Applications for jobs at the Puyallup Fair have begun rolling in like orders for onion burgers and iced lemonade.
Fully 484 applications had arrived by 10:30 a.m. Monday, the first day of a new online-only application process. By 1:30, the total had grown to 715, according to Fair spokeswoman Karen LaFlamme.
Last year, as a line of jobseekers snaked through downtown Puyallup, representatives of the state Employment Security Department could only process 600 applications.
“People are looking for jobs,” LaFlamme said Monday afternoon.
All tolled, the Fair will hire some 3,000 workers in categories ranging from food service and sales to barn maintenance and rides-and-games helpers.
“People who applied will be hearing a response by e-mail confirming their applications,” LaFlamme said. “If the job they’re looking for is available, they will be notified about a date and time to come in for an interview.”
The state employment office will continue to process applications. To apply, visit go2worksource.com.