2022 Iowan of the Day Recipients
The Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation and Cookies Food Products are proud to announce the recipients of the Iowan of the Day award for the 2022 Iowa State Fair.
The Iowan of the Day program was created by the Blue Ribbon Foundation in 1997 to honor those Iowans who have truly made a difference in their communities. Among dozens of nominations, the judges selected ten Iowans who have demonstrated exceptional integrity, Iowa pride, hard work, and dedication to their communities.
Each winner will have a special day of recognition at the 2022 Iowa State Fair. Each day at noon on the Anne and Bill Riley Stage they will be recognized and presented as an Iowan of the Day. Along with accommodations at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown, each will receive a cash prize, Grandstand and Iowa State Fair admission tickets, use of the Iowan of the Day golf cart, and VIP parking on the Fairgrounds.
The 2022 Iowan of the Day recipients are:
Kristin Swift of Bondurant – Thursday, August 11
Deborah Whitaker of Keokuk – Friday, August 12
Barb Westercamp of Cedar Rapids – Saturday, August 13
Doug Sienknecht of Gladbrook – Sunday, August 14
Emerson Bendickson of Panora – Monday, August 15
Janet & Dave Ritchie of Knoxville – Tuesday, August 16
Kathy Jo Porter of Waterloo – Wednesday, August 17
Bonnie Wood of Pocahontas – Thursday, August 18
Amy Ryan of Forest City – Friday, August 19
Jeannine Liljedahl of Essex – Saturday, August 20
Jeannine also assists her community by serving as a board member for Southview Village for low rent housing, is an active Foundation member and gift shop volunteer at the Shenandoah Medical Center, and is a part of numerous local organizations including PEO (a women’s scholarship organization), the Shenandoah Book Club and the Essex Study and Service Club. Jeannine’s list of involvement goes on and her community feels blessed by her perseverance and work.