COSTA MESA — On top of serving deep-fried treats, games, outdoor concerts and carnival rides, the Orange County Fair generates more than 3,000 summertime jobs, fair officials said.
The 2011 fair, which opens Friday at the Orange County Fairgrounds and runs Wednesdays through Sundays until Aug. 14, hires about 1,200 new temporary employees, said Steve Beazley, OC Fair & Event Center chief executive and president.
In addition, a multiplier effect of spending and activity produced by the fair's thousands of visitors and employees generates the equivalent of another 2,112 jobs, according to a report by the California Department of Food and Agriculture.
The labor income from those jobs is more than $75 million annually, according to the report.
"The fair is much like a military base in which it fosters merchants and spending all around it," Beazley said, adding that fair merchants and vendors travel with about 2,000 staff of their own who need places to recreate during their off-hours.