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Calling All Gnomes

Fair time! August 21, 2022

It’s time for the fair! Once this hits your inbox, we will already be moving the cows in, shaking the flakes of hay out, and raking the alleyway for herdsmanship.

Below is a piece I wrote years ago. It was prompted because one of the FFA leaders was looking for a garden gnome to complete their display at the fair.  The request gave me pause to think and recollect all of the silly things that different fair displays and booths have required over the years. The hoops and handstands we go through to make for the perfect fair display makes me scratch my head and wonder why. It’s so funny! Does the public even notice?!?!? 

T-minus 1 day to go 🙂 I wonder what crazy things are trying to be found still on this eve before the start of the 2022 fair? “Calling all Gnomes!”

Happy Washington County Fair, folks!  Stop by Barn 4; we will be there!

Calling All Gnomes.

WANTED FOR HIRE: Gnome. Garden variety.  Must be at least 1 foot tall, but no higher than 2.  

Should be comfortable with large crowds.  

Willing to work one week for fair passes. After one week of active duty, the hired gnome must be content sitting in an obscure box, stuck somewhere in a dark corner of a barn, not to see the light of day for 347 days or so when the box is pulled out before the next fair. Gnome will either be re-hired or discarded in another dusty corner with miscellaneous unused parts and pieces of past displays that will be considered again for hire the following year. Date to be determined annually. 

Must be comfortable on long, hot days and willing to sit quietly under a heavy film of dust. Not adverse to extreme inclement weather like torrential downpours and high winds that bring crowds into buildings. 

Applications may be submitted in the FFA Farmland Building at the Washington County Fair.  

Please inquire immediately.  

Application deadline: Now.  

Start date: As soon as possible, or at the very latest, the start of the fair, Monday, August 22nd, by 5 pm.  

Fair passes will be provided.