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Temporary Workers Needed for State Fair

Posted October 9, 2007
Updated October 11, 2007

— The State Fair starts Friday, and that means plenty of job opportunities for people looking for temporary work. Vendors found out Monday that there is definitely not a shortage of available workers as more than 400 applicants came out to the fairgrounds.

“Maybe, I think, I could get a job guessing weights or something,” job applicant Cathy Kirk said.

The Employment Security Commission opened a mobile employment office Monday at Gate 10, at the intersection of Blue Ridge and Trinity roads.

Around noon Monday, more than 200 people were waiting to fill out State Fair job applications.

“Being around here all my life, you know what I'm saying, the fair, you know, when you're a little kid, it's the place you want to go to,” high school student Brandon Allen said.

“I always wanted to work part-time at the fair and I thought I'd give it a try this year,” said Kirk.

Although most jobs are filled by the time the fair starts, some workers quit, creating additional openings.

“Even a minimum wage job, the hours you can get, whether it's daytime or nighttime or really all day, these hours can add up over the two weeks of the fair and that can mean a decent amount of money for these folks,” Larry Parker, Employment Security Commission spokesman, said.

Whether washing concession stands, setting up rides or juggling for fairgoers, folks with whom WRAL talked said there was just something special about working at the State Fair.

“Cause this is the State Fair, [you can] have a good time and see people just enjoy themselves as you're working and making a little money,” job applicant Gwen Smith said.

Anyone interested in a job at the State Fair needs to bring his or her Social Security card and a photo ID to apply.

For more information, call the ESC’s Public Information Office at 919-733-4329.

The North Carolina State Fair opens Friday and runs through Oct. 21.


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  • Sweet Tiffyhog Oct 9, 2007

    Carnies! Small hands, smell like cabbage!

  • dontjudgeme Oct 9, 2007

    Of course they need people now - they just lost 50 of their workers in the illegal alien sting.

  • lornadoone Oct 9, 2007

    Mmmm I'd love a job selling N.C. State ice cream! :)

  • gordonbabe Oct 9, 2007

    Can we please make sure these people speak ENGLISH! (as a first language)

  • Dr. Ben Dover Oct 9, 2007

    I've got two good eyes, a full set of teeth, and no tatoos. Can I still apply?

  • wolfmandan Oct 9, 2007

    I want a job at the turkey leg booth...yum!!!

  • .Milky Oct 9, 2007

    May I please man the mop at the Tilt-a-Hurl?

  • Timbo Oct 9, 2007

    Good point, put those UNC grads to work.

  • Fandemonium Oct 9, 2007

    With everbody always cracking jokes about UNC's worthless liberel arts degrees, maybe you should work the carney circit too!!! Everybody needs work and honest work is good as a carney is. Go Heels!!!!!!

  • kcfoxie Oct 9, 2007

    Are any of your volunteering at the fair? I am. It's a job that this American wants to do. (I'm not even being paid!)