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Tanana Valley State Fair seeking volunteers and staff

Published: Jul. 28, 2021 at 4:12 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The Tanana Valley State Fair is currently facing a shortage of workers ahead of opening day.

According to Mahla Strohmaier, Executive Director for the Tanana Valley State Fair, there are plenty of positions available. “Just like the rest of the nation, we have a shortage of employees right now. We have been advertising positions for months. We’ve been getting applications and we will set up interviews. People don’t show up. We have a crew right now that is about 20 short, and the fair starts in one week, so we are a little concerned. We do have a better ratio of volunteers, but we could still use more, and if anyone wants to volunteer, it’s a great way to get a free ticket to the fair if you volunteer for three hours. There are lots of different ways to volunteer, and we will take volunteers any time they want to come. If you come to the fair and you love it, you want to come back again but you want to help, come see someone in the office.”

Despite being short staffed, the fair will stay on schedule with the main concern being trash collection according to Karen Lane, Operations Manager for the Tanana Valley State Fair. “If we continue to be short on that, it’s mostly our grounds crew - that’s the people that pick up the trash and clean up after the visitors that come to the fair - and then also cleaning of the bathrooms. So we will have to find other ways to pitch in to make it work, because we will make it work, but we’d be glad to have more on our crew.”

Strohmaier added, “We’d ask for a little patience from our wonderful fairgoers if the bathroom takes a little longer than normal or if the trash isn’t picked up quite as quickly this time, because we are very shorthanded.”

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