Join us and volunteer to help at our 71st season at the Iowa State Fair

We will start sign-ups in May 2019

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 religious 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 200 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.

Please read before you sign up:

No open-toed shoes allowed.

Morning Shift – 5:45 am to 2:00 pm
Morning Duties – Wipe down counters, set up, start coffee, slice biscuits, cut pies, take orders, collect cash, serve, clean up serving areas.

Evening Shift– 1:45 pm to 10:00 pm
Evening Duties – Most of the above, plus begin night clean up and shut down.

Clean-Up Shift– 8:30 – 10:00 pm
Clean-Up Duties- A special 2 person team to supplement the afternoon-evening shift and perform those end of day clean-up and shut down duties.  Duties include cleaning and shutting down equipment; cleaning cooking, prep, and serving areas; and sweeping floors.

Gate entry tickets will be provided for all volunteers.

Youth Volunteers:

Strict Iowa Division of Labor laws must be observed.

Absolutely no youth under age of 12 are permitted to be in the work areas.

Age 12-13 – Allowed to work only if accompanied by their parent.

Age 14-15 – Must have an Iowa Child Labor Permit on file with the State.  WDM UMC Fair Stand personnel must have a copy of proof of birth on file and submit the application to State 3 days prior to the date of work.

The completed form and proof of age must be submitted to Larry Sample, 533 34th Place, West Des Moines, IA 50265 10 days before work date.

Contacts if you need help: 

Larry Sample – 225-6485

WDM United Methodist Church office – 279-0826

Mike Plymale – 515-250-4176

Anita Kiene – 515-975-8969

Days Until The 2019 State Fair Stand Opens