Blue Ribbon Blog

Welcome to the Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation’s blog!

We are a non-profit organization with a mission to raise funds for the renovation and preservation of the historic Iowa State Fairgrounds. Since our inception in 1993, the Foundation has raised more than $200 million through individual contributions, state appropriations, in-kind services, and corporate, federal and state grants.

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Upcoming Events!

April 27, 2023
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Back in the office again, finishing out another semester at Iowa State and summer is slowly but surely making its way to us! We have some important dates and events coming up and I wanted to remind you to keep you all in the loop and make sure you don't miss a beat! 

First things first, if you are interested in competing in our T-Shirt Design Contest, the deadline for submissions is next Monday, May 1st. Make sure to get those in for a chance to showcase your creativity at this year’s Fair! How awesome would it be to see your own design all around the fairgrounds?

If you’re looking to be involved in this year’s fair in a different way, you may consider Volunteering. We greatly appreciate our volunteers and would love to have you! Sign up starts Tuesday, June 1st. 

One of our favorite programs for recognition is getting closer by the day. If you know someone who goes above and beyond in their Iowa community, nominate them! Iowan of the Day nominations are due Saturday, July 1st and are considered for 3 years after submission.

Alongside the fair, one of our biggest events is happening Saturday, July 8th. Mark your calendars for the annual Corndog Kickoff Benefit Auction. Doors open at 6:30 pm for this fun filled event. You’ll be sure to get your fill of fair food with the Fair Food Grazing Party and find an auction item (or a few) you love!

If it’s not already, make sure the Iowa State Fair is marked, highlighted, underlined or all of the above on your calendar! Don’t miss unarguably the BEST 11 days of the summer, August 10-20th. Preparation is in full swing and we can’t wait to see all your smiling faces again this year. Counting down the days!

Another way you can help support our Foundation is to consider bidding on items at the annual Woodcarvers’ Auction. This event takes place the last day of the fair, Sunday August 20th.

If you enjoy being on the grounds in