With the Clatsop County Fair less than two months away, the call is going out for volunteers to help at the event and be part of the fun.

"The fair is able to deliver on its promise of affordable family fun because of the help of its behind-the-scenes volunteers," county Volunteer Coordinator Brandi Helligso said. "Helping out at the fair is a great way to meet new people and catch up with old friends, as well as doing something good for your community."

Applications to volunteer at the fair are being accepted. An orientation for volunteers will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the fairgrounds, five miles east of Astoria on Walluski Loop off Oregon Highway 202.

Volunteers are needed to work the ticket booths. Booth attendants work four-hour shifts between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. during the fair, Aug. 2 through 6. They will take money for admissions and parking fees and hand out schedules. Attendants must be at least 18, pass a background check, have cash handling skills and a friendly attitude.

Also, volunteers are needed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 31, when Open Class entries, such as flowers, foods, crafts and quilts, are brought in. Volunteers help check in and register entries, make receipts and set up displays. For this day, volunteers must be 16 or older, have good organizational skills and a friendly attitude. Physical labor may include moving tables and displays weighing 30 pounds.

Before the fair opens, volunteers are needed through July 15 to promote fair sponsorships. Volunteers must be at least 18, have professional telephone skills, positive attitudes and able to commit six to eight hours a week.

For more information and applications, contact Volunteer Coordinator Helligso at 325-1000 or fair Event Coordinator Angela Sidlo at 338-9921.

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