Douglas “Scotty” Scott went to work for The Puyallup Fair in 1982. At the time, he was the lead engineer, and they “ran a little train around,” Scott said.
He’s 92, and he’s still going strong.
Scott, who calls himself a member of the environmentalist impact service, runs the trash compactor and keeps everyone in line. In his spare time, he wanders the fair and talks to people.
Scott doesn’t plan to retire anytime soon, and his boss, Bret Bosley, hopes he keeps working for a long time.
“I met Scotty in 1990 when I took over the day cleanup department at the fair, and I kind of inherited him,” Bosley said. “He was part of the crew, and I was enthralled with him.”
Scott’s daughters say he’s just one of those people who needs to be around other folks.
A World War II veteran who landed on the beach at Normandy on D-Day, Scott and his wife, Betty, raised eight children. They’ve been married for 66 years.
Scott, who was born in 1921 in Chehalis, worked at the fair when he was as a kid. He led animals down a back street to the fair gates.
“I earned 25 cents per animal and thought I was a millionaire,” he said.
Bosley calls Scott “dad.”
“He keeps the younger guys going, and they try to keep up with him,” said Bosley, who considers Scott a good friend. “If a problem comes up, he handles it.”
Bosley wants to keep Scott working as long as he can. He has 45 employees on his crew, which works every day to keep the fair tidy.
Bosley said when he has to leave the grounds, he knows Scott will run the show.
“I know if I leave, and dad is down there, he will keep things going,” Bosley said.
Scott’s face lights up as he talks about the fair starting up. His daughters say it’s a slow process to walk through the fair with their dad, since he stops to talk to nearly every vendor.
Scott remembers when horse races were held during the grandstand show. He’s seen a lot of change throughout the years.
“I’m going to keep working until they say, ‘No more,’ ” he said.
Bosley said that likely won’t happen any time soon.
Joan Cronk is a freelance reporter for the Herald.