Illinois Department of Agriculture looking to hire 600 seasonal employees for state fairs

Illinois is hiring seasonal employees with a starting wage of $11 per hour to work the Illinois and Du Quoin state fairs.

Krista Lisser, public information officer for the Illinois Department of Agriculture, said the state is looking to hire a total of 600 seasonal employees to work the two state fairs, one in Springfield and the other in Du Quoin.

Employment opportunities include maintenance, customer service-oriented positions like cashiers and clerks, security, parking staff and tram drivers, Lisser said.

An application is available to download at and can be submitted to the IDOA by attaching it to an email and sending it to

Applications can also be submitted in-person at 801 E. Sangamon Ave., Springfield, inside gate 11 of the Illinois State Fairgrounds or, for Du Quoin, at the administration office of its state fairgrounds at 655 Executive Drive, Du Quoin.

The Illinois State Fair begins Aug. 12 and will run through Aug. 22. The Du Quoin State Fair will begin Aug. 27 and run through Labor Day weekend.

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July 14, 2021 at 02:17PM

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