Christine Lee, Grand Prairie Reporter
Hundreds headed out to Lone Star Park to try to get a new job at the racetrack.
Lone Star Park is hiring for hundreds of jobs for its spring racing season.
The racetrack is trying to fill more than 600 positions.
"We are looking for seasonal positions in all of our departments -- admissions, mutuals, food and beverage, building maintenance, track maintenance [and] parking," said G.W. Hail, Lone Star Park's vice president and assistant general manager.
Hail said most positions pay minimum wage, which is $7.25.
While they are seasonal jobs, there is some potential for longer employment.
"Sometimes they do work into full-time jobs, and we also do have a fall quarter horse meet in September that runs through November," Hall said.
Job seekers lined up outside the park Tuesday morning for the first of two job fairs this week.
Rita Berry, who has been unemployed for a year and a half, said she has been sending out countless resumes with no response. She said she hoped to get something, even if it's a seasonal gig at Lone Star Park.
The applicants varied in age and experience.
Michael Thompson, 19, said he worked at Lone Star Park as an usher in 2009 and is back to try to save to go to college in the fall.
"It's real good money," he said. "For real, you get paid like every week, every Friday, and it's good, because I'm trying to have money for school," he said.
Irving resident Geri Ray, who lost her job a couple of weeks ago, said she is excited for a new opportunity.
"I'm going to be there whenever they tell me, full-time or part-time," she said. "I'm just willing to work, make an honest dollar [and] take care of my family."
Another job fair is scheduled for Thursday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Lone Star Park's spring racing season begins April 12.