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Roy Matthynssens, 18, Wenatchee, at right, looks over information for a job opening at the Chelan County Pest Board Thursday at the The Chelan-Douglas Job and Resource Fair at Pybus Public Market.

WENATCHEE — Multi-skilled job seeker Nathan Goforth chatted with just the right employer at Thursday’s Chelan-Douglas Job and Resource Fair. Live Nation, operator of The Gorge Amphitheater, has all kinds of positions requiring all kinds of skills for its upcoming summer events schedule.

I know how to cook, and I know how to drive a forklift, but right now I’m ready to learn, ready to work, ready to try anything,” said Goforth, an East Wenatchee resident. Smiling, he walked away with application forms and encouragement from the Live Nation staff.

Live Nation was one of 22 employers and eight resource groups that met Thursday with upwards of 200 job hopefuls during the midday job and resource fair at Pybus Public Market. A half-hour specifically for military veterans launched the fair — now in its third year — followed by three hours for the general public.

We think job seekers will find a broader range of employers today than we’ve seen in the past,” said Dee Anne De Angelo, a coordinator of the job fair and director of Washington Female Veterans of Wenatchee.

We’ve got school districts, we’ve got aerospace, we’ve got concerts and entertainment,” she said. “Plus, recruiters are here for our military branches.”

De Angelo said job fair sponsors focused this year on attracting employers — and potential employees — “who are committed to the training and skills that can lead to a career.” Employers included Confluence Health, Columbia Valley Community Health, Weinstein Beverage, Pacific Aerospace & Electronics, FedEx, Lowe’s Home Improvement and others.

Fair sponsors included WorkSource Wenatchee, Washington Female Veterans of Wenatchee and the Pybus Market Charitable Foundation. 

Live Nation representative Kelly Hobbs said summer events operations at The Gorge include four different divisions that each require a large workforce. Live Nation runs concert promotions and ticketing, Legends runs food services, Crowd Management Services (CMS) runs security and parking and Rhino coordinates stage management for concerts.

We’re here today because we’re looking for good people,” said Hobbs, about an hour into the job fair. “So far, we haven’t been disappointed.”

Reach Mike Irwin at 509-665-1179 or . Read his blog Everyday Business. follow him on Twitter at @MikeIrwinWW.