Traffic employees 2017

The Traffic Crew posing for a photo shoot at the end of the fair. The workers direct traffic within the parking area and on the road. While the weather plays a significant part in parking the cars and moving traffic in and out of the fairgrounds, the crew works together help to make fairgoers enjoy coming to the fair.


Traffic Employees of the Year
Michael McHugh and Jenn Ocana

The 2017 Harford Fair is behind us and what a great fair it was! The many years of success of the fair is a credit to many groups as well as individuals. Included in that number are the many traffic workers who man the parking area. Chuck Latwinski initiated the Traffic Employee of the Year Award three years ago to recognize traffic workers who go above and beyond his or her duties throughout fair week. This year the two selected by their crew chiefs and agreed upon by the entire traffic crew as Traffic Employees of the Year 2017 are Jenn Ocana and Michael McHugh. Each possessed outstanding qualities which were noted by their crew chiefs when they received the award.

     This was Jenn’s second year working with traffic at the fair. She listens to directions, doesn’t complain, and can take over anytime in any of the traffic areas as needed. During an interview following her recognition, Jenn who is from Hancock, New York, said that it is a great group to work with. She graduated from Hancock Central High School and is presently a student at Keystone College in Factoryville.

     During Michael’s interview, he said that “making it fun is what gets the work done.” He was acknowledged as showing improvements in his three years working traffic which has resulted in outstanding performance on his part. He, too, can take over in any area of traffic as is needed. He is a graduate of Susquehanna Valley High School and is presently seeking regular employment.

     The traffic crew each year is composed of new as well as seasoned workers for the Harford Fair. In recognition of their dedication to the job and expertise in performance, the two received badges denoting them as Traffic Employees of the 2017 Harford Fair. As anyone can guess, traffic is not an easy area to work, having to deal with constant complaints by fairgoers of having to park too far away, claiming the need for a handicapped area to park, and from those who have to move because they parked inappropriately in reserved spots. However, the traffic staff takes the complaints in stride and just keeps smiling. Their positive nature certainly plays an important role in helping fairgoers enjoy the fair.

     These young employees are a fine example of the many dedicated workers as well as volunteers who perform all kinds of jobs which make the Harford Fair a highly successful annual event in Susquehanna County.