Corndog Kickoff Benefit Auction

Each year, the Corndog Kickoff Benefit Auction features incredible packages of Iowa and State Fair-themed items, including weekend getaways, artwork, home decor, event tickets, local fare and much more. 

Click Here to view the 2019 Auction Book!

Please consider making a donation to the Corndog Kickoff Auction to help support Fairgrounds renovation projects. Donating an auction package consisting of your product or service is an excellent way to promote your company, as it will be seen - and bid on - by nearly 2,000 attendees.
Benefits for auction donors include complimentary tickets to the Corndog Kickoff (number of tickets based on value of donation) and publicity in event materials.
If you are interested in donating an auction item to the 2020 Kickoff, please fill out and return the donation form for inclusion in our printed materials.  If you have further questions about donating an auction item, please contact Robin.

1. A Coke and A Smile

This beverage cooler will bring a smile to your face as you reach in for an ice cold Coke.

  • The graphics on the cooler feature images of the Iowa State Fair and the 2019 logo.
  • The cooler measures approximately 25”x 23” x 53 1/2” and can hold over 300 bottles.
  • Stock up your cooler with $100 in Casey's gift cards.

Donated by Atlantic Bottling Company & Casey's



2. A Cheerful Quilt

This cheerful quilt features many Fair favorites, all in fabric form.

  • Measuring 63” x 71”, the intricate details will have you looking this quilt over more than once.

Donated by Danyell Klein



3. Decked Out 

Your patio will be the place to hang out this summer when you add this deck bar.

  • Constructed of western red cedar, the bar measures 76"l x 44"h x 30"d and has adjustable shelves plus an area large enough for a keg or mini-refrigerator.
  • It already comes supplied with a patio umbrella and bar accessories. Plus a $50 Visa gift card to stock the bar.

Donated by Mark & Denise Bell, Glazer's Southern Distributors and ECHO



4. Zoom, Zoom, Zoom

Last year, the sold-out crowd at the Ford EcoBoost 400 witnessed one of the most historic moments in sports history. You could be there this year!

  • Four grandstand tickets to NASCAR’s championship races at the Homestead – Miami Speedway on November 16-17, 2019. You’ll see the Xfinity and Monster Energy Series Ford EcoBoost 300 and 400.
  • Your total racing package also includes four "hot" garage passes that are good for the entire weekend. Must be 18 years of age for garage area access. Tickets are non-transferable.
  • A $400 Visa gift card to use for travel, lodging or food on your trip.

Donated by Housby & Gary & Cindy Cheney



5. Your Name Here

Put your name on a pathway at the Iowa State Fair!

  • Name the beautiful winding path that connects Grand Avenue to the Expo Hill plaza area.
  • A sign will be made with your designated inscription and hung at the entrance to the path through July 2020.
  • You’ll receive the inset at the end of the year unless you win again in 2020.

Donated by the Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation



6. Deer Season

Here’s an opportunity to have an out-of-state hunting buddy join you during deer season.

  • One out-of-state deer tag good for the 2019-20 or 2020-21 hunting seasons. You select shotgun, bow or muzzle loading.  
  • This special deer license consists of one any sex deer license and one antlerless only deer license and tag.
  • The game and habitat fee is not included.
  • A  patent-pending RibSpreader - the simple, powerful chest-expanding tool for dressing large game.

Donated by Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Paulson Products


7. The Owl Tour 

Enjoy the show by the Zac Brown Band on Sunday, August 11 with four tickets. And you'll score backstage passes too!

  • Package includes gate admission for four and one parking pass.
  • *Backstage passes are given final confirmation the day of the show. In the event the artist declines to participate, half of the package purchase price will be refunded.

Donated by the Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation



8. A Fresh Baked Pie

A delicious homemade pie created by a prizewinning baker.

Donated by Elysa Koss



9. A Carousel Ride

This beautiful carousel horse is ready to ride into your home.

  • This horse was handcrafted by a gentleman in Carroll, IA as a special gift to his wife. A decades long love-affair is captured in the careful crafting of every detail.

Donated by Marilyn Markey



10. A Sticks Original 

The Fair-loving artists at Sticks have created another wonderful work of art featuring the Iowa State Fair.

