Work for RVers and Campers News and Updates #529 ~ August 18, 2008

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Email the Editor/Publisher ~ Coleen Sykora

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Update From Your Work For RVers and Campers Newsletter Editor

We worked the Kenai Peninsula State Fair this past weekend. Alaska has several state fairs and this is one of them. Ag displays, 4-H exhibits, and the commercial booths make up a large part of it. Comparatively speaking, it resembles a county fair. We had a vendor's booth, selling Watkins products. The natural and old timey products fit right in with the family values promoted at the fair. Sales were good!

Bob and I've been vendors at shows, markets, and special events for 20 years now. Interesting enough, this is the first time we've had a booth at either a state or county fair.

It sure was nice to have the RV close. At the end of the day, instead of having to drive a long way or go to a motel, we walked across the street and had the comfort and familiarity of home.

Wherever you are in your work and travels, we wish you joy and prosperity,


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Current Job Openings for RVers

Here's a sampling of the newest Help Wanted ads posted on the Work For RVers and Campers website:

~ Convenience Store Assistant Manager, Pay For All Hours Worked
~ Salary and RV Site For Camphost At FL Resort
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These are among the most current listings of available jobs.


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Working RVer Tip

People Buy From People Like Themselves

RVers tend to trust RVers. Many full-timers prefer to do business with other full-timers. There's also much loyalty to camping and RVing clubs. Sort of like keeping the business in the family.

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Ways RVers Make Money

Here’s a sampling of work RVers can do to earn a living and pay for their travels. This week's list highlights things we saw at the fair.

~ Entertainers: jugglers, clowns, musicians, artists
~ FCC information specialist
~ Political aids
~ Temporary fair staff: parking, trash collection, security
~ Game and ride operators
~ Product sales: crafts, MLM, clothing, toys
~ Food and beverage concessions

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Words of Wisdom from Workers

Keys To Success

~ Jonimay writes: Go in with a positive attitude and you will do good. Ask plenty of questions, as you learn.

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Working State and County Fairs

Here are some things we learned firsthand about working the fair:

1. Booth set-up fees can be reasonable. Our basic booth rent for the entire fair was $100. We wanted electricity, so that cost us an extra $25. We've paid more to set up at a weekend flea market.

2. Last minute vending space is available. I dislike making time commitments and put off even inquiring about the fair until late June. We turned in our application in July.

3. It pays to accept plastic. A lot of our customers paid with credit cards.

4. Campground reservations are not necessary. We parked in the regular parking lot. They charged us a bit more than they did cars. However, it was still much less than the campground prices. It was also much more convenient. Of course, this works only for RVers who actually use their RV's self-contained features.

5. The fair wasn't much fun in the traditional sense. One of us always needed to be at the booth. So, when we did go look at the other exhibits, it was like going to the fair alone.

6. Rules aren't enforced. One example of this is that vendors were supposedly required to be open between certain hours, but they opened late and closed early.

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More About Fair Workers

One gentleman explained he's allowed to sell preserves, but not relishes. This is due to health department regulations. So, he makes sure his canned mixture of zucchini, tomatoes, and onions meets the definition of "preserves." This is a great example of how tweaking an idea can overcome what at first glance looks like a major obstacle.

If you noticed "FCC Information Specialist" in the list above and wondered what that was about, here's the scoop. He had information about the change over from analog to digital TV. He also had applications for coupons for the converter boxes. He works for the federal government and travels the country handing out this information. His wife and young son were with him, though spent little time at the booth.

The rides and games at this fair were owned and operated by individuals or families, not a carnival. The young man running the gyroscope ride attends college during the school year. He travels and works with his dad during the summer to earn his college tuition.

A fair is an excellent place to get ideas. Taking a quick walk down the midway, I saw a sketch artist, a booth with backdrops for old timey photographs, a vendor selling fresh produce, someone doing face painting, and a gold panning attraction. At one of the busiest booths, they were selling cheap plastic toys.

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Positive RVing Attitudes

A good laugh overcomes more difficulties and dissipates more dark clouds than any other one thing. ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder

A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but after a while he gets to know something. ~ Wilson Mizner

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Soldotna, AK 99669

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