Attendance is up so far at the 2005 Tulsa State Fair. That's not just good news for the fair but for the businesses and organizations that use the crowds along the midway and inside Expo Square as prime hunting ground for new recruits.
David McIntire: "Would you like to fill out an application?"
David McIntire: "Hey, this is going to be our newest driver here."
David McIntire: "We're looking for you."
David McIntire is a retired trucker, but he hasn't retired from recruiting for the job he loves. McIntire's been driving since 1959. His company is John Christner Trucking and has 50 open spots. He hopes to fill 20 by the end of the fair.
David McIntire: "They received it pretty good. I think we'll get some employees out of this."
Hudspeth: "Are you interested in applying?"
Linda Hudspeth has only been working as a Drivers License Examiner for the past year-and-a-half. She says for folks who sign up at the fair, the odds of getting a job are in their favor.
Hudspeth: "Which right now, is really good cause the state does need more drivers license examiners."
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is also out here at the fair, trying to reel in recruits. In fact, the two OHP troopers here on duty are here open to close 11 days in a row throughout the fair. That's because the highway patrol is so short staffed, they can't spare anyone else.
National Guardsman Eric Sofian says his job gets easier when potential recruits approach him at the fair. Of course, the obstacle course doesn't hurt.
Spec Eric Sofian: "We just want to get out and talk to as many people as we can."
Back inside, David McIntire is trying to start recruiting even younger. And every completed application is a victory, even if it's one driver at a time.
Man: "Well, I'll get in touch with you."