State Fair jobs lure hundreds of Hoosiers

People line up for the Indiana State Fair in 2014. (WISH Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A chance for a shot at one of 500 temporary jobs during this year’s Indiana State Fair had people lining up early Thursday morning.

Being among the first in line didn’t actually make a difference in getting a job, though.

“We know that people like to come early and that certainly shows enthusiasm. There just isn’t any advantage to doing that,” Andy Klotz, a spokesman for the Indiana State Fair, said.

More than 1,000 applicants were expected on Thursday and only about 500 jobs were available.

“For the money. I need the money and it’s good money for two weeks,” Regina Johnson said.

Johnson worked the fair from 2006 to 2011. She was in maintenance and cleaned the fairgrounds.

“They pay $7.25, but sometimes you can work 10 hours, 12 hours a day. You know, so it’s good,” Johnson said.

“If you came everyday and worked everyday, you got a paycheck at the end of the fair,” Robin Lacy said.

Lacy said she was first in line last year. She got a job working security. Lacy was among the first 20 in line this year.

“I have a grandson I take care of and the money went towards him. You know, school clothes, you know how expensive that is. You know just everything. Bills, rent, it took care of everything,” she said.

The jobs require hard work and stamina and include groundskeepers, ticket takers and security.

“I might not have been here as early as I was last yea, but I’m here. And I can’t wait to fill out that application,” Lacy said.

The first interviews began at 3 p.m. and the doors closed at 6 p.m., but anyone who arrived during those hours was given an interview. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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