FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. (WCCO) — It’s considered one of the dirtiest jobs at the State Fair, also one of the hottest. But it also boasts one of the highest retention rates.

Clearly there’s just something about working at the roasted corn stand that gets people coming back for more.

Crews get on the State Fairgrounds at 11:30 p.m. every day during the fair to unload corn. There are four dozen ears per bag and 400 bags per truckload.

The corn comes from Monticello.

Crews pick it up in the morning, put it in the freezer and then ship it down when the fair gates open for vendors late at night.

Though the job is considered incredibly dirty and hot — temperatures inside the booth have been measured at 135 degrees — about 100 metro teens apply each year and many are turned away.

They have a 70 percent job retention rate of returning workers. Most stop working for the stand when they’re done with college.


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