The county’s looking for 20 seventh through tenth graders to be part of its 10th annual Teen Host Program during the fair, which runs July 30-Aug. 2.
Teens would help with a variety of tasks, such as greeting people, helping kids with the Farmer For the Day event, and counting tickets.
The program gives teens an opportunity to learn more about fair operations and build leadership skills. They would work at least three 4-hour shifts and would not work after 6:00 pm.
“It’s a great opportunity for kids who don’t have any job experience,” said Nancy Swain, the Business Assistant for the Benton County Fairgrounds. “For young kids it can be hard to find a job, especially in a college town where there is a lot of competition for any kind of work. This helps them with job skills – organizational skills and communication skills.”
Swain says any seventh through tenth grader is invited to apply for the program as long as he or she has a positive attitude.
“I’m looking for kids who want to come out and be part of the fair,” she said. “I’ve had kids who will send me their application along with four pages of recommendations – I don’t need that. I don’t need a straight-A student. That’s not necessary to me. I just need a good attitude and someone who wants to come to the fairgrounds and have fun.”
Applications are due by June 6.