Workers at the Minnesota State Fair

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT EMPLOYMENT

What is the process for getting a job to work at the State Fair?

  1. Submit online registration form.
  2. Go to the Employment Center to activate your registration. No appointment needed. Please wait until at least the next business day after registering online to allow us to download your registration.
  3. Meet in-person with Employment Center staff to be screened and discuss open positions.
  4. If a position matches your skills, education, experience and availability, you can be referred to a State Fair department or vendor for a possible interview.
  5. The Employment Center may contact you directly to arrange an interview.
  6. If the State Fair department or vendor offers you a position, you will discuss employment details with them.

If I previously worked for the State Fair or registered in the past, do I have to register online again?

If you registered (in person or online) or worked in 2007 through 2016, you do not need to re-register; however, you must go to the Employment Center to update your registration. Those who last registered or worked prior to 2007 will need to register online and go to the Employment Center.

When can I begin my online registration?

Online registration begins May 1, 2017.

What if I do not have access to a computer?

Stop by the Employment Center during office hours, and the staff can assist you with your registration.

How do I get to the Employment Center? Is it on the fairgrounds?

The Employment Center is not located on the fairgrounds. It is southwest of the grounds at 1129 Cathlin Street, St. Paul, MN 55108 - 1/2 mile west of Snelling Avenue off Como Avenue. See a map.

From the north: Take 35W south to Highway 36 east via Cleveland Avenue exit. From Highway 36, go south on Snelling Avenue. Exit on Como Avenue and go west (right) approximately 1/2 mile to Cathlin. Turn south (left) on Cathlin.

Or, take 35E south to Highway 36 west. Take Snelling Avenue exit and go south. Exit on Como Avenue and go west (right) approximately 1/2 mile to Cathlin. Turn south (left) on Cathlin.

From the south: Take 35W north to I-94 east. Exit on Snelling Avenue, then turn north (left). Exit on Como Avenue and head west (left) approximately 1/2 mile to Cathlin. Turn south (left) on Cathlin.

Or, take 35E north to I-94 west. Exit on Snelling Avenue, then turn north (right). Exit on Como Avenue and head west (left) approximately 1/2 mile to Cathlin. Turn south (left) on Cathlin.

From the east: Take I-94 west. Exit on Snelling Avenue, then turn north (right). Exit on Como Avenue and head west (left) approximately 1/2 mile to Cathlin. Turn south (left) on Cathlin.

From the west: Take I-94 east. Exit on Snelling Avenue, then turn north (left). Exit on Como Avenue and head west (left) approximately 1/2 mile to Cathlin. Turn south (left) on Cathlin.

Check with Metro Transit for bus information: https://www.metrotransit.org/

What happens when I go to the Employment Center? Can I do a phone interview instead?

If you have already submitted an online registration form, the Employment Center staff will meet in person with you to review and verify the information you submitted. Staff will discuss if your skills, education, job experience and availability are a match with any open positions with State Fair departments or vendors. They will let you know if you will be referred for a current opening. You must meet in person with a screener at the Employment Center regarding possible job referrals if you are interested in working at the State Fair. (If you have not already completed the online registration form, you can do so at the Employment Center.)

Do I need to bring any identification to the Employment Center when I come in?

Identification is not required, but it is helpful.

What is the appropriate dress code when I go to the Employment Center?

Be clean and well-groomed. If you know what type of position you would like to be referred for, dress appropriately for that job.

How long does screening take at the Employment Center?

Screening takes approximately 5 minutes, depending on the number of applicants that are at the Employment Center at the same time. If there is a wait, it is short. We take the necessary time with each applicant but keep the process moving.

Can my parent be with me during my screening?

Only the applicant meets with our staff member.

How is an applicant selected for a job referral?

Applicants are referred for interviews when they have the skills, experience, education and availability that match what the State Fair department or vendor requested for a position. We are unable to refer every applicant.

Are available jobs posted on the website or at the Employment Center?