  • An original watercolor, this painting features many of the Fair's most favored components. Measuring 44" x 44", the piece is finished with a custom Sticks frame.

Donated by Sticks Inc.


11. We're Having a Party

The Stonehaven Barn is a beautiful, unique country-setting venue in De Soto, and is the perfect, relaxing location for your next wedding, reception, company retreat or family reunion.

  • In addition to 3000 sq. ft. of space in the barn, there is an outdoor kitchen area, picnic tables scattered around the complex, and an adjacent courtyard-like area perfect for additional seating or use with a 30 x 40 tent.
  • Make planning your event easy with the help of The Girls Catering. They will provide $50 in floral arrangements and $300 in food catering.
  • Help feed everyone with $600 in beef certificates and get beverages with $100 in Casey's gift cards.

Donated by Stonehaven Barn, The Girls Catering and Boone County Cattlemen



12. The Hawkeye State

Cheer on the Iowa Hawkeyes at three sporting events during the 2019-20 school year.

  • Two Outdoor Club Seats and a Kinnick Society parking pass to any one 2019 Big Ten home football game with a "VIP Hawkeye Fan Package" which includes club room access, coaching shirts, hats, a media guide, football calendar and more. Please confirm your preferred game and shirt sizes by August 15th.
  • Two priority tickets and a priority parking pass to any one 2019-20 Big Ten home men's basketball game with a "VIP Hawkeye Fan Package" including club room access, coaching shirts, hats, media guide and more. Please confirm preferred game and shirt sizes by November 1st.
  • Four Iowa women's basketball tickets located in section A, Row 2 at center court to two separate 2019-20 season games. Select your tickets based on mutually agreeable dates with the donor.

Donated by University of Iowa Athletic Department and Jeff & Meg Courter



13. A Taste of Wine Country

Take off for an adventure in California wine country.

  • Enjoy a 3 night stay in a California wine country home. A two bedroom, 2 1/2 bath home in Solvang, CA with exquisite views, a patio with a firepit, community pool and tennis courts. It is located near over 200 wineries, restaurants and golf in the Santa Ynez Valley, a short 30 minute drive from Santa Barbara. Valid through April, 2020. No children or pets allowed.
  • Three beautiful, ready to drink bottles of premium Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon to enjoy at home: a 2005 Tor Beckstoffer (96 pts), 2010 Drinkward Peschon (93 pts) and a 2011 Peter Michael Les Parots (92 pts)
  • Two roundtrip tickets on Southwest Airlines will get you to the Los Angeles area to start your wine country adventure.

Donated by Don Young and Southwest Airlines


14. Great Recognition

This package features three names known throughout Iowa – Van, Bonnie and Chuck – and allows you to help a non-profit organization gain recognition.

  •  Van and Bonnie are radio icons with long careers at WHO Radio. You'll receive a special tour of WHO Radio's facility from this radio duo.
  •  Give a gift of promotion on WHO Radio with a $2000 advertising schedule of commercials for a non-profit organization or non-profit event. Must be used by 12/1/2019.
  •  A night on the town with Chuck Long. Chuck will attend the event, ballgame, book signing, golf outing or dinner to help promote your chosen cause. Expenses associated with the event are the responsibility of the certificate holder. The date must be determined two months in advance and is subject to his availability.

Donated by 1040 WHO Radio , Chuck Long and Aaron Putze


15. Reclaimed 

Your bourbon can find a new home on the shelf in this reclaimed barrell once used for aging whiskey.

  • Featuring several glass shelves and a lit interior, this former cask has a new, functional use as a decorative shelve.
  • A set of six glasses to inspire a conversation.

Donated by Wayne Steinkamp and Marie Fredrickson


16. Group Therapy Tour 

Enjoy the show by Hootie & the Blowfish with special guest Barenaked Ladies on Sunday, August 18 with four tickets. And you'll score backstage passes too!

  • Package includes gate admission for four and one parking pass.
  • *Backstage passes are given final confirmation the day of the show. In the event the artist declines to participate, half of the package purchase price will be refunded.

