DES MOINES, Iowa -- Last year the Iowa State Fair saw over one million visitors. With all the tasty food and delicious beverages to consume, a trip to the bathroom is a necessity for fairgoers.
The fair has more than 200 portable toilets and someone has to clean them. There is a crew at the fair that makes “Number 2” their top priority.
Bob's Septic Tank & Mobile Toilet Service has been a part of the business for over 25 years.
"It's rewarding," says Jason Sheppard, Owner. "It's not exactly something everyone wants to do. If there wasn't sanitation services, the lines would be a lot longer at standard bathrooms."
He started coming out to help the original owner Bob Davis when he was just a young boy.
"Man, I was maybe seven when I started out here," said Shepherd. "I've met thousands of different kinds of people. Rock stars, dignitaries, politicians and even presidents."
They get started each morning at 3:30 and it takes over 14 hours to get everything cleaned.
In addition to mobile toilets, they take care of 30 other dirty jobs, like food waste and the animal wash bays.
When it's time to do some heavy lifting they call in "Big Daddy II." It's a vacuum truck that can carry 3,500 gallons of waste.
They work closely with the maintenance crews at the fair to keep everything clean.
"We are just a tiny part of this," said Shepherd. "Maintenance here at the fair does a great job of doing a lot of the everyday cleaning."