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Hundreds Of Volunteers Help Out At Fair

August 7, 2012, 5:27 PM by Michaela Read

Hundreds Of Volunteers Help Out At Fair
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

You wouldn't expect to see Santa this time of year

"Well we're not talking about what to get for Christmas, Santa's here to check the naughty and nice list," Lyle Kroon said.

But for Lyle Kroon, or Santa as he is known today, trading in the North Pole for the Sioux Empire Fair was an easy decision.

"It's so much fun out here and just having a great time, making people smile," Kroon said.

Kroon is one of hundreds of volunteers who are stepping up to help out.

"We would not be able to do it without volunteers it just wouldn't work," Sioux Empire Fair Event Manager Jo Beal said.

Although there's the option to apply for a job that pays, Beal, like Kroon is among those who opt to do the work without the paycheck.

"We do have more and more stepping up each year," Beal said.

It's not always easy to balance the fair's finances, which is why any savings goes right back into improving the fair experience for fair-goers.

"As everyone knows, we've had a little bit of a problem with the facility and we need to fix it up and take all the dollars we can and put it back into the facility," Beal said.

And with so many volunteers to help out, it's easy to see who will be on Santa's nice list this year.

"I will continue to volunteer as long as I'm allowed," Beal said.

"I just love to support community activities and when you give back to the community, it always comes back to you in many ways," Kroon said.

The 200-plus volunteers on hand this week at the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds will be working hard throughout the rest of the fair, which continues until Sunday.

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