The inaugural Job and Volunteer Fair, organized by the Payson Roundup, attracted more than a 100 job seekers May 2.

Hosted at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino, the fair drew representatives from 37 businesses and non-profits.

Companies accepted applications and conducted on-site interviews. Walmart had 24 applications turned in; the casino conducted 67 interviews; Home Depot had a handful of interviews and the Marines and Army representatives said they each got several potential candidates, according to Gary Tackett, the Roundup’s general manager. The Humane Society of Central Arizona and the Book Festival each reported that they signed up volunteers.

Payson High School bused students over for part of the afternoon. Tackett said they came prepared, dressed professionally and most with resumés in hand.

Some $1,200 worth of items were raffled off, including free lunch to Arby’s and Culver’s.

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