While the opening of the Stanislaus County Fair is still three months away, hundreds filled the Turlock fairgrounds Thursday in hopes of securing at least a temporary job.
The Stanislaus County Fair changed its hiring process this year into more of a one-day, one-stop job event. Booths were open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday to take applications, handle on the spot interviews, answer questions, and provide general information about the different fair departments.
Stanislaus County Fair Communications Director Adrenna Alkhas said she was satisfied with the turnout, and believed that hosting an in-person job fair allowed a more rewarding one-on-one experience for both the department supervisors and the interviewee.
“We knew that there were going to be a lot of applicants, so we dedicated a day just for them,” said Alkhas. “We have a little over 500 positions, and each year we get over 1,000 applicants. It’s exciting to be here, and we are happy to give back to the community and offer job support, especially when there are not very many employment opportunities in Stanislaus County.”
Though the fair only runs for 10 days, offering seasonal part-time positions, Alkhas said that there is still a possibility for permanent opportunities.
“Sometimes a temporary position can become permanent,” said Alkhas. “If we notice someone who is working really hard, we will keep them in mind. This is an opportunity to showcase what you can do.”
Returning applicants John Allen and Celsa Holguin were spared waiting in the line with hundreds of others due to their previous experience.
Allen has worked for the last six years a member of the clean- up crew, and believes that the opportunity offers more positive incentives than any other summer job.
“Working here gives you a chance to get in free every day, and see the free concerts,” said Allen. “I enjoy the people that are working here, and I enjoy the good food too.”
Holguin works as a full-time housemaid, and has experience working in the fair's maintenance and livestock department. She also loves the fact that the fair has three different shifts, which allows her to keep her current full-time job.
Non-fair employers such as Mary Kay cosmetics, Costco, the National Guard, and other organizations were also present to offer fair vending positions as well.
“We are very flexible to full or part-time applicants,” said Mary Kay representative Darren Smith. “We have been at the fair for 15 years and are working diligently to get into the community and help secure jobs.”
For those unable to attend Thursday's hiring event, applications will be accepted at the fair office, 900 N. Broadway in Turlock.
“We are very excited to see so many people interested in working with us. This is a great feeling. I feel like this is the fair already,” said Alkhas.