Volunteer at the Iowa State Fair

Our many behind-the-scenes volunteers and their helpful smiles are what keep the Foundation running smoothly at the Iowa State Fair. Each year, more than 500 Blue Ribbon Foundation volunteers donate their time and energy by helping sell merchandise and bottled water at the Foundation's many stands. By utilizing volunteer workers, merchandise and water sales become more profitable, which allows the Foundation to put more profits toward Fairgrounds renovation projects rather than expenses.

All volunteers work in 4-hour shifts with a staff member present. Responsibilities include selling merchandise and answering general questions about the Foundation's many fundraising programs. Volunteers receive a complimentary admission ticket and parking pass for each day they work, as well as a Blue Ribbon Foundation volunteer T-shirt. Volunteers must be 16 years of age to volunteer individually or 12 years of age to volunteer with a parent or other adult. We ask that volunteers working merchandise sign up for at least two shifts.


Thank you to nearly 600 volunteers who spent 5,050 hours ensuring that the 2022 Iowa State Fair was a success. Your valuable time spent raising funds to support the mission of the Blue Ribbon Foundation was very appreciated.

Watch this page early next summer for details on volunteering at the 2023 Iowa State Fair – August 10-20.