Corndog Kickoff

2020 Corndog Kickoff Update: The Corndog Kickoff is canceled for 2020. Please save Saturday, July 10, 2021 for the fundraising event that kicks off our Fair season! The Blue Ribbon Foundation will contact supporters that already gave a donation to the 2020 event. In lieu of the Kickoff, the Foundation is exploring other options to bring our Fair friends together, either in person or in spirit, in support of Fairgrounds renovations. Stay tuned for more information via social media and our website.


Each July, Fair-lovers whet their Iowa State Fair appetite by attending the Corndog Kickoff Benefit Auction and Fair Food Grazing Party. It is a fun-filled night complete with live entertainment, all of your Fair food favorites, and a variety of unique auction packages to satisfy any State Fair enthusiast.

The Corndog Kickoff began in 1997 and was first held in Pioneer Hall. The 460 attendees bid on 20 live and 43 silent packages, raising over $67,000 for the Iowa State Fair. Like the Fair itself, the Kickoff fundraiser has evolved over the last 20 years, and has grown to encompass over half of the William C. Knapp Varied Industries Building.

Nearly 2,200 people come together each year to bid on over 30 live auction packages and 200 silent auction packages. To date, the event has raised a total of $6.2 million toward Fairgrounds renovations.

The event is coordinated each spring by a committee of volunteers and Foundation staff members. Please contact Drew if you want to get involved in planning this pre-Fair tradition!

Save the date for the 2021 Corndog Kickoff slated for July 10, 2021!

Thank you! Your support helped the 23rd annual Corndog Kickoff Benefit Auction and Fair Food Grazing Party raise $514,300 for the renovation and preservation of the Iowa State Fairgrounds!

2,200 Iowa State Fair fans gathered for a night of fun, food and fundraising. The Blue Ribbon Foundation auctioned off 32 live and 266 silent auction packages for totals of $117,400 and $63,410, respectively. Patron contributions totaled  $299,400. The remaining funds consisted of ticket and merchandise sales.

We hope to see you next year on Saturday, July 11 for the 2020 Kickoff!