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Throng crowds Career Day at fairgrounds

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About 2,000 students from all over state attended

By Lisa King

A sea of white could be seen Wednesday and Thursday at the fairgrounds as thousands wearing construction helmets scurried about doing everything from building a stone wall to working on electrical displays.

But the work wasn’t for real, and the construction workers were a little shorter than usual.

More than 2,000 high school students from all over Kentucky were attending the sixth annual Construction Career Days 2010, put on by the Kentucky Construction Career Choice Council (K4C).

The career fair included 60 exhibits that encompassed every kind of business from masonry and homebuilding to electrical and heavy equipment, using services from companies all over Kentucky and surrounding states.

Some companies in Shelby County also participated, including Edwards Moving and Rigging, which had a booth set up next to Floral Hall.

“We have had a lot of students express interest in the kinds of things we do at Edwards,” said Beth Regrut, director of marketing for the company. “I am really surprised at the volume of people that are here.”

Lora Werner, spokesperson for the event, said this year a record number of students attended.

“We have more than doubled our attendance from our first year when we had eleven hundred students,” she said.

Mack Crawford, president of the Kentucky Home Builders Association, said he hopes that next year even more businesses will  attend and take advantage of the free exhibition space.

“Our goal to promote the construction industry, recruit individuals to refine their career potential in construction, and provide financial assistance to encourage and sustain workforce development,” he said. “We are able to hold this career fair through a partnership of five associations involved,”

For more information about the Kentucky Construction Career Choice Council, or to reserve a space for an exhibit for next year, Werner at (800) 489-4225.