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Johnny Miller is emptying one of 21 dumpsters into a city trash truck during the Chase County Fair. Miller is retiring after 35 years of maintaining the Chase County fairgrounds. (Johnson Publications photo)

Fair’s cleanup man says it’s time to move on

    Johnny Miller is a familiar face in the community who’s always ready with a big smile and a wave.
    He has also been a key behind-the-scenes player for 35 years in maintaining above average cleanliness of the fairgrounds during the Chase County Fair & Expo.
    “I am very particular in keeping the grounds clean,” said Miller.
    Noting that thousands of people come to the Chase County Fair, he believes the impression they get of the fair and community is fodder for word of mouth—good or bad.
    “I don’t want people coming to a dirty fairground,” he said.
     Miller starts getting ready for the fair a month in advance by making sure he has 21 dumpsters, 25 90-gallon toters and 160 trash barrels ready to be placed on the grounds.
    He also ensures that arrangements for city equipment is in place and extra help is lined up for the busiest days of the fair.
    “It takes a lot of preparation,” Miller said.
    The week before fair, Miller begins the labor-intensive process of distributing all trash containers throughout the fairgrounds.
    The week of fair, he goes to work around 2 a.m. to clean every area of the fairgrounds and empty the trash receptacles, as well as picking up various pieces of trash left by fair-goers.
    Part of the job includes daily cleaning of the grandstands, Eagles’ booth, open air pavilion, camping and parking areas, around the bingo stand—any place on the fairgrounds where people are.

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