I have jumped right in during my first week at the Foundation and I could not be more excited. One way that hundreds of people get to experience the Fair each year is through volunteering. Each year the Foundation has around 1,400 volunteer positions to fill throughout the 11-day extravaganza that is the Iowa State Fair. The majority of these positions consist of selling bottled water at various locations across the Fairgrounds, as well as running our multiple souvenir stores.
In the past we have mailed out forms and created a master schedule for everyone. The days of mailing out forms are behind us, as we now have an online sign up system. With our new process each available shift is listed and sorted out by day, job, location, and time.
Volunteers are the glue that hold many of the Blue Ribbon Foundation’s programs together. The Iowa State Fair would not be able to happen without them. Our participants range from people who have been helping for 15+ years to people who are joining us for their first time. Each person receives a free 2021 Iowa State Fair volunteer t-shirt, admission into the fair for the day, as well as a single day parking pass. Volunteers must be 16 years of age to volunteer by themselves or at least 12 years old with an accompanying adult. The sign up also includes a waiver of liability and permission for the Fair to conduct a background check. More information can be found on our website.
This incredible 11-day marathon could not be made possible without these dedicated and outstanding individuals. Are you interested in experiencing the Fair through the eyes of a volunteer? Sign up will be available starting June 2nd, 2021 at http://www.blueribbonfoundation.org/events/iowa-state-fair/volunteer. We hope to see you on our beautiful Fairgrounds, and don’t forget, next time you walk by a water booth souvenir store be sure to say hi!