Volunteers are needed to assist at the 12th Carbon County Fair noted Liz McElwee, volunteer coordinator.

"It's all about having fun and so many of our volunteers return year after year," said McElwee. "They enjoy doing what they do best…volunteering and they enjoy being part of our fair family."

Each year at least two volunteers are recognized by the association during the opening ceremony.

Robert Silliman, fair board president, noted that last year's volunteers who were recognized during the opening ceremony include Dennis Cunfer of Lehighton and Liz McElwee of Pottsville, the Bond boys of Jim Thorpe and Concern Treatment Center, Lehighton.

McElwee noted that there are many volunteer opportunities available including, preparing and cleaning up of fairgrounds, office assisting, selling tickets, taking tickets, stamping hands, sharing information to fairgoers, providing security, parking cars, and assisting in the agriculture area.

For more information about getting involved please contact, Liz McElwee at 570-449-1268 or email the fair at ccllfa@ptd.net.

For volunteer opportunities in specific areas: Still Exhibits, contact Kristin Simmons at K. simmons1217@gmail.com or call her at 570-778-9026; livestock, contact Deanna Cunfer at 610-377-3749 or email her at ndfdlc@ptd.net; parking, contact Robert Lutz at 610-377-4534; Security, contact Joseph Herzog at 610-377-5693 or email him at herczeg@ptd.net.

McElwee noted that many positions require a security clearance. She added that all volunteers are covered, while volunteering, under the fair's volunteer insurance policy.

All volunteers are invited to the fair's annual volunteer picnic. This year's picnic will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28 at the Chapel Field pavilion.

The fair will be held on August 10-14, 2011 on Little Gap Road in Palmerton, Pennsylvania. For more information about the fair, go to the website at www.carboncountyfair.com or call 610-826-1862.