(Courtesy SkyView Atlanta)
ATLANTA -- Employment at Atlanta's new, 20-story-high ferris wheel drew almost 1,000 job seekers to the Omni Hotel: Downtown on Wednesday evening.
The attraction, Skyview, will open to the public in the parking lot adjacent to The Tabernacle opposite Centennial Park on July 2. Skyview is expected to draw more than half million visitors in its first year.
On the agenda Wednesday was a job fair to find the right candidates to the ferris wheel's 50 open positions. Today, owners of the ferris wheel held a job fair to find the right candidates. Skyview interviewers call the turnout "overwhelming.
The jobs being offered ranged from ticket sales, cashiers, and loaders, to maintenance personnel and ferris wheel operators.
"I've been out of work for two years and its very important. I have two kids that I need to take care and I have done cashier work and I will stay here for as long as it takes to get a job," said Andrina Clark, a job candidate.
And she was not alone.
"I've always worked at big places, like the airport, hospitals. I've worked in a lot of places in my years. I'm good and I'm juist waiting to get my job," said Twonna Dash, another job candidate.
With the World of Coke and the Georgia Aquarium already attracting a huge crowd, Skyview is expected to add one more reason to visit downtown.
"We are going to be able to give them something a little bit thrilling, a little bitg different and a view of Centennial Olympic Park that people have never seen before." said Jason Evans of the Skyview staff.
Taking the Skyview ride will cost adults $13.50 and children $8.50.
But the Skyview owners say they;ll have lots of discount programs in place.
Skyview says it will have the jobs filled within two weeks and they anticipate more jobs to surface when the ferris wheel actually opens.