Did you see THAT during the Iowa State Fair?

October 6, 2021
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There is so much to see and do at the Iowa State Fair. With a million people gathering on the 445 acres of the Fairgrounds and only 11 days to explore your favorite activities and new attractions, the Blue Ribbon Foundation knows it can be hard to see it all. 

Reichardt Family Giant Slide: 
Did you take a ride down the Reichardt Family Giant Slide in its new location north of the FFA Buildings?  This year the slide celebrated 50 years of making people “whoop” with enjoyment!  The slide itself was repainted and placed on an all-new structure. The Blue Ribbon Foundation staff took a ride!


Bruce Rastetter 4-H Exhibits Building:  
Did you see the beautiful interior of the renovated 4-H Building? Yes, the renovation of the building was completed in 2020 but the space was finally filled with one of the most important aspects of the Iowa State Fair – the youth! 4-Her’s displayed projects and gave presentations in the new classrooms.

The Blue Ribbon Foundation’s newest giving program, the Spirit of Generosity, was also on full display in the west atrium. It’s the perfect way to support future Fairgrounds improvements and showcase your name in a unique piece of art.


Four Interns: 
Did you see four interns running around like crazy? Ha! Maybe the first few days of the Fair were crazy for these ladies but they did an amazing job. You could have seen an intern checking in volunteers, restocking merchandise or introducing an Iowan of the Day winner.

Each intern is a true member of the Blue Ribbon Foundation team, having significant responsibility for integral Foundation programs and making sure committed donors have a strong and lasting relationship with the Iowa State Fair. The Blue Ribbon Foundation is looking for the next set of interns. Check out the 2022 internship information on our website. 


For now, we’ll keep reminiscing about the amazing things and people we saw during the 2021 Iowa State Fair. Thank you for supporting the Blue Ribbon Foundation. You can soon be on the lookout for improvements coming to the Fairgrounds for 2022.