Because the type and number of jobs available at any particular time changes frequently, we do not post open positions on the website. When you meet with Employment Center staff, they will tell you about open jobs they believe match the skills, education, experience and availability information you give them.

What types of jobs are available?

The types of jobs that are available change frequently as we continue to fill positions and get hiring requests. We have jobs with State Fair departments, food vendors, ride operators, game operators and exhibitors. You will get specifics when you meet with a staff member.

Who hires and pays me?

After you receive a job referral, the State Fair department or vendor who is looking for employees will interview and hire qualified candidates. You may be required to complete additional paperwork once you are offered a position. Your paycheck will be issued by the State Fair, if you are working for one of its departments; if you work for a vendor, they will pay you.

How old do you have to be to work at the fair?

Most fair-time positions require applicants who are at least 16 years of age or older. The Employment Center does not have any positions for 14-15 year olds.

Do I have to work all 12 days?

Most fair-time positions require that the applicant be available to work all 12 days (Aug. 24-Sept. 4).

Should I register online more than once to increase my chances of getting a job?

No, referrals are based on matching an applicant’s skills, experience, education and availability to the needs of the State Fair departments and vendors who are hiring.

If I want to work for a vendor, do I go through the Employment Center?

Some vendors hire employees through the Employment Center and others hire on their own. Job availability varies.

Does everyone who applies get a job?

We cannot offer a job to everyone who applies. We match an applicant’s skills, education, job experience and availability with the employment needs of State Fair departments and vendors.

What are my chances of getting a job if I come in the first day that the Employment Center is open?

Applicants are not referred on a first-come, first-served basis. Job referrals are based on matching an applicant’s skills, experience, education and availability to the needs of the State Fair departments and vendors who are hiring.

If I have met with a staff member at the Employment Center, but haven't been contacted about a job referral, should I contact you again?

There is no need to contact our office as a follow-up to your visit. We will call you if a job is available that matches your skills, education, job experience and availability. Contacting our office does not improve your chances of getting a referral for an interview.

I had an interview with a State Fair department or vendor a few days ago and have not heard if I have been hired. What should I do?

Please contact the Employment Center at (651) 288-4475.

I was offered a job and completed a background check form. When will I hear if I am cleared to work?

If it has been more than seven business days since you submitted your background paperwork, please contact the Employment Center at (651) 288-4475.

What identification do I need to work at the fair?

Employees must prove their identity and eligibility to work in the United States and complete Section 1 of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration I-9 Form. Please see the list of acceptable documents on the USCIS website at: http://www.uscis.gov.

How much do I get paid?

Each employer (a State Fair department or vendor) determines the rate of pay for their positions. This information will be given to you when you are interviewed. The minimum wage for the State of Minnesota is $9.50 per hour. Please refer to the Minnesota Department of Labor for details at: http://www.dli.mn.gov.

When do I get paid?

If you work for a State Fair department, your payroll check will be mailed no later than the Monday after the fair ends. If you work for a vendor, you must check with them. It is your responsibility as an employee to ask about your paycheck and to make sure the employer has your correct mailing address on file.

Do I have to pay admission to get into the fair?

Most employers give their employees admission tickets for the days that the employee works. If you are hired to work for a State Fair department, you will be given admission to the fair. If a vendor hires you, please check with them.

Where do I park?

The State Fair department or vendor that hires you will discuss parking with you.

Are there jobs available before or after fair?

Applicants are encouraged to contact vendors directly regarding positions before and after fair. Some State Fair departments hire summer staff; for information on these openings, email employment@mnstatefair.org.

How do I get a job working during the events throughout the year?

The jobs at various fairgrounds events are filled by State Fair employees who have worked during the fair. If you are interested in working at events, you might want to request a referral for a fair-time position with a State Fair department. Please keep in mind that we cannot guarantee that you will be hired to work events.

Who do I contact if I have questions before June 5 or after Aug. 25, when the Employment Center is not open?

You can contact our employment department at employment@mnstatefair.org. Between June 5 and Aug. 25, the Employment Center is open and can be reached at (651) 288-4475 or employment@mnstatefair.org.