Garrett retires from Finney County Fairgrounds

By SCOTT AUST, FCEDC Director of communications

Editor’s Note: This story is part of a series recognizing Finney County employees who retired in 2017.

Janet Garrett, 66, retired March 31 as office manager at the Finney County Fairgrounds after 15 and a half years with the county. Before that, Garrett worked at Garden City Travel for 23 years, a business then owned by her mother and sister.

Garrett started as a part time employee at the fairgrounds but within about a week was bumped up to full time.

“It was just time to retire,” Garrett said of her decision to leave the workforce. Garrett said she plans to continue doing volunteer work for Meals on Wheels and others.

As office manager, she did things like handle bookings, sending out contracts, keeping track of deposits and money.

“We set up tables. We cleaned stalls. I’ve done it all down there,” she said with a laugh.

Garrett said she enjoyed meeting new people while working at the fairgrounds, setting up for different events such as the Finney County Fair every year.

“It was a lot of fun,” she said.

An area resident her entire life, Garrett is divorced and has two sons and five grandchildren. She said she would recommend working for the county to anyone.

“One good thing for me was KPERs. I was a single mom for several years so that has helped me out, and actually enabled me to retire. Now, I can get up when I feel like it and do what I want to do,” said with a laugh. “Once the snow hits it’s going to be even nicer that I don’t have to get out.”