Variety of options for corporate events and employee outings

"Nothing Compares" to spending a day at the Iowa State Fair, August 10-20. Take advantage of volunteer or corporate opportunities available at the Fair. Plan now to treat your company or employees to a day at the Fair by purchasing advance admission, food tickets, Thrill Parks passes or other Fair products. Fair products are available while supplies last.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers help create the Best Days Ever at the Iowa State Fair. Check out the volunteer opportunities in 2023.

Fundraising Opportunity – Gate Admission

Civic and community groups can raise money for their organizations by welcoming Fairgoers, scanning admission tickets and providing hand stamps for guests. Each volunteer will receive admission, a parking pass and $10 in food coupons per day. For more information or to reserve your spot, please contact Colton Lullmann at 515.401.1607 or

The Garden sponsored by Corteva Agriscience - Volunteers

The Iowa State Fair is seeking volunteers for The Garden presented by Corteva Agriscience. Come answer questions and talk to Fairgoers about gardening in Iowa. The Garden will feature fruit trees, vegetable gardens, a history of corn display, soybeans and agricultural cover crops, and composting displays. Volunteer for a morning or afternoon and receive free Fair admission. Email or call 515.401.1544 for more information.

Andringa Family Foundation Little Hands on the Farm – Volunteers

Little Hands on the Farm teaches children about the importance of agriculture and how it impacts their daily lives in a fun and interactive way. Children ages 2 to 10 become farmers at this popular free, hands-on exhibit and volunteers are needed throughout the exhibit each day. For more information contact Emily Wynn at or call 515.262.3111.

Vet Camp - Volunteers

The Iowa State Fair is seeking volunteers for Vet Camp and Advanced Vet Camps. Volunteer opportunities are available for veterinarians, veterinarian technicians and student volunteers. Sign up at or email Emily Wynn at for more information.

Information Booth – Volunteers

Maybe you know the Fair like the back of your hand? Maybe you love meeting new people? The Fair is always interested in volunteers to help staff information booths and diaper-changing/nursing stations. For more information contact Paula Barnes, Volunteer Superintendent, by email at

Blue Ribbon Foundation- Volunteers

The Blue Ribbon Foundation is literally the foundation for the Fair, fundraising for all capital improvement projects and all grounds renovations. Sign up to help sell bottled water and Iowa State Fair merchandise at stands throughout the grounds. All Blue Ribbon Foundation funds go toward Fairgrounds renovations. To volunteer with the Blue Ribbon Foundation, visit

Corporate Opportunities

Experience the Best Days Ever August 10-20, 2023, with your employees. Purchase advance admission, food tickets, Thrill Parks passes or other Fair products now.

Advance Admission

Enjoy all the Fair has to offer at a $5 discount. The advance admission offer is the lowest admission price available and must be purchased before opening day, August 10.

  • Adult advance admission tickets: $11 (ages 12 and older; $16 at the gate)
  • Children's advance admission tickets: $7 (ages 6-11; $10 at the gate)
  • Children ages 5 and under are admitted free every day

Food Tickets

Food tickets can be purchased in sets of 5 for $5, and each food ticket is good for $1 toward food or beverage purchase on the Fairgrounds. Food tickets are available until sold out.

State Fair Value Pack

This value-packed deal includes specials on select rides and food. Save $15.50! Value Packs include the following: a reloadable Thrill Pass with 5 credits, 1 Ye Old Mill OR Snakes Alive OR Train Exhibit admission, 1 Bungee Jump OR Krazy Maze, 1 Giant Slide, 1 Sky Glider, 4 $1 food/beverage tickets and 1 cup of Barksdale's State Fair Cookies. A $35.50 value for only $20! *Fair admission must be purchased separately.

Thrill Park Passes

Save money on rides at the Fair by purchasing your discounted passes now:

  • Unlimited ($40)
    • Good for 1 day of unlimited rides Monday-Thursday until 10 p.m. in Thrill Town and Thrill Ville (does not include games, but credits can be added for games)
  • Advance ($30)
    • 40 credits - Good any day of the Fair on any ride or game in Thrill Town and Thrill Ville

Rides and Cookies

Save time in line with tickets to the Giant Slide and Ye Old Mill and vouchers for Barksdale's State Fair Cookie Coupons.

  • Giant Slide and Ye Old Mill tickets are available for $3 each.
  • Barksdale's State Fair cookies are $5 for a cup or $20 for a bucket.

To purchase group tickets, fill out the Corporate Order form at and return to:

Iowa State Fair

Attn: Ticket Office

PO Box 57130

Des Moines, IA 50317

Or email to:

Products are limited; buy early to ensure the Iowa State Fair Ticket Office can accommodate your needs and to allow mailing time if necessary. No refunds or exchanges. Questions? Call 515-262-3111 ext. 305.

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