Posted 2019-05-20 9:59 AM (#7429426 - in reply to #7429165) Subject: RE: Getting people to help at jackpots
Location: Displaced Iowegian
Delta Cowgirl - 2019-05-15 3:54 PM
Katielovestbs - 2019-05-15 3:39 PM
I would get in touch with your local 4h clubs! Our 4h girls always help out at the jackpots. It qualifies as a volunteer event, and helps gives them projects and responsibilities.
I think this is a great idea -- if you have an active local 4-H club. I'd up the office charge in order to make a donation to the 4-H club to help support their activities -- and let folks know why the office charge increased, i.e. to assure the jackpot has workers and to donate to a good cause! When I was managing/producing breed shows I hired ag students from a local college -- I contacted a professor there and let him know I needed hired help and they would be paid; would get to meet many equine professionals, and get a free lunch and should dress 'western' -- jeans, long-sleeved shirt and hat. I ended up with four students who stayed with me for the duration of my time producing shows - they were awesome. Participants loved them - as they got to know these kids over time and our shows ran so much faster and so smooth..... win-win for students, participants and me :) I treated them very professionally -- we had 'training' so they knew they jobs / expectations.
^^^ THIS .... we put on team penning/sorting events for two years. I paid my workers (announcers/flagger). For other jobs (gate, changing cattle, etc) when available, I hired 4-H kids. I also let them run an eat stand and sell 50/50 raffles to make money for their clubs. Most times, those who won the raffle donated the money back to the club.
Posted 2019-05-20 10:30 PM (#7429487 - in reply to #7429135) Subject: RE: Getting people to help at jackpots
Lived to tell about it and will never do it again
One of the reasons that I quit the NBHA's was because we put on team ropings for 20+ years. I worked enough at those that I really just wanted to go somewhere that I couild compete and have a good time and relax, not have to work more. We paid on average 6 people at our ropings. Hire outside people to set barrels, work gates and announce. Expecting people to work for free when they are there to relax/compete and have a good time isn't reasonable. Charge the extra money to pay for the help.
Posted 2019-05-21 12:12 AM (#7429491 - in reply to #7429135) Subject: RE: Getting people to help at jackpots
At several of our jackpot shows we have around here we have a sign up sheet for people to work the gate & for which class, who's gonna set barrels & for which class......they get to chose the barrel they want to set. We put the names in a drawing & 2 people get a free open entry fee at the next show. This way not one person is setting a barrel the entire show. It makes it a lot nicer & we get a lot of volunteers that way & they get their name in for a free open entry.
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