. All visitors should enter the fairgrounds through Gate 1 and wait to be shuttled to the fair ticket booth. Details can be found HERE.

The Page High School Band Booster Club will be at the ticket booths to grant visitors admission to the fair.

Guests will be able to print their ticket at home and enter quickly using the Fast Pass Lane. General
admission to the fair is $7 for anyone over the age of 13 (Adult). For visitors ages six – 12 admission
costs $4, and all persons the age of six receive free admission. Advance online tickets and ticket
specials can be found HERE on the fair website.

Ravenwood High School’s Band Booster Club will help on the midway. Hours and ticket prices for the midway rides can be found HERE. Midway tickets are not included the general admission.

Volunteers can sign up by emailing volunteers@williamsoncountyfair.org or on the
website www.williamsoncountyfair.org. A typical volunteer’s shift runs about 3-4 hours.

Volunteers who sign up early are treated to a complimentary volunteer dinner before the fair opens, a volunteer t-shirt, (while supplies last) and receive free entry to the fair for the day that they serve.

The 2018 fair gets started Aug. 3.

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