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Exciting Additions to the 2022 Iowa State Fair Merchandise Lineup!

June 22, 2022
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Are you a Fair merchandise collector? Looking for a gift for a fellow Fair lover? We have something special for you! The 2022 Iowa State Fair pottery and plaques are now available to order.


The Blue Ribbon Foundation is excited to partner with Central Academy Potters of the Des Moines Public Schools to produce the 27th piece in the Iowa State Fair’s pottery series. These students designed the unique piece with the cobalt blue embellishments and creamy clay body and an updated embossed “Iowa State Fair” stamp.

The design at the base of the vessel has 3 variations in floral and geometric patterns. The carafe stands 9” tall and 4” wide with a pouring rim and slim neck for a comfortable hold. Each was hand thrown by a team of 9 high school students. They have been meeting every Sunday for 6 hours this spring and summer creating the pieces! These students not only perfected their pottery throwing but also learned key business skills in producing and selling their artwork.