Donated by the Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation



17. A Solid Table 

Decorative concrete is being used in residential applications like never before, here's your opportunity to design a piece for your home.

  • Design your own custom concrete high top pub table measuring 3’ by 3’ and 42” high. Metal legs are powder coated so the table can be used inside or outside.

Donated by Speck USA


18. What's New At the Fair

Not Your Mama’s Taco, Pork-Almighty, Apple Egg Rolls - what will the hot new food item be at this year's Fair?

  • It's your turn to join a panel of celebrity judges to get the very first bite of 2019's new foods during the LIVE new food judging. Just like the reality program Top Chef, all new food entries will be explained and presented to a panel of judges one by one. Judging will be based on taste/flavor, value, presentation/appearance and creativity/originality.
  • The judging occurs on Tuesday, July 16 starting at 1:00 p.m. in the Elwell Family Food Center.
  • Come sample all the wonderful Fair foods again and again with two wristbands and an all Fair parking pass plus $50 in food coupons.
  • A $50 Visa gift card to purchase the latest and greatest items touted by Fair vendors.
  • A selection of Iowa State Fair swag, including the most recent cookbooks, round out your package.

Donated by the Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation and ECHO



19. Cruisin'

You'll be cruising around the golf course in style with a 2019 EZGO two passenger golf cart.

Donated by Golf Cars of Iowa 


20. Cheer on the Cardinal & Gold

Cheer on the Iowa State Cyclones at three sporting events during the 2019-20 school year.

  • Four tickets to the Iowa State vs Kansas football game on Saturday, November 23, 2019. Your seats are located in the Athletics' Department balcony suite and include food and soft drinks plus a VIP parking pass. *Must wear Cyclone colored attire!*
  • Four men's basketball tickets for a Big 12 2019-20 season game of your choice, excluding Kansas.
  • Two tickets to two selected ISU women's 2019-20 basketball games.
  • A selection of ISU apparel and best fan coffee mugs.

Donated by Iowa State University Athletic Department, Bill & Deb Fennelly and Marie Fredrickson



21. Release the Birds

This package provides you with two separate hunting experiences featuring pheasants, quail or chukars and turkeys.

  • Big Springs Shooting Complex near Searsboro will provide a one day hunt with 50 birds, a guide and dogs. Four hunters along with their dogs can be accommodated. 
  • Select the date of your hunt between September 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020.
  • Your second experience is with turkeys through Ridge Runner Outfitters. Enjoy a two day spring 2020 turkey hunt on private land guided by Brian Poindexter. This hunt is good for two people.

Donated by Absolute Concrete & Ridge Runner Outfitters



22. A Colorful Tree 

This weeping willow wine bottle tree will add a focal point to your garden landscape.

  • Standing 10' tall, the tree features a braided metal trunk that supports the weeping branches holding over 30 wine bottles. The bottles hang by the cork rather than upside down.
  • This tree was a main feature in the Discovery Garden during the 2014 and 2015 Fairs.

Donated by RS Welding



23. He Does Exist

Big Foot will inspire many conversations when friends see him in your backyard.

  • Standing about 9 feet tall, this metal sculpture is a full-on representation of one of our favorite mythical creatures.

Donated by Mark & Renee Lane


24. Fresh Baked Pie

A delicious homemade pie created by a prizewinning baker.

Donated by Elysa Koss



25. Concert Series

Can’t decide what concert to go to? Why not all of them?

  • Have your own "Concert Club" area in the Grandstand at the 2019 Iowa State Fair with eight seats to each of the eleven concerts.

Donated by Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation



26. Let the Fire Burn 

Let the fire burn all night long as you enjoy sitting by this artisan crafted custom fire pit fashioned after our very own Livestock Pavilion.

  • The doors are open to let the warmth out and the roof will lift off to give access to the fire.
  • A half-cord of wood will be delivered to your home to help fuel your fire. Delivery provided in the metro area.

Donated by Metal Artisans - & John's Tree Service


27. A Natural Start 

Mother Nature started the design of this table and the artisans at Custom Woodworking & Design created the finished product.

