Thank you to the 1800+ volunteers who made the 2017 Iowa State Fair the best one yet! Check back soon for details on how you can take part in every moment of the 2018 Iowa State Fair. 

Community group Fundraising opportunities

admission gate

The Iowa State Fair is looking for civic and community groups to help with gate admissions at the 2017 Iowa State Fair, August 10-20 as a fundraiser. Volunteers can raise up to $2,000 for their organization. Duties include welcoming Fairgoers, scanning admission tickets and providing hand stamps for Iowa State Fair guests. Each volunteer will receive admission, a parking pass and $5 in food coupons per day. 

For more information or to reserve your spot, please contact Shelbie Hill at 515.401.1518 or

Volunteer opportunities 

Little Hands on the Farm Volunteers

The Iowa State Fair is looking for volunteers to assist in the ever popular Little Hands on the Farm for the upcoming Fair. Little Hands teaches children the importance of agriculture and how it impacts their daily lives in a fun and interactive way. Children ages 2 to 10 can become farmers at this popular free, hands-on exhibit.

If interested in being a volunteer please contact Emily Wynn at or call 515.401.1544 for more information. 

State Fair Sew-In Volunteers

The Fair is searching for sewing associates to help Fairgoers make the simple strip quilts. Associates are asked to commit to one shift from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. or 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. A site supervisor will be on-hand to supply materials and help with machines. All sewing associates will receive one parking pass and an admission ticket to the Fair.

If you are interested in donating, volunteering or receiving more information about the Sew-In, contact Sharon Meisenheimer by phone at 515.986.1145 or by email at

Information Volunteers

The Fair is always interested in volunteers to staff information booths and diaper-changing/nursing stations. For more information contact Paula Barnes, Volunteer Superintendent, by phone at 515.360.9589 or by email at
2017 Information Volunteer Application 

Blue Ribbon Foundation Volunteers

These volunteers sell bottled water and Iowa State Fair merchandise at stands throughout the grounds. All proceeds of the Blue Ribbon Foundation go toward Fairgrounds renovations. For more information, visit the Blue Ribbon Foundation website.

Iowa State Fair Parade Volunteers

Be part of the crew that helps put on the state's largest parade and kick-off for the Iowa State Fair! Volunteers are needed to help facilitate many areas, including staging, barricades and dispersion. For information on volunteering, contact Tonya Cook at

IOWA STATE FAIR tram volunteers

Iowa State Fair Trams are organized by the Pleasantville FFA Alumni. They handle both the inner grounds trams and the new Blue Line Parking Shuttle. All volunteers who drive a Fairground Tram receive a t-shirt, meal ticket, free parking and admission ticket. All volunteers who drive a Parking Lot Tram receive a t-shirt, free parking and admission ticket. Training is mandatory. Visit the Tram Shift Sign-Up for more information and to sign-up.