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 2017 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 2018 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. Gliding By

Have your own Sky Glider chair.

  • This bright orange one used to hang on the east Sky Glider ride.

Donated by Sky Fair and the Iowa State Fair

Sky Glider


2. Up, Up and Away

Enjoy a peaceful ride over the central Iowa landscape in a hot air balloon ride.

  • Your ballooning adventure over Warren County is good for 1-3 people. Subject to pilot availability and weather conditions. Must physically be able to climb into the basket. Expires November 11, 2017.
  • Make it a get- away with a night's stay in a king suite in Indianola at the Country Inn & Suites by Carlson. 
  • Enjoy a made from scratch breakfast or lunch at Mishmash Eats with a $25 gift card.

Donated by Jim & Rita Fromm, Country Inn & Suites by Carlson & Mishmash Eats 


3. Zoom, Zoom, Zoom

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

  • Four grandstand tickets to NASCAR's championship races at the Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 18-19, 2017. You'll see the Xfinity and Monster Energy Series Ford EcoBoost 300 and 400. 
  • Your total racing package also includes four garage passes that are good for the entire weekend. Must be 18 years of age for garage area access. Tickets are non-transferable. 
  • Before heading to Florida, check out racing in Iowa with four Newton Club tickets with parking for the July 29th NASCAR Xfinity Series U.S. Cellular 250 at the Iowa Speedway

Donated by Housby Mack & the Iowa Speedway



4. Tell Me Something Good

Little Big Town will definitley sing you something good at their concert on August 18.

  • Four front row tickets to see Little Big Town with special guest Seth Ennis from the front row plus backstage passes. 
  • Your seats are in section BB, row 1, seats 1-4. 
  • Four gate admission tickets and a parking pass. 

Donated by the Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation 


5. Go Cubs!

Here's your chance to cheer on both the Iowa and Chicago Cubs baseball teams.

  • Two tickets to watch the Chicago Cubs when they play the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field on Saturday, September 16. Your seats are in section 206, row 10, just off the third baseline. 
  • A $200 Visa gift card for lodging in Chicago. 
  • One skybox rental including 10 tickets to a 2017 Iowa Cubs game at Principal Park. Food not included and advance reservation required; subject to availability. 
  • $200 in Casey's gift cards take care of gas and snacks. 
  • A special Cubs pillow to show you're a fan.

Do nated by Daniel Molyneaux, Gary and Cindy Cheney, Iowa Cubs, Casey's General Store & Karen Brockelsby 



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 2017-18 hunting seasons; 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 in not included. 

Donated by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources


7. Explore Iowa

 Head for the great outdoors in comfort in this 24' Class C Motorhome for one week.

  • 500 miles are included and the use is valid between August 31, 2017 to January 1, 2018 and subject to availability.
  • Casey's is the place to go. Fill up your tank with a $200 gift card and enjoy fresh pizza with two coupons. 
  • An Iowa State Fair pillow with a camping theme. 

Donated by Ed Garner's Autorama RV Center, Inc., Casey's General Stores and Karen Brockelsby

24' Class C Motorhome 

8. Have a Seat

A classic rattan hi-back chair with deep cushions provides a welcoming place to rest.

  • A matching glass topped end table can easily accomodate a light, beverage and book. 
  • Pull it all together with a Newport rug measuring 42" x 66" in marine blue colors. 

Donated by Victoria Veiock

9. Rocky Mountain Adventure

Spend a week exploring Summit County with a stay at Keystone Resort.

  • This two bedroom, two bathroom condo sleeps eight comfortably. A pool, hot tub and sauna are just 50 feet away.
  • Horseback riding, hiking, biking, rafting, boating and much more are mere minutes away. 
  • This condo is available from May 1 to October 31 for a Saturday to Saturday rental based on availability. The buyer has two years to book. A $125 cleaning fee is assessed upon your reservation. 
  • $200 in Casey's gift cards covers gas and snacks for your trip. 

Donated by the Reynolds Family


10. Gallop in the Garden

Once a staple in front of a store offering rides for a quarter, this vintage horse is ready to retire in your garden. 

  • A lovely, time-worn coat gives this filly the perfect look for your garden. 
  • The custom-designed metal stand is made for interior or exterior locations. 

Donated by Duane and Shirley Clark & Cox Design and Metal Fabrication


11. An Historic Cooler

A custom wrapped beverage cooler featuring historic images of the Iowa State Fair. 

  • The cooler measures approximately 25" x 23" x 53 1/2" and can hold over 300 bottles. 

Donated by Atlantic Bottling Company

12. It Won't Roll Away

A unique use for an old bicycle, this table will initiate many conversations.

  • Zane is an 18 year-old creative artist who started "pickin" and re-purposing when he was only 10.
  • The wood for this table comes from a barn in the Winterset area. 

Donated by Inspired Finds 


13. Inside the Grounds

Get the Fair experience inside the gates. 

  • See the Fair 24/7 from inside the gates with this VIP campsite. (Camper is not included). 
  • Tickets to ride the SkyGlider, Ye Old Mill and the Giant Slide and four coupons for delicious milkshakes. 
  • A pillow constructed using an Iowa State Fair t-shirt. 
  • Two admission wristbands, allowing for 11 days of entry, are included as is a parking pass for your campsite. 

Donated by the Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation, Sky Fair, the Iowa State Fair, Midwest Dairy Association & Karen Brockelsby

14. A Fresh Baked Pie

A delicious home made pie created by a prize-winning baker. 

Donated by Elysa Koss


15. A Pheasant Hunt 

Venture to Searsboro, Iowa for an all-day pheasant hunt. 

  • Big Springs Shooting Resort will provide a one day hunt with 50 birds, a guide and dogs. Four hunters along with their dogs can be accomodated. 
  • Select the date of your hunt between September 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018. 
  • A framed, signed print by Keith Warrick entitled "Backyard Birds" features two pheasants in flight. 

Donated by Absolute Concrete & Michael Albiltrup

16. What's New At the Fair

Not Your Mama's Taco, Bacon Brisket Mac and Cheese, Ice Cream Nachos-Now is your chance to be a judge in the Iowa State Fair New Foods Contest. 

  • Earn a spot among celebrity judges to get the very first bite of 2017's new foods during the first ever 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. 
  • The judging occurs Wednesday, July 19 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Youth Inn. 
  • A 28" lazy susan featuring foods of the Fair custom made by Sticks can be your trophy for winning this great prize package.  

Donated by Iowa State Fair & Sticks


17. All Summer Long

Kid Rock will keep you rockin' all summer long at this August 20th concert. 

  • Four front row tickets to see Kid Rock. 
  • Your seats are in Section BB, Row 1, Seats 1-4.
  • Four gate admission for four and a parking pass.

Donated by the Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation

18. Party in a Box

Throw a party with ease as all you'll need to do is provide the guest list and then show up! 

  • Use the FFA Enrichment Center's stunning glass-walled atrium for your event. Event date and times subject to availability. 
  • It'll be one of the easiest events you've hosted with 22 hours worth of event planning assistance from Facets. Materials and rentals not included. 
  • Arrangments have already been mdae for $300 in catering plus a $100 flower credit and $500 in beef certificates. Catering services not available during the Iowa State Fair or spring break. 
  • A two man musical group will provide two hours of live music. Date restrictions apply. 
  • Dessert is easy with a tray of brownies and a soft serve ice creace machine. 

Donated by FFA Enrichment Center, Facets, The Girls Catering, Joel Ambrose, Kevin Meeks, Originals by Beck, Boone County Cattlemen's Association & Allen Meyer. 



19. An Artful Installation

A bright, colorful custom painted barnwood installation featuring a Fair theme.

  • Missy is a long-time Iowa State Fair fan, showing cattle as well as teaching our painting class.

Donated by Messy Missy's Painting Studio & Gathering 

20. A Concert Series

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

  • Have your own personal band box in the Grandstand at the 2017 Iowa State Fair. 
  • Containing twelve seats, you and eleven friends can enjoy the entire 2017 concert series. 

Donated by the Iowa State Fair 


21. We've Got You Covered

Looking for a beautiful hardwood floor? Then this package is perfect for you. 

  • A full pallet of solid, prefinished maple hardwood is ready to grace your home. 
  • A natural maple color, this light flooring will brighten your living space. 
  • 1,342 sq. ft. of flooring to be picked up at Poindexter Flooring in Indianola. They can help with installation needs too.  

Donated by Poindexter Flooring


  22. No Bull! 

When this bull is blowing smoke out his nostrils, great things are coming your way.

  • It's no joke, the charcoal grill is almost as big as a life-sized longhorn bull. 
  • $200 in beef certificates provides for some great grilling. 
  • A selection of The Shed's BBQ sauces for your meats.

Donated by Mark and Denise Lane, the Boone County Cattlemen's Association and Ron Ansley

23. Move Over Broadway

Here's your opportunity to get two tickets to Hamiliton, one of the hottest shows in the nation, during its run in Des Moines months before the tickets go on sale. 

  • Premium seating for two. You select the performance between July 5th and 15th. 
  • Make is a special night, enjoying dinner at the Des Moines Embassy Club with a $100 gift certificate. 
  • A one night stay with breakfast at the Embassy Suites, makes for a get-away event in the heart of Des Moines. Valid through March 24, 2018. 

Donated by Des Moines Performing Arts, Ankeny Auto Electric, Des Moines Embassy Club & the Embassy Suites Des Moines 



24. The Hawkeye State

Cheer on the Iowa Hawkeyes at three sporting events during the 2017-18 school year.

  • Two tickets to the Iowa vs Wyoming football game on September 2, 2017. 
  • Four Iowa men's basketball tickets in section C, row 23 to your choice of one of three offered Big Ten week night games. The seats are located behind the visiting team's bench. You'll also have a parking pass. 
  • Four Iowa women's basketball tickets located in section A, row 2 at center court. Select your tickets from four offered week night, Big Ten games. 
  • A parking pass is included for each game.
  • $100 in Casey's gift cards for gas or snacks.   

Donated by Jeff and Meg Courter, Anonymous & Casey's General Stores



25. It's a Cyclone Nation 

Cheer on the Iowa State Cyclones at three sporting events during the 2017-18 school year. 

  • Four tickets to the Iowa State vs Kansas football game on October 14, 2017. Your tickets are located in the Jacobsen Building Athletic Director's Suite and include food and beverage plus a VIP parking pass. *Must were Cyclone colored attire! 
  • Four men's basketball tickets for a Big 12 2017-18 season game, excluding Kansas. 
  • Two tickets to two selected Iowa State women's Big 12 basketball games during the 2017-18 season, 
  • A selection of ISU apparel to show your allegience and $100 in Casey's gift cards for tailgating snacks. 

Donated by Iowa State University Athletic Department, Bill & Deb Fennelly & Casey's General Stores



26. What a Ride! 

You'll be going around and round and up and down with this package. 

  • Discover all the rides at the Iowa State Fair. Four wristbands loaded with $100 credits each. These bands are good for rides and games in Thrill Ville and Thrill Town.
  • Head over to Thrill Zone with two passes. Each pass is good for one ride on the Slingshot, Skyscraper, Zipline, Rockwall and Turbo Jump. 
  • Four tickets each to ride the Sky Glider, Ye Old Mill and Giant Slide. 
  • Capture all the joys of the day with a professional photography session at the Fair provided by Katherine McClure Photography. Kat will make sure your Fair experiences are transformed into a beautiful works of photographic art. 
  • Gate admission for four plus a parking pass.  

Donated by the Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation,Katherine McClure Photography, Sky Fair, Amusement Management Inc., & Wildman Caricatures


27. A Prize-Winning Pie

A delicious home made pie created by a prize-winning baker. 

Donated by Elysa Koss

28. A Side Rail

What do train tracks and Italian marble have in common? This unique sofa table. 

  • The supporters for this table were made using rails from the tracks that brought people from the main railroad line along the spur to the south side of the Fairgrounds. 
  • The Italian marble top is a creamy white with veins of gray and sienna. 

Donated by RS Welding


29. Your Name Here

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

  • Name the beautiful winding path that connects Grand Ave. 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 2018. 
  • At the end of the year, you'll receive the inset unless, of course, you are the winning bidder again next year.

Donated by the Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation




Snag one of these retired plaques featuring the Iowa State Fair, specially made for the Blue Ribbon Foundation. Find them in various auction packages. 

Donated by the Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation

Go Cyclones!

Find this ISU quilt in package #42, as well as other Cyclone gear paired with football tickets in package #26.


Donated by Marcia Wing and Bill & Deb Fennelly

9. Check-Mate

Check-mate is what you hope you'll be saying as you play chess or checkers on this table.

  • The handmade table features oak, walnut and cherry woods and measures 36" x 36". A small side drawer will store your chess and checker pieces.
  • Two matching wood drink coasters will protect your table while you play.

Donated by Roger & JoAnne Steele

16. Rocking Away

Have a child who'd love a pony? This might be the easier answer.

  • A handmade, wooden rocking horse can fulfill the pony need for a few years. 


Donated by Jim Martin

17. Scoop It Up

You'll be guaranteed to attract all the kids in your neighborhood when you host an ice cream party.

  • Known for their small batch, homemade ice cream, the Outside Scoop will bring their truck to an event in the metro area for a one hour rental which is about 40-50 scoops. Expires July 8, 2018.
  • Make it a pizza and ice cream party with $50 in Casey's gift cards.
  • If you like ice cream, you don't want to miss the Dairy Barn's concession at the Iowa State Fair. Four coupons for a free cone or shake.


Donated by the Outside Scoop, Casey's General Stores & Midwest Dairy Association 

25. Charge it up

One easy place to store your phones and tablets while charging them.

  • A handmade wooden stand to charge your phone and tablet.


Donated by Jim Martin

28. Egg-cellent

The Iowa Egg Council has put together a selection of egg promotional products for you.

  • This basket includes a selection of high quality cooking utensils, chicken mugs, recipes and a Kindle Fire HD8.
  • Utilize eggs in a variety of tasty recipes found in the 17th and 18th edition Iowa State Fair cookbooks.
  • A handmade, wooden cutting board will make preparation even easier. 
  • Enjoy an egg dish with a $25 gift card to The Cracker Barrel Restaurant. 

Donated by Iowa Egg Council, Roger & JoAnne Steele, the Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation and Fyfe Concessions

 39. A Long Day's Ride

An original acrylic painting featuring a RAGBRAI rider arriving in town after a hot day of pedaling across Iowa.


Donated by Karrie Art

41. Catch Des Moines

There is much to see and do in the Des Moines area. Here are some fun options:

  • Take in an Iowa Cubs game with four tickets as well as a four person tour and tasting at Summerset Winery.
  • Four general farmyard admission tickets to Center Grove Orchard and two burritos each Saturday from Farm Kids Burrito Stand at the Downtown Farmers Market.
  • Four brunch buffet certificates for Gilroy's along with two tickets to a Des Moines Community Playhouse performance.


Donated by Des Lux Hotel, Summerset Winery, the Des Moines Community Playhouse, Farm Kids Breakfast Burritos, Center Grove Orchard, Gilroy's, the Iowa Cubs & Catch Des Moines

53. Set for Comfort

LuLaRoe sells women's dresses, maxi skirts, pencil skirts, a-line skirts, sheath dresses, and they are all simply comfortable.

  • This package features their amazing leggings. Five different sizes of leggings and a $50 gift certificate to LuLaRoe Sarah Hildman.


Donated by LuLaRoe Sarah Hildman

74. This Wicker Works

A beautiful antique wicker sitting room set for your home.

  • The caned seats and dark stained wicker brings a feel of days gone by to your sun room.
  • The set includes a chair, loveseat and two rocking chairs in his and hers sizing. 

Donated by Victoria Veiock

82. Born to Ride

Rev up and ride out on a Harley with a 3-day rental of the motorcycle of your choice.

  • You'll get use of DOT approved helmets, HD rain gear, unlimited mileage, 24-hour assistance and a selection of recommended riding routes.
  • This covers the rental charge only. Driver must be 21 or older and possess a valid motorcycle license. Other restrictions may apply. Expires October 31, 2017.
  • Make the Grand Falls Casino Resort your destination with a weeknight stay and two lunch buffets.
  • A $25 Casey's gift card to fill the tank.


Donated by Big Barn Harley Davidson/Buell, Grand Falls Casino Resort & Casey's General Stores

98. American Gothic House

American Gothic House is an original digital canvas print of the interior of the American Gothic House.

  • The gallery wrapped image measures 16" x 40".


Donated by Jerry Ranch 

104. Gather Here

Accent your home with a new sign, pillow and metal bin.

  • The throw pillow features the state of Iowa and a white-washed wooden sign has an elegant "Gather" painted on it.
  • A $50 Brass Armadillo gift card can help add other accents to your décor.


Donated by The Shop of Kalona, 2 Crazy Redheads, the Brass Armadillo and Hodge Podge

107. Rock- a- Bye Baby

Your child will love rocking their baby to sleep in this soft yellow, handmade oak cradle.

  • The cradle has a covered mattress, baby doll quilt, blanket and pillow.
  • A Melissa & Doug pediatric nurse role play set features a jacket, baby, stethescope, thermometer and more. A quilted purse can serve as a medical tote.


Donated by Vicki Lage, Ben Franklin & Karen Brockelsby

#128. Spruce Up Your Truck

A small poly-chest will keep things from rolling around in the back of your truck. It measures 35" x 14" x 13".

  • Two pair of universal plastic mudflaps will help keep your truck cleaner.
  • Want to add something else, use a 10% discount coupon at DeeZee's Outlet store in Des Moines.


Donated by DeeZee

#142. Haul It

They are parked all around the barns and serve a valuable function but are also interesting wagons in their own right.

  • Take home a refurbished manure cart used at the Iowa State Fair. The box is new, with a fresh coat of red paint but the tires show the age of the carts.


Donated by the Iowa State Fair

#181. Good and Burnt

Burning wood is a simple method of creating a piece of art.

  • Locally made burnt wood items for your home.


Donated by Burnt Expressions

#206 Under Cover

This bright, colorful quilt features Iowa State Fair t-shirts.

  • The backing for the 43" x 57" lap quilt is a fun Holstein cow pattern with yellow accent stripes.


Donated by Sara Begley