  • Starting with a slab of oak, the 8’x40” table has a naturally rustic edge and a glass inlay where the trunk separated into branches. A smooth epoxy fills in the other characteristics Mother Nature created.
  • The oak slab rests on metal legs.

Donated by Custom Woodworking & Design


28. 20/20 Vision

If you are nearsighted, farsighted or have astigmatism, LASIK surgery may offer the vision you want without the constraints of glasses or contacts.

  • Wolfe Eye Clinic will perform a bilateral LASIK procedure in either their West Des Moines or Cedar Rapids clinics.
  • You'll receive your initial evaluation appointment at any Wolfe Clinic main office; pre and post operative medications and drops, the procedure and LASIK-related follow up visits for one year and enhancement within two years post-op if necessary.

Donated by Wolfe Eye Clinic 


29. Getting Around 

There's a lot of space and a hill between the VI Building and Grandfather's Barn and not everyone can have a golf cart to make it easier.

  • Here's your opportunity to bring a golf cart onto the grounds with a 2019 Iowa State Fair golf cart registration sticker.
  • An all Fair VIP parking pass for a lot to the east of the Livestock Pavilion will provide easy access to your golf cart which can safely be left at the Blue Ribbon Foundation's hospitality area.
  • Two wristbands provide easy admission to the Fair and a bag of swag gets you appropriately outfitted.

Donated by The Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation


30. Prime Camping 

Attending every day of the Iowa State Fair is a piece of cake when you are camped right outside the gates!

  • Winnebago is providing an RV for the duration of the Fair and will have it ready for you to move into.
  • Two admission wristbands, allowing for 11 days of entry, are included as is a parking pass for your campsite. You'll also have several tickets to ride the Sky Glider, Ye Old Mill and the Giant Slide.
  • Commemorate your 2019 Iowa State Fair with an old-fashioned 8" x 10" portrait for up to six people. You can select a matted or poster format. Valid only at the 2019 Iowa State Fair.
  • A pillow constructed using an Iowa State Fair t-shirt.

Donated by Winnebago Industries, Karen Brockelsby & the Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation



31. Live Art

What will the painting be? Watch and find out during the live auction.

  • Kiki Curtis will begin painting the canvas at the start of the live auction and have a completed painting for you to bid on by the end of live bidding.
  • A clue….it will have an Iowa State Fair feel.

Donated by Kiki Curtis




32. Sunset Repeat Tour 

Enjoy the show by Luke Bryan with special guest Jon Langston on Friday, August 16 with four tickets.  And you'll score backstage passes too!

  • Package includes gate admission for four and one parking pass.
  • *Backstage passes are given final confirmation the day of the show. In the event the artist declines to participate, half of the package purchase price will be refunded

Donated by The Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation



4. My Stuff 

A Sticks' keepsake box to keep small treasures in.

  • In colors of pink and purple, the painting features two figures on the front.

Donated by Al Arthur & Linda Bond



9. Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home wreath created with burlap.

  • The wreath is accented with bright magenta, teal and yellow with a Home Sweet Home sign in the center. A definite welcome to hang on your door.

Donated by Crafts by Sheila



15. For a Young Farmer

This barn will receive hours of play by your young farmer.

  • A 4230 and a 4320 John Deere 1/16 scale model tractor will keep them busy in the carpet fields.
  • A $50 gift card to The Brass Armadillo to find livestock, fencing and implements for your farm.

Donated by Chuck & Robin Taylor, The Brass Armadillo and the Blue Ribbon Foundation



16. Vintage Iowa State

This package has a variety of vintage Iowa State University keepsakes.

  • A miniature pennant and homecoming button pin from 1959 are framed in a shadow box.
  • What names do you recognize as you leaf through these four Cyclone men's basketball media books from 1986-87, 1988-89, 1989-90, and 1990-91?
  • Discover other vintage Iowa State University items at The Brass Armadillo with a $25 gift card.

Donated by Marie Fredrickson and The Brass Armadillo


24. Kick Back & Relax

Adirondack chairs are made for relaxing.

  • Add these two adirondack chairs to your patio and you'll never want to leave. Created from barn boards, they have a rustic red look.

Donated by Kerry Johnson Works 



55. Double Ferris Wheel

Once the iconic ride rising above the midway, the double ferris wheel is the subject of this original painting.

