Welcome to The Bake Lab Team at
The 2021 Great New York State Fair!

We are so excited to have you on The Bake Lab Team!
Below is the process now that you have been hired. Please contact the Bake Lab Owners,
Jennifer Walls at (520)241-2031 or Natalie Evans at (651)402-0372, or send an email to if you have any questions.

Step 1: Paperwork

You will need to fill out a few forms so that you can get a paycheck! Bring filled out physical copies of the following forms and original forms of identification (to be photo copied) to The Sweet Praxis (203 East Water Street, Syracuse, NY 13202) this Friday-Sunday from 8:00am-2:00pm or no later than training day at the Fairgrounds, Tuesday, August 17th, 2021**. 

1) Fill out an I-9 form (only Section 1. Employee Information and Attestation) - this is to prove you can legally work in this country:
Click here for the I-9 form.
Click here for instructions for filling out the I-9 form.

We also need to make photo copies of some forms of identification to go along with your I-9 form. Refer to Section 2 of the form. You can provide one document from list A OR a document from BOTH List B AND C.

2) Fill out a W-4 form- this is for Federal taxes:
Click here for the W-4 form.

3) Fill out a IT-2104 form (if you anticipate filing NY State taxes) or a IT-2104-E (if you are exempt from paying NY State taxes):

Click here for the IT-2104 form.

Click here for the IT-2104-E form.

5) If you are 14-17 years old before August 20th, you will need an employment certificate, also called working papers, in order to work for us. You will need to provide us your working papers to hold for the duration of The State Fair.

**If the August 17th deadline for getting all of these items to us has passed, please email the forms to and bring your identification and any working papers to your training session.


There is a mandatory training on Tuesday, August 17th, 2021 at 12:00pm.

At the training you will:

  • Meet the Managers and the other Bake Lab employees

  • Confirm your paperwork has been received and is complete

  • Get your Bake Lab hat, name tag, a physical copy of your work schedule and first Fair admission ticket for your first shift

  • Tour the Bake Lab booth and learn about the various jobs/roles


If you cannot make the training please contact Jennifer Walls at (520)241-2031, Natalie Evans at (651)402-0372 or


You are responsible for reading through the employee handbook in its entirety prior to training day. Click here for the handbook

Keep an eye out for an email from Sling (The Bake Lab schedule/communication smartphone App) inviting you to create a login name and password to view a digital copy of your schedule. If you have a smartphone, please download the Sling App to view your schedule, receive updates, swap shifts, communicate with your Manager and more. If you don’t have a smartphone, you can view your schedule via a web browser on a computer.

Program Natalie and Jennifer’s cell phone numbers into your phone. Calling or texting these numbers or messaging us on Sling will be the only way to reach us at The Bake Lab once we’re up and running.

Plan out your shuttling and rides. (Shuttle information will be provided to you at your training day)


When can I expect to see my schedule? You will get an email by Friday, August 13th with a copy of your schedule along with some information about how to download and use the Sling scheduling App on your smartphone. You will also receive a paper copy of your schedule in the packet of information we hand you at the training day.

Can I expect to work all eighteen days of the Fair? We do not recommend working all eighteen days of the Fair. The job is fun but it can be hard in the heat and standing all day. As you gain experience, more days may be added if you wish. Based on the availability you provided us, it may be possible that you are scheduled up to 40 hours per work week (Monday-Sunday).

Do I have to pay to get in to the Fair?
 You will get your first Fair admission ticket with your paper schedule at the training day. When you come for your first day of work we will give you additional tickets for your shifts. Please put them in a safe spot. We will not be able to replace lost or stolen tickets.

How do I get my Bake Lab hat? Your hat and name tag will be handed out at the training session. This is a required meeting. If you cannot make it, please contact Jennifer Walls or Natalie Evans to make other arrangements.

What do I do if my schedule is incorrect or needs to be changed? As soon as possible, contact Jennifer to fix any error. You also have the option to use the Sling smartphone App to ask other employees if they can take the shift.

Who do I call if I am sick, running late or unable to make my shift? You must call or text Natalie or Jennifer as soon as you know you won’t be able to make it or if you are running late. We strongly recommend that you program their cell numbers into your phone so you can easily call/text. Unless you are ill, we require 24 hours notice that you are not able to make it in so that we can get a replacement for you. You cannot work if you have COVID-19 symptoms, are throwing up, have diarrhea, Jaundice, infected wounds, Salmonella, E. coli or Hepatitis A

Do you have lockers for my stuff? We have a limited number of lockers to use. If you decide to bring a lock for the locker, you must take it with you at the end of your shift each day.

How do breaks work? Managers will determine who goes on break at what time. They will let you know when it is time and the amount of time you will be on break. Please do not leave your station unless directed to do so by a Manager. By law, if you are scheduled to work more than six hours in a shift, you will receive one 30 minute meal break.

How do I find parking? While there are parking lots at the Fair, we HIGHLY recommend utilizing the park-and-ride shuttle option located at the Downtown Centro bus hub or the Destiny USA mall parking lot. The shuttle is low cost to use, runs on a continuous cycle and will drop you off at the Fair’s Main Gate (G1), which is located not far from the Bake Lab booth in the Dairy Products Building. Plan ahead on nice weather days and has been known to take several hours to get to our booth on the busiest weekend days of the Fair in the past! We need you to be on time so we can give breaks to people.

How do I get paid? Paychecks which include your earnings for hours worked and pooled tips are direct deposited each Friday, beginning on Friday, August 27th and ending Friday, September 10th. If you do not set up direct deposit with us via the emailed Square (software) invitation in advance of the Fair beginning, your paychecks will be physically handed to you at your Fair shifts and your final check will be mailed after the Fair ends.