By: Brooke Rodgers

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DALLAS (CBSDFW) – Big Tex has retired his boots for the season, and that spells the end of steady employment for thousands of State Fair of Texas employees. So the State Fair and Goodwill Industries of Dallas, Inc. decided to do something about it in the form of a job fair held Friday at Fair Park.

For Dianna Lockhart, the end of the State Fair means more than stopping a corny dog diet. It’s also the end of a job.

“This is kind of bittersweet that it’s over, and I’m looking for work,” says the east Dallas resident.

She worked 30 days straight as a supervisor at Gate 3, but now her focus is on her children and grandchildren.

“Me being at home, I’m no help to them. Me being gone, I’m a big help because bills have got to be paid,” Lockart says.

So she went to the Big Tex Postseason Job Fair to browse the dozens of employers – companies like Kraft Foods, who are looking for 30 temp-to-hire positions a week.

“We’re here to kind of step in and help get those people back to work,” says recruiter Mechi Stevens.

The job fair, hosted by the State Fair and Goodwill Dallas, aims to connect the more than 6,000 seasonal State Fair employees with permanent employers.

“Dallas County Schools is hiring mainly drivers, and they have actually extended five job offers on the spot here, so it’s been really successful,” says Joanna Ready, spokesperson for Goodwill Dallas.

Dianna Lockhart, who would like a warehouse or hotel job, says the job fair gave her hope.

“I completed an application. Went online and completed two of them. So I’m thankful,” she says.

And when that hope translates into jobs, she says it will pay the bills and more this holiday season.

“I have 7 grandchildren, and I want all of them to have a wonderful Christmas this year.”

This is the first time the State Fair and Goodwill have held a post-fair job fair, but they hope to make it an annual tradition.

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