  • The painting measures 24" x 72".

Donated by Dawn Gunderson - Whimsy Bits



64. Sky Glider

An original painting of the Sky Glider.

  • The painting measures 18" x 36".

Donated by Dawn Gunderson - Whimsy Bits



75. Crafted by Hazel Oaks Farm

This C-base industrial side table will fit perfectly under the arm of your couch or chair.

  • Handmade in Eastern Iowa, the craftsman uses American-made steel and locally harvested wood. This piece is created with a 1" thick piece of live-edge walnut with a raw steel base coated with water-based primer.
  • It measures 25" tall x 18" deep x 12" wide.

Donated by Hazel Oaks Farm



82. An Iconic Fair

An original framed print of iconic Iowa State Fair images.

  • The print measures 24" x 36".

Donated by Dawn Gunderson - Whimsy Bits


86. Enjoy Your Backyard

Keep the flora and fauna in your backyard happy.

  • Brenton Arboretum has packed a basket full of insect hotels, bird feeders and houses.
  • Enjoy a family membership, two hours of free rental time in 2019 and $20 off any of the arboretum's make and take classes in 2019.
  • You'll also receive a burr oak seedling to plant.

Donated by Brenton Arboretum



92. Oink! Oink!

This non-muddy pig is always ready to romp around outside or cuddle inside with a good book.

  • Your child will snuggle their head into three cheerful pillowcases featuring farm-related fabrics.
  • A $20 gift card to The Learning Post in Urbandale to discover other cheerful items for kids.

Donated by Sir Winslow Zoo, Nancy Simmons Crafts and The Learning Post



107. Fair Accents

Set of four pillows with iconic Iowa State Fair images interwoven in the design.

Donated by Dawn Gunderson- Whimsy Bits



112. LipSense

Using a great product on your lips just makes sense.

  • Enjoy using a selection of LipSense lipsticks and glosses as well as some nail polish too.
  • An Iowa State Fair themed fabric clutch bag to carry as a purse or toiletry bag.

Donated by Impressions Salon and Michele Lastovica



131. Getting Healthy

Treat your body right with this package.

  • A three month membership with two personal training sessions to Fitness World Clubs in the metro area. Expires 8/30/2020.
  • Eating healthy is also key to being healthy. A selection of oils, vinegars and an assortment of local spices and sauces will have you amping up your scratch cooking.
  • A large ceramic bowl and matching dip bowl are perfect for serving large salads.
  • Find great recipes in the 18th and 19th editions of the Iowa State Fair cookbooks. Select a lean beef dish with $50 in beef certificates.

Donated by Fitness World Clubs, AllSpice Culinarium, Jan Krogh, Boone County Cattlemen and the Blue Ribbon Foundation



140. Lath Work 

Lath artwork by Theodore DeGroot, a Dutch artist with Minnesota roots.

  • This piece features a streetscape in hues of brown, rust, blue and white.

Donated by Gene & Danyell Klein



143. Setting a Mood

Scentsy products help set a mood in your home with the scents they produce.

  • Have a scent for any season with a selection of Scentsy's products.
  • A Luminara real flame pillar candle sets a great mood, especially when combined with a foaming bubble bath. You'll have two scents to select from whenever you want to relax.

Donated by Impressions Salon and Jane Krogh



178. For a Cheesehead

Add a Green Bay Packers signed football to your collection.

  • A 2018 Collector's Series Football that has the transferred signatures of the team and coaching staff.

Donated by Green Bay Packers



180. Farm Sweet Farm 

Farm Sweet Farm is a quilted wall hanging featuring four milk cans with farm designs inside.

  • Measuring 31" x 50", the colors are in neutral tones of black, gray, cream and brown.

Donated by Marcia Wing



189. Smelling Good

Tocca "Maya" Eau de Parfum will be your go to scent.

  • Distinctive and confident, "Maya" exudes strength of character with a rare joining of wild iris, sweet violet leaf, and black currant. 
  • Impressions Salon has pulled together a selection of hair products to build strength and body in your hair.

Donated by Eden and Impressions Salon



201. High Stakes Racing

Smarty Jones was the winner of the 2004 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stake and finished second in the Belmont Stakes on June 5, 2004.

  • Any horse racing fan will love this compilation of framed Smarty Jones memorabilia from his race for the Triple Crown.

Donated by Deb Rhiner



212. Take that Longhorns!

Cheer on the ISU Cyclone football team at their game against Texas on November 16, 2019.

  • Four tickets to the game and hours of fun tailgating in advance.
  • Make use of an original handcrafted pleather ISU pillow and a set of four thermal wine cups.
  • A nesting set of plastic football bowls with lids are perfect for bringing tailgating treats.
  • Use $100 in beef certificates to create a great tailgating dish.

Donated by Bill & Deb Fennelly, Binning Originals and Boone County Cattlemen



213. Farm to Fair Meal

Have a seat at the table for the 2nd annual "Farm to Fair Table" event to be held in the Livestock Pavilion on Friday, August 16 at noon.

  • Four people have the opportunity to eat, learn, engage and discover things about Iowa food grown and raised to sustain the world from the producers themselves - Iowa farmers.
  • 500 guests are invited to sit down for a meal featuring pork as the main protein.
  • Two Corndog Kickoff themed t-shirts and beverage cups for you to use.
  • A small pig serving platter and cutting board fit the pork theme, as do a pair of pig salt and pepper shakers.
  • Gate admission for four and a parking pass.

Donated by the Iowa State Fair, Marcia Ewing, Neal & Marie Fredrickson, JK Creative Wood, Wynanda Ferguson - Wimpy's Ceramics and the Blue Ribbon Foundation



231. For Fido 

Fido will consider himself a lucky dog when you clip on his new harness and leash.

  • He'll also like getting a new dog blanket, Acana dog food, a sweater, collar, toy, treats, poop bag dispenser and portable water bowl. Plus a key fob for you.
  • If you need to get away, use three nights of boarding at Pet Medical Center. The service also includes a bath and nail trim. Pet must be current on all rabies, distemper and Bordetella vaccines and have a negative stool sample within 6 months of boarding. Reservations required. Expires on 7/31/2020.

Donated by Tarry Myers and Pet Medical Center


240. Checkers - Game or Décor?

This large recessed checker board has a folk art feel to it.

  • Hang it on the wall for a striking look or place it on the table for a competitive game that also works as a centerpiece.

Donated by LaCretia Lage



253. Encouraging the Next Generation of Farmers

Iowa Foundation for Agricultural Advancement is a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging 4-H and FFA members to pursue ag-related careers.

  • Foursome for IFAA golf tournament on Friday, September 13, 2019 at Otter Creek Golf Course in Ankeny. This includes cart, green fees, food and beverage plus pin prizes.
  • Plus $300 in Hy-Vee coupons for beef, pork and lamb all packaged in a miniature golf bag with koozies, golf towel and golf balls.

Donated by Iowa Foundation for Agricultural Advancement



254. Stay Warm

Keep warm this winter with two pairs of adult wool mittens that have a merino wool lining.

  • A size medium Carhart Crowley jacket is made to move with you and keep you warm.
  • G & L Clothing can outfit you with cold weather clothing with a $100 gift card.
  • Your hands take a beating in the cold. Keep them moisturized with hand lotion and up to snuff with a manicure kit.

Donated by Janice Johnston, Meg Courter and G & L Clothing


256. Vintage Iowa 

Show your love of the Hawkeyes with this framed vintage pennant for the University of Iowa.

  • Other University of Iowa sports memorabilia include programs from the 1985 football Iowa vs Minnesota football game and the 1983 Florida vs Iowa Gator Bowl game as well as Field House and Rose Bowl pins.
  • Celebrate a win with a toast from a Big 10 co-champion stein.
  • Find other vintage Hawkeye items at The Brass Armadillo with a $25 gift card.

Donated by Laura Johnson, Marie Fredrickson and The Brass Armadillo



260. Rock Me Gently

The toddler in your life will spend hours rocking in this little chair.

  • A selection of children's books for your child to read or be read too.

Donated by Michael Abildtrup and Susan Middleton Elya