Evergreen State Fair conducts background checks on workers

Philip Curtis Shelly, a registered sex offender, was arrested at the Pacific County Fair Thursday.

A registered sex offender who had been found working a booth at the Pacific County Fair may have also worked the Clallam County Fair. But that's unlikely to be the case at the Evergreen State Fair in Monroe.

The Hayworth Family Shows,  which operates the carnival booths at both the Pacific and Clallam county fairs, doesn’t do background checks on workers because the checks are too expensive. Private companies aren’t required to do such checks.

But the manager of the Evergreen State Fair in Monroe, Hal Gausman, isn’t taking any chances. All of his workers undergo background checks, about $20 a person.

'We just realized that it`s part of doing business and we realize it`s just something we have to do. We want to provide the safest facility possible,” Gausman said.

Undercover officers patrol the grounds and monitor surveillance video. Gausman thinks these fairgrounds are the safest place in Snohomish County.

“There`s probably more police protection out here per person than any other place in the county,” Gausman said. Pacific County sheriff’s deputies arrested a registered sex offender Thursday who was working a booth at the Pacific County Fair. 

On Thursday, Pacific County sheriff's deputies arrested a sex offender working at that county fair in South Bend.

Sheriff's detectives contacted Philip Curtis Shelly, 51, a Level 2 registered sex offender, who was working for the Hayworth Family Shows carnival and determined he was wanted by the state Department of Corrections on multiple counts of having contact with minors while working  at a similar carnival booth at the Clallam County Fair last week. 

The case is currently under investigation, and there may be charges filed in Clallam County for violations of his parole, Pacific County Sheriff Scott Johnson said.  Shelly was convicted in 1998 for child rape and served time in prison for the charge. 

“There is no indication at this time that any children were harmed in any way at the Pacific County Fair,” Johnson said. “I appreciate the notification from DOC that Shelly may have traveled with the carnival to Pacific County.”

Shelly was being held in the Pacific County Jail pending extradition.