Sometimes when people take a new job, they have the opportunity to ease into it. Brandie Osenbaugh started working as an office professional for the Pratt County Extension Service on July 1. She was told during the interview that she would be coming in at the most hectic time of the year.

"They said if I could make it through fair month I could make it through anything," Osenbaugh said.

She told her interviewers she knew nothing about the Extension Service, but she had the skills they were looking for.

So far, the new job is working out.

"It's been really great, fast-paced, but everybody is so nice and understanding," she said. "It's been a lot of fun; I don't really feel like I'm working."

As it turns out, she already knew a lot of the people who are involved in the 4-H program and the Pratt County Fair. Brandie Looney Osenbaugh grew up in Pratt, graduated from Pratt High School and Pratt Community College. She is married to Dwaine and they have an 18-month-old son, Shane. They like to go fishing, be outdoors and play with Shane.

She's not sure yet what her job will include, but she will take over the duties of Cindy Aramowicz, who is leaving at the end of the month to begin preparations for teaching elementary music at Macksville.

And "fair month?" Co-worker Kathy Stewart laughs. Work on the fair starts in January, she said, really gets busy in June and doesn't end until the middle of August — just in time to gear up for the state fair.