Job seekers head to the Mississippi State Fair

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – The Mississippi State Fair kicks off Wednesday, October 5, 2016 and while the typical setup is underway, behind the scenes some are hoping for an economic boost.

People are hoping to find a job during the fair and one person is doing some of the hiring

Dozens of people stood in line Tuesday morning hoping to land a job at the fairgrounds.

“I’ve been out since like six in the morning. But I knew it was going to be worth it. It just takes a little patience,” said Cordarious Washington, a fair job seeker.

“This morning about 8:00 a.m., we had a line. We had a huge line, probably about 80 feet,” said Patrick Hadley, a Manager with North American MIdway Entertainment.

“Anything that was open that I could grab, for the next two weeks, that’s what I was here for,” said Danielle Bell, a fair job seeker.

Many young adults looking for jobs at the fair are college students who say the money could help them out a lot.

“Pay off some of the tuition, college fees, stuff like that,” said Washington.

“I was looking for a job in general once I get out of class. I go to Jackson State. So it was just something fun to do to keep me busy,” said Cynthia Jones, a fair job seeker.

The company North American Midway brings the rides and most vendor booths to the fair.

Though they have their own team to operate the rides, job seekers have the opportunity to help at the food booths.

“We have a lot of equipment that we put up, a lot of food that we put up. We appreciate it to because we need the help. So it kind of works for both sides,” said Hadley.

Minimum wage in the state of Mississippi is $7.25. The pay to work at this year’s fair is $10.99.

It’s temporary work, and even though job seekers appreciate the chance to work, they’re still looking for something long term.

“It’s a positive aspect to the city if we had more opportunities like this instead of it just being a two week experience. If people had opportunities like this, they could make their own money and buy the things that they want.”

Fair gates open at 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 5. 2016.

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