Funnel Cakes, Ferris Wheels & $15,000: A Dream Job for State Fair Lovers

A family ride a roller coaster at the state fair.
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If fried food and Ferris wheels are your thing, we’ve got a dream job for you. It’s a sweet gig for families that like state fairs.

The hotel brand AmericInn by Wyndham is looking for a “State Fair Family.” They’ll pay this family $15,000 to attend three Midwestern state fairs in August while documenting their adventures on social media.

You have until July 25 to apply for the gig with either an essay or a short video. They’re looking for a social media-savvy family with active social media accounts — TikTok and Instagram preferred.

“AmericInn by Wyndham is searching for one energetic, travel hungry and social-savvy family to head out on an epic road trip to some of America’s most iconic state fairs and share their experiences via social media,” the hotel chain said.

What’s the Gig?

This is a job for state fair aficionados. It’s a job that involves funnel cakes, Tilt-a-Whirls, sunscreen and pony rides.

You have to be free to attend the Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin state fairs between Aug. 10 and Aug. 18.

The family that’s chosen will receive:

  • A $10,000 travel stipend
  • $5,000 cash
  • Seven paid nights at AmericInn hotels
  • Wyndham Rewards Diamond level membership
  • A suitcase full of AmericInn swag

While attending these fairs over the course of a week, you’ll document your adventures in real time with photos and videos.

For example, the family that won this gig last summer, who are known as thehouserwebbfamfour on Instagram, displayed lots of energy and enthusiasm in video clips like this one.

(This is the second summer that AmericInn by Wyndham is doing this.)

How to Apply

Parents or guardians must be 21 or older and U.S. citizens. Go to or email [email protected] by July 25 to submit an essay of at least 300 words or a video that’s 60 seconds or shorter, describing what makes your family the ideal candidate for the job.

Here’s an important tip: “Video submissions are highly encouraged to help assess applicants’ storytelling skills and social savviness before selecting the winning family,” a news release said.

Be sure to include where you live, a family photo and link to any public social media accounts.

AmericInn will choose the winning family on or about the week of Aug. 2.

If you’re chosen for this quest, get ready for lots of fried food and Ferris wheels.

Mike Brassfield ([email protected]) is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder. He wouldn’t turn down a funnel cake.