Concession work means more than money for grad

Jim Culp says the Canfield Fair is his favorite.
AUSTINTOWN -- Jim Culp was just a high school kid looking forward to college when he started working for Hoover's Concessions, traveling from fair to fair and working french fry, fudge and lemonade stands.
"This is my fifth year doing it," the Austintown resident said. "The only time I didn't work Canfield Fair was before my freshman year of college. I had to leave early to go to school."
Culp, 22, graduated from Wittenberg University in May, and his work at the fairs, including Canfield, helped to pay for a degree in computer science.
"I used probably everything I made there and put it right to college," he said. "The last two summers, I probably made about $2,000."
Long days: But it took a lot of work to make that money. Culp worked from open to close nearly every day of every fair.
"I worked probably about 11 a.m. to midnight," he said. "Maybe even earlier. And then we stay around and clean up. It's a pretty long day."
Culp is back again working for Hoover's Concessions of Canfield as he waits to hear about job possibilities, and he said he came because he loves the job.
"I've always enjoyed it. I always like the fact I get to travel around and go to different places. You get to meet different people. Plus the bosses have always been really good. They treat us really well."
Setup: Though he used to only work at the stands, Culp has been setting up the stands for the fair this year.
"At some fairs we have more stands, so it takes a few days," he said. "Probably the most we have at a fair is 10 at Summit County or maybe even more at Canfield."
Culp's fair stretch included the Summit County Fair, the Medina County Fair and the Richland County Fair. But Culp's favorite fair is Canfield's.
"It's so close to home, and it's such a big fair," he said. "But ... I like them all."

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