GEARS organizes a group of volunteers at the Great Geauga County Fair. It’s our biggest volunteer event of the year: In 2021, we had 42 volunteers for a total of 1,140 volunteer hours.
The 2022 Fair will require more volunteer hours as it will run for an additional day to celebrate the 200th anniversary!
We perform a number of functions at the fair as described below, but it’s also an exercise for us: As part of our emergency- and disaster-preparedness role within the county, we’re able to practice deploying equipment and resources in the field.
What does GEARS do at the fair?
- Dispatch and drive golf carts to help people get around the fairgrounds and to and from the parking lot.
- Staff the sheriff’s office building outside of Gate 1.
- Walk the fairgrounds to provide eyes and ears for the on-duty fire departments and the sheriff’s office.
- Perform other miscellaneous tasks to assist the sheriff’s office.
- Provide surveillance cameras for fair personnel and the Sheriff’s Office to monitor traffic and parking.
- Provide IP telephone service on the fairgrounds.
- For more information about the fair itself, please visit http://geaugafair.com.