Step right up! Help at the 2011 Georgia National Fair

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Volunteers Tom Gresham (left), Allen Vegotsky (center), and JC Burns (right) prepare an interactive display table for the 2010 Georgia National Fair.

Come One, Come All! Step Right Up! Be an exciting part of the Georgia National Fair!

The Society for Georgia Archaeology is now recruiting volunteers to present Abby the ArchaeoBus at the Georgia National Fair. The ArchaeoBus is a fun mobile classroom and museum containing hands-on interactives inside and out. The 2011 Georgia National Fair in Perry runs from Thursday, October 6 through Sunday, October 16.

No experience is necessary, but volunteers must be dedicated to the ethics of the Society for American Archaeology (SAA). [SAA requires that archaeological sites and artifacts be excavated under supervision of professional archaeologists using accepted scientific methods and standards. Artifacts are not sold or kept, but placed as a collection with a museum or university.]

We currently are recruiting volunteers for all days and time slots. Fair hours are 8am to 10pm, which means setup begins at 7am and breakdown starts in earnest at 10pm. Shifts generally run from 7am-3pm and 3pm-11pm (with a break for food-funnel cakes, sausage and peppers, corn dogs, BBQ chicken, fried pickles, of course!). While working one or more shifts will be greatly appreciated, we understand that not everyone can work those allotted times.

Click here to email Rita Elliot (or call her at 912.826.5214) to make your reservation or if you have questions. Don’t delay as the slots will fill up fast! Volunteers will receive a free ticket for each day a shift is worked, along with a wonderful experience and exciting stories to regale friends in years to come.

Come work the fair and learn its inner secrets—be the carny that you’ve always dreamed of being for a few days! Join the elite society of the Abby the ArchaeoBus Fair Crew, the few, the proud, the Abbyites!

Read stories about the 2010 Georgia National Fair by clicking here.