Iowa United Methodist's participate in the 2015 Iowa State Fair

Iowa United Methodist's participate in the 2015 Iowa State Fair

August 14, 2015

Iowa United Methodists are present at the 2015 State Fair.  We've heard from a few who will be participating in events and/or be honored.  If you, or your group, will be receiving an award or participating in some way, please let us know ( and we'll update our list...

West Des Moines UMC is operating it’s food stand for the 66th consecutive year at the Iowa State Fair.  Started In 1949, the WDMUMC stand is the only remaining permanent church operated food stand along what had been known as Church Row.  With a much larger menu for breakfast, lunch or dinner and slightly higher prices than when started, the stand is recognized as one of the places to go for fair participants as well as fair goers.  Again this year a free prayer on a stick is being offered, as well as an opportunity to receive prayer for any personal need for all who come by.  The West Des Moines UMC Food Stand is located just inside Gate #8, on the East side of the sheep barn

Diane Townsley and her husband, Mike (clergy) will be volunteering at the Heifer Project booth in the Ag Building from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. on August 14 and 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on August 20. Also, Mike, as well as members of his church, Mark and JoEllen Carter, plan to have entries in the Apiary (bee keeping/honey) division at the state fair. The Apiary exhibits are also in the Ag Building. Both the Heifer Project booth and the Apiary exhibits are on the second level.

Christian Chaos, the worship band from 1st UMC of Tipton, will present worshipful music at the Susan Knapp Ampitheater Sunday, August 16 at 3:30 p.m.  

Pastor Steve, Rev. Bob Davis and Bret Thies along with four others from the Bloomfield Church will be singing at the MidAmerica Stage (KCCI News Stage) at 3:00 p.m. on Monday August 17.

Tom C. Shinkle and his family have camped at the fair for many years and are there every day for the fair! He typically works 4 or 5 days of the fair at the "Pork Chop on a Stick” food booth, right next to the Iowa Pork Tent. He has long-time friends that help set up and run this, and enjoys working with Pork Producers from all over the state who come in and volunteer their time.