Franklin County 4-H Food Stand Assistant Manager

Base County
Counties Served

To manage the Franklin County 4-H Food Stand at the Franklin County Fair as directed by the Franklin County 4-H Foundation with the assistance of volunteer help from 4-H families, including youth and adults.  Food Stand Manager and workers are expected to be courteous and good 4-H representatives during the fair. Issues and conflicts should be directed to the Franklin County Extension Staff and/or the Franklin County 4-H Foundation.



  • Become ServSafe certified, paid by Franklin 4-H Foundation
  • Research best pricing and contact vendors to order food, condiments and paper products needed for the operation of the food stand during the Franklin County Fair. Make arrangements for delivery and pick-up.
  • Make sure all equipment is in working condition prior to and during the fair.
  • Clean and sanitize all food stand equipment.
  • Work with 4-H staff to provide appropriate written information to clubs on the operation of the food stand during their shift, prior to the fair such as number of adults, youth needed, appropriate attire, arrival time, training, etc. 
  • Prepare menu boards to be posted and laminated menus to be placed on the food stand counters for easy viewing of items available.
  • Work with Franklin County Extension staff to prepare menu prices to reflect the cost of materials and supplies.
  • Train anyone on duties they are responsible for during their shift at the fair. Provide leadership and support to this person throughout the fair.
  • It is the food stand manager’s responsibility to find enough help for the operation of the food stand. It is recommended an assistant for the fair is found.
  • Obtain starter cash check from the Franklin County 4-H Foundation.
  • If anything needs to be fixed or replaced, contact the Franklin County Extension office before any work has been done or anything has been purchased

During Fair

  • Be aware of and enforce all health and safety rules in accordance with State and fair guidelines.
  •  Oversee the operation of the 4-H food stand and work with any assistants to assure coverage during the fair. This will include working with each shift’s workers to train them on start-up and closing (where applicable) food item preparation, food safety, cleanliness of food prep, food stand and dining areas, where food, beverages, paper products, etc., are located, and any other items workers should be aware of while working in the food stand.
  • Food stand manager is required to be there at shift changes.  If volunteers are doing a good job, you can temporarily leave.  Make sure your cell phone number is available for all at the food stand if problems would arise.
  • Assure all appliances remain in working order and adhere to food safety regulations during the fair. Record start-up and closing temperatures in the logbook for equipment and food.
  • Retain receipts of all purchases made for the food stand.
  • Document all items ordered, usage/shortage of inventory, needed to purchase (after original order) left-over, equipment failures and/or breakage, and any items that would be important to have a record of for future use.

Post Fair

  • If there is food left-over after the end of the fair, the food stand manager can sell items for what the original cost was. 
  • Clean and sanitize all food stand equipment.
  • Complete an inventory of unused supplies.
  • A reconciled, written financial report that must include all food stand purchase receipts and bank deposit must be submitted to the Franklin County Extension Office within 3 days of the end of the fair.
  • Once the review has occurred and is deemed balanced and appropriate, and all records and equipment have been returned to the ISU-Extension office, payment will be made to the Franklin County 4-H Food Stand Manager by the Franklin County 4-H Foundation.

  1. 18 years or older
  2. Knowledge of current food safety practices
  3. Must be able to lift 30 lbs.
  4. Must have a valid driver’s license
  5. Pass a background screening
Additional Information

Food Stand Hours of Operation:

The food stand manager is required to be there at shift changes to train new volunteers/youth.

            Wednesday, July 5                  Foodstand Setup - evening

            Wednesday, July 12                7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

            Thursday, July 13                   7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

            Friday, July 14                        7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

            Saturday, July 15                    7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

            Sunday, July 16                      7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

            Monday, July 17                     Foodstand Cleanup - morning

To apply for this position, submit a cover letter, resume, and the application at the following link: Apply Here:  To be guaranteed consideration, completed materials should be submitted to Missy Crawford, County Director, by May 5th at noon. The position will remain open until filled.

Job Type
Wages (type)
To be determined based on experience and qualifications.
Application Deadline
This position will remain open until filled

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