Next Generation of Farmers, Innovators & Leaders
Iowans across the state can cultivate a vibrant future by investing in today's youth. The Iowa State Fair is dedicated to investing in the next generation of farmers, innovators and leaders. This dedication is reflected in our annual August celebration of Iowa’s agricultural heritage, industrial advancements and offering opportunities for individual growth. The Blue Ribbon Foundation works throughout the year to raise funds for the restoration and preservation of the historic Iowa State Fairgrounds to provide top notch facilities.
From the first renovation of Grandfather’s Barn and construction of the Service Center, one by one, barns and buildings across the Fairgrounds have been improved. With unseen electrical updates, simple restroom improvements, or construction of the state-of-the-art Richard O. Jacobson Exhibition Center, the Blue Ribbon Foundation strives to provide an environment to enhance the Iowa State Fair’s goal to further education, offer entertainment and competition for all ages. The upcoming three phase construction plan for the north side of the Fairgrounds will create a family friendly environment for the midway and later will include Grandstand updates and a separate events area.
Participating in the Corndog Checkoff is a simple way Iowans can support the Blue Ribbon Foundation’s efforts. The Foundation is determined to maintain and grow the beautiful Iowa State Fairgrounds. We thank you for your loyalty to our great Iowa State Fair.