SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – The Pink Sheet, established in 1889, is the Saratogian’s special newspaper focused on the Saratoga Racecourse during the annual summer meet.
From Wednesday to Sunday each week, from mid-July to Labor Day, a group of eight local children, known as “Pink Sheet Hawkers”, sell the publication on the track with the help of David Meyers, who came out of retirement to help run the Pink Sheet.
Helping the eight children, who sell the newspapers, earn money by doing this as their first real job, Meyers says, helps them try to sell more newspapers every day. Also according to Meyers, each of the eight Pink Sheet Hawkers works extremely hard to outperform all other competitors.
The Hawkers are located on the streets around the Saratoga Racetrack all the way inside the track selling the newspaper.
One of the Pink Sheet Hawkers, Mae Nolan, followed in her older sister’s footsteps as her older sister was originally a Hawker before going to college. Nolan explained that while she can be shy and rather quiet, she uses what she calls a “track persona” to be more outgoing and vocal to help sell every last diary she can.
When asked if she enjoyed working as Hawker, Nolan replied, “It’s a good experience because it’s fun.”
Sometimes Hawkers receive tips that are not money. Nolan said she sold a man a Pink Sheet and as a thank you, he gave her 16 kiwis. As Nolan continued to talk about how she enjoys working as a Hawker, she said, “Every time I get a sale, it refreshes why I’m here.
“It makes me happy because it’s my first job.”
When asked what prompted Nolan to work as Hawker, she explained, “Well, my older sister is going to college at this point and she said, ‘Mae, you should do the pink sheet. It’s a job I did and it made for a great college essay. And although I’m only going to high school, I don’t have to worry about that right now. I wanted to make money. I wanted to be independent.
Nolan went on to explain his struggle with being a Hawker at first, “At first I was like, I don’t think I can do this because I’m not particularly an outgoing person to yell at people, but ( my sister) gave me great advice on getting a lead character, a different woman, a different girl than I am. She’s confident, she loves yelling at people and asking for their money and the things I can’t do, she can do.
“She’s not scared and it’s a little cheesy because it gives Disney Channel movie vibes, but it helps a lot. So when I’m not on time she’s not there, but when I arrive I tie her up and she’s ready.
Each of the Hawkers will continue to sell the pink sheet off the track for the rest of the competition, so be sure to grab a pink sheet from one of the Hawkers.