Kelly Fager

My Internship with Ohio Farm Bureau Federation

Week 9 – Almost There…

on July 1, 2013

Almost there…in 14 days we will be moving into the Nationwide Donahey Ag and Hort building with just 23 days until the opening day of the Ohio State Fair!  Where has the time gone?  Week 9 of my internship is already complete but the most excited part of my internship remains.

This week like any other was all about the finishing details for the Land and Living exhibit.  On Monday, we were able to have a meeting with Farm Bureau’s two graphic designers to talk about our designs for signage.  With our exhibit having “Welcome Booths” this year, we decided we wanted to have more of a mall directory kind of feel as well.  Instead of handing out maps we will be having maps designed and printed at all four doors.  These maps will be fun since they are being designed with logos to represent the area.  An example would be Ohio Christmas Tree Association.  Instead of writing out the name, it will instead have a Christmas tree instead.  We envision that families can stand at this map and their children can see exactly what is in building and be able to point to exactly they want to see.  At these welcome areas, our ambassadors will be greeting, answering questions, telling fairgoers about the building, what will be on stage, and any special exhibits that may catch their eye.  There will be kiosks with Our Ohio magazines and brochures about the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.  Our whole intent is to be “The Friendliest Building” at the Ohio State Fair.

On Tuesday, I was able to have two ambassadors come in for training that weren’t able to make Lazer Kraze with the other ambassadors.  These two went through a Conversation with EASE program and then I was able to go over expectations and other material.  It was nice getting to know these two individuals on a personal basis and for them to get to know the OFBF interns as well.  They both seem really excited and looking forward to the experience.

Who wants to work at Ohio State Fair?  Several emails were sent to OFBF employees and ambassadors turned in availability forms.  The fun began this week of trying to create a work schedule.  At first it didn’t seem like it would take very long but that wasn’t the case.  Trying to make sure ambassadors weren’t doing the same task every day, being creative when we didn’t have enough ambassadors and then adding a puppies display to the list after completing were just a few “bumps” we ran into.  We didn’t have all OFBF employees availability so we decided to work on ambassadors first.  Just as we were finishing this week I began receiving requests from ambassadors having new conflicts before even sending the work schedule.  This will be a work in progress as we continue to receive availability and won’t be finalized until the week of July 8.

I always wondered what it would be like to be a reporter, camera person, and what it would be like to be interviewed on camera for the public to see.  Well on Friday I had the opportunity to be all three.  Chip Nelson was able to do an OFBF training on media and video training.  After showing us how to set up, run everything, and give pointers he then surprised the three interns by saying it was our turn to put everything he said to work.  Talk about being nervous when doing it by yourself for real!  He sure threw us a curveball like Ohio State Fair VIP will when we aren’t expecting them.  It was a lot of fun having the opportunity to interview the other interns and run the camera.  After we were done having fun it was time to be serious and start recording promos for our members and media about coming out to the Land and Living exhibit from July 24 – August 4.  Well it wasn’t as easy as it looks on TV.  The camera rolled as we messed up multiple times and I’m sure many bloopers could come out of those tapes regarding funny faces we made when trying to stay serious!  To make our promo the best it can be, all interns agreed we needed to put some time into it by scripting out exactly what we want to say.  So we will be recording again in the coming weeks and possibly at the building to build suspense and interest in coming out for fair.

Lastly, I had the honor Tuesday night to attend a Tribute to E. Gordon Gee at the Ohio Statehouse. This event was sponsored and planned by Ohio Farm Bureau Federation with sponsor help coming from many of Ohio’s commodity organizations.  This event was a very nice tribute to President Gee as many legislators spoke very highly of him.  Governor Kasich also spoke and repeated many times what a great friend Gordon Gee is to him.  TBDBITL also marched into the Statehouse playing many of Ohio State’s favorites.  When the entire Statehouse sang “Carmen Ohio” one last time with President Gee I got goose bumps because it was the neatest thing I have experienced as a Buckeye!  I had the opportunity to greet President Gee and have my photo taken with him as well! For as many people were in the room, he still asked me to tell him about me.  He truly was an inspiration, humble, and well respected individual.  If it weren’t for my internship with OFBF, I never would have had this opportunity to meet him and definitely not in the venue I was able.  Internships and The Ohio State University are full of many wonderful and unexpected happenings!


Kelly Fager and Gordon Gee

This week I will be doing some more final touches in preparation for Ohio State Fair and continuing to countdown as the fair gets closer!


All Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Interns
Justin Stiers, Kelly Fager, Ian Adams, Gordon Gee, Kelly Guthrie


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