Hundreds apply for temporary jobs at Kentucky State Fair

By Jon Chrisos - bio | email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Hundreds of jobs are up for grabs at this year's Kentucky State Fair. The Fair Board is now hiring and there's no shortage of applicants. Before the sun even came up, hundreds of job seekers were lined up. The main attraction Monday was landing one of the 450 jobs up for grabs.

These jobs are temporary: employment only lasts for 12 days. Pay starts at $7.25 an hour. While it may not sound that enticing to some people, those without a job are finding the possibility of just working at all pretty attractive.

Vicki Petty and her boyfriend were in line outside the Kentucky Exposition Center at 11:30 Sunday night. They've been looking for jobs for more than two years and blame the bad economy in Jefferson County.

About 500 applicants were in line before the doors even opened at 7 a.m. Monday, and they were literally fighting to keep their place in line.

"Oh man, I need the job," Ricco Bailey said. "You know it's a recession."

The Office of Employment and Training reports statewide the unemployment rate is right around 10 percent. It's even higher in Jefferson County at 10.4% in June 2010. That's down slightly from June 2009 when it was 10.6%. While that's down, Fair Board officials say they've never seen a line like this before.

"I think this year we're seeing a lot more people," said Vicki Glass, Vice President of PR and Media. "Last year, they got about a thousand. I think we're pushing 500 already."

The hiring started Monday and continues through the last day of the fair. While the jobs are temporary, Fair Board officials say they will be keeping an eye on their hires to see who might be good employees at the KFC Yum! Center.

As of Monday afternoon, about 800 people had been interviewed. For more information on how to apply, visit:

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