Join us for our monthly meeting, third Wednesday of the month at 7:00PM at  the Geauga County EOC – 12518 Merritt Rd, Chardon, OH.

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GEARS organizes a group of volunteers at the Great Geauga County Fair. It’s our biggest volunteer event of the year: In 2022, we had 52 volunteers for a total of 1,367 volunteer hours.

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

Volunteer Stats

Year Volunteers Volunteer Hours Transports
2018 1130 1125
2019 60 1272 1174
2021 42 1100 600
2022 52 1367 1164