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Volunteers improve fairgrounds in exchange for day passes

For a little extra time and some elbow grease anyone who wants to work off the price of their day pass at the Ravalli County Fair this year can do volunteer work. Young people were painting benches Wednesday.

For a little extra time and some elbow grease anyone who wants to work off the cost of their day pass at the Ravalli County Fair can do volunteer work.

The fairgrounds needs sprucing up before the fair starts on Aug. 29.

Under adult supervision young people were busy painting benches at the fairgrounds Wednesday.

Children or adults can volunteer about four hours to pay off their day pass. The more hours they work the more passes they can rack up.

Volunteer Naomi Freund thought it was a good deal.

"Because I wanted to go to the fair with my friends this year," she said, "and I don't have a job, so I needed money and a pass."

A pass gets fairgoers into the gate with free parking and free rodeo access.

Fair manager Melissa Saville said there are a number of jobs that need to be done. She said there's work to do on bleachers and cosmetic work on the buildings.

The paint the kids were using Wednesday was donated by a local paint store.

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