Tuesday, February 19, 2013

CLUCK Volunteers Needed for the County Fair

For the third year, CLUCK volunteers (that may include you) will be helping out at the Small Animal Tent at the 2013 Sarasota County Fair, which includes feature chickens and also includes rabbits and cavies (AKA Guinea Pigs). The Fair runs March 15th through the 24th, so there are lots of opportunities to participate.

Why would you want to do this? There are at least four reasons. First this a great opportunity for education -- both your own and the education of fairgoers. For volunteers, it is a great chance to see different breeds and gain insight into their temperament and the size and color of their eggs. In addition, your participation assisting the organizers helps both educate fairgoers regarding 4H and FFA (Future Farmers of America) and manage the excitement that is generated by cotton candy-fueled kids, curious teens, crowing roosters, and baby chicks. It's also an opportunity to promote CLUCK at our CLUCK OUTREACH TABLE. Finally, volunteers serving at least a two hour shift will be given free fair entry on the day of their service. What I like to do is help out for a two hour shift, then enjoy the fair, and come back later to see if they need any help.

It's easy to sign up. Just contact Janie Besselman at jbesselm@scgov.net.

Some volunteer slots may already be filled, so contact Janie
at 941-232-8420 to see what is still available.
This is just another way local CLUCK can promote successful, responsible chicken ownership in Sarasota County. 

Glenda "Janie" Besselman
Administrative Specialist
Sarasota Soil & Water Conservation District
University of Florida/IFAS Sarasota County Extension Services
Sarasota County Community Services
USDA-NRCS Manasota Service Center
6942 Professional Parkway, East
Sarasota, FL 34240
941.907.0011 (office)
941.907.0015 (fax)