Whether you've always dreamed of working at the Great New York State Fair or you're looking for a summer job that will only last a few weeks, this might be everything you've wished for.

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I vividly remember being in the third grade when a Sunday school teacher from my church asked my parents if she could treat me to a day of exploring at the New York State Fair. I had no idea what to expect as I'd never been, but all these years later, I'll never forget how every one of my senses exploded in what I can only describe as a rainbow of colors.

If you have a memory similar to mine and love the electricity that swirls around the New York State Fair, maybe applying for a summer job there is just what you need.

The Great New York State Fair is back after being shut down in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. This year, the New York State Fair opens at full capacity and will run from Friday, August 20 through Monday, September 6.

Interested in working at the New York State Fair? Temporary employees are needed for a variety of positions and the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets is currently accepting applications from those interested in employment at the Fair.

While the days and times of employment will vary from job to job, anyone wanting to apply should know that they will need to be available to work all 18 days that the fair will be in operation. At this time, there are openings in the following area:

Trades Generalist - a Trades Generalist is paid $21 an hour and needs to be skilled or semiskilled in one of a variety of trades and must have "four years of full-time experience in a trade under a skilled journey level worker which would provide training equivalent to that given in an apprenticeship program."

State Fair Worker - a State Fair Worker is paid $12.50 to $16.50 an hour and performs jobs such as grounds work, cleaning, event crew, and more. There are no education requirements for this job.

If you'd like to apply for a temporary summer position at the New York State Fair, fill out this form.

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