Welcome to our employees at

The Great New York State Fair!

We are excited to have you join 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) no later than Tuesday, August 13th, 2019. 

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 a video to help fill out the 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.

Click here for a video to help fill out the 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.

If the August 13th deadline has past, please email the forms to


There is a mandatory training on Sunday, August 18th, 2019. 
If your last name starts with A through M your training session starts at 12:00pm
If your last name starts with N through Z your training session is at 2:00pm

At the training you will:

  • Meet the owners and other new employees

  • Confirm your paperwork has been received and is complete

  • Get your Bake Lab hat, 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 or Natalie Evans at (651)402-0372 or


Take some time to look through the employee handbook. Click here for the handbook

Keep an eye out from Sling 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 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 will be the only way to reach us at The Bake Lab once we’re up and running.

Plan out your shuttling and rides.


When can I expect to see my schedule? You will get an email by Tuesday, 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 thirteen days? We do not recommend working all twelve days your first year of work with us. The job is fun but it can be hard in the heat and standing all day. As you gain experience, more days can be added if you wish. 

Do I have to pay to get in every day of the fair?
 You will get your first ticket with your paper schedule at the training day. When you come for your first day of work we will give you the remaining 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 nametag 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 and 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 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.

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 Destiny USA mall parking lot.  The shuttle is free 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 days and weekends. We need you to be on time so we can give breaks to people. 

I have a friend who also signed up to work, can we work together? Please make sure to indicate this to us in an email no later than Saturday, August 10th. It is harder to make changes after the schedule goes out to everyone. We will do our best to keep you scheduled together but we cannot guarantee it!

Is the party mandatory? No, but we think you should come. It's a lot of fun and there is good food and prizes. The party is also where you can pick up your paycheck.  If you can't make it to the party, we will send your check in the mail afterwards.