Jul 17, 2015

County fairgrounds to get campground host

Park County is looking for a volunteer to help campers and horse-stall renters at the county fairgrounds this summer.

Commissioners created the new campground host position at the request of Park County Events Coordinator Echo Renner.

She said there’s a need for someone to greet campers after regular fair office hours and generally keep an eye on things — like making sure all campers have paid and directing the multitudes of RVs that arrive for the fair.

A volunteer will help campers like these at the Park County Fairgrounds. Cody News Co. photo by CJ Baker
When Renner proposed the idea last month, Commissioner Tim French wanted to be sure the host won’t bother campers.

“This is a pretty serious thing, because people don’t like being run roughshod over,” French said.

Renner said she’ll be looking for someone who works well with the public and isn’t adversarial.

“I don’t want someone who’s going to irritate our campers, just someone to make sure things are going OK,” she said.

“If we don’t find the right person, I’m not going to hire just anyone” and “we may or may not have someone for the fair,” Renner told commissioners last week.

When chosen, the host will check campers and horse-stall renters in and out, take their payments by credit card, help them find their spots and answer any questions. The host also will be asked to help clean up the camping areas, horse stalls and restrooms.

“I don’t want someone who’s going to irritate our campers, just someone to make sure things are going OK,” Park County Events Coordinator Echo Renner said.

While they’re expected to watch for problems, “this is primarily a customer service position to assist campers and horse stall renters, and to make sure these areas run smoothly during, and outside of, the Park County Fair,” says the job description approved last week. “This is not a security or law enforcement position.”

The host must live on the grounds.

In exchange for the service, they’ll get a free RV camping site with a full hook-up. Also, they and any immediate family members living with them on the grounds will get an all-access pass to the Park County Fair.

Renner expects the host will work somewhere between five and 20 hours per week, with a heavier workload around fair time.

The seasonal position will run through Sept. 10.

The Park County Fair Manager used to live on the grounds, but the county did away with the residence in 2011.

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