Advocate for the Iowa State Fair

March 7, 2017

Governor Terry Branstad, per Iowa Code, is a member of the Iowa State Fair Board and has designated Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds as his representative. On February 15, both Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds attended the monthly meeting held on the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

The Iowa State Fair invited Governor Branstad to come to the meeting to thank him for his past support of the Iowa State Fair and service to the state of Iowa. The longest serving Governor in the history of the United States and recently appointed by President Trump as U.S. Ambassador to China, Branstad will be leaving the Governor’s office pending U.S. Senate confirmation.

The entire State Fair Board thanked Governor Branstad for his support of recent infrastructure projects including the Oman Family Youth Inn, the current 3-phase construction plan on the north side of the Fairgrounds and his efforts in changing the school start date. Simply put, he has been a tireless advocate for the Iowa State Fair and his actions speak for themselves.

John Harms, Iowa State Fair Board President, presented Governor Branstad with a custom pottery vase that the Blue Ribbon Foundation commissioned. Governor Branstad was very appreciate of the gift and said he would take it with him to China.  The Governor also vowed to come back to the Iowa State Fair while serving as Ambassador to China. The Board shared many fond memories and stories of the Fair with Governor Branstad and said they look forward to welcoming Ambassador Branstad back to the Iowa State Fair very soon.