Iowa State Fair 2019 Volunteer and Seasonal Work Opportunities Announced

Volunteers and Fairtime staff make Nothing Compare to the Iowa State Fair. In 2019, there is something for everyone! Below are just some of the ways to join in, check out volunteer opportunities or employment at for more details.

Gate Admission- Group Fundraising

Civic and community groups can raise money for their organizations by welcoming Fairgoers, scanning admission tickets and providing hand stamps for guests. Each volunteer receives admission, a parking pass and $5 in food coupons per day. For more information or to reserve your spot, please contact Colton Lullmann at 515.401.1607 or

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.

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. This program celebrates 25 years this year and we couldn’t be prouder! For more information contact Paula Barnes, Volunteer Superintendent, by phone at 515.360.9589 or 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. For more information, visit website.

Tram Driver- Volunteers

Tram drivers are popular people on a hot day. We love smiling faces that help transport our very precious Fairgoers from the parking lots, from the campgrounds or from stop to stop on the grounds. Did we mention you get a free t-shirt? Thank you to the Pleasantville FFA Alumni for organizing the drivers; please contact for more information.

Fairtime Opportunities- Employment

The Iowa State Fair employs nearly 1,600 Fairtime staff members. Working at the Iowa State Fair is an opportunity to be part of welcoming over 1 million people from all over the world to Iowa’s greatest celebration. Benefits include free fair admission, valuable work experience, making great friends and so much more. To apply, stop at the Administration Building on the Fairgrounds or fill out a seasonal application at