West Des Moines United Methodist Church
 Sign Up Contest Minimize

People who sign-up early to work at the church food stand will have an opportunity to win $10 Starbucks or Hy-Vee gift certificates.  Ten people who sign-up during the month of June will be selected by a drawing to receive a gift certificate of their choice.

 The State Fair Stand

The Iowa State Fair is the undisputed greatest state fair anywhere, and of course it's known for great food. There's one location where that food comes along with an even greater sense of purpose – changing lives in the Name of Jesus Christ.  At the West Des Moines United Methodist food stand, proceeds from this fundraiser are given each year to a variety of wonderful causes.

Ours is the last remaining permanent food stand operated by a church or christian organization. In years past the main drag was lined with various church food stands, but the overhead costs and staffing have forced all the others to close.  Each year, over 150 members serve in the food stand to keep the ministry alive. Serving fairgoers since 1949, our food stand is a thriving example of what careful planning, teamwork and awesome cooks can accomplish.

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 Going Strong Since 1949

Were you at the Iowa State Fair in 1949? If so, you may have seen the very first version of our food stand (shown above) which had hinged panels, canvass sides and awnings. While it was a far simpler operation back then, it was an ambitious undertaking. Notice it was located at the very same location our permanent structure sits today.

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 2017 State Fair Stand Sign Up Sheet Minimize

How to sign up to work at the State Fair booth.

Step 1

Click the Red Button to see what shifts are available.
There are three shifts available:
 "AM" - 5:45 AM to 2:00 PM
"PM" - 1:45 PM to 10:00 PM
"Special Night Clean Up" - 8:30 PM to 10:00 PM

Step 2

Click on the Green "Sign Up Today" button to sign up.
Only 2 youth (age 14-15) per shift.  Attn: Department of Labor Work Permits are required in advance for 14-15 year olds.  http://www.iowadivisionoflabor.gov/iowa-child-labor-permit-instructions    Click on #2 Print the Iowa Child Labor Permit.   Completed permit must be turned in to Larry Sample one week before the work date.  Call Larry at 225-6485 with questions.

Entry tickets will be provided by the Day Manager.

If you need to cancel please click on the blue CANCEL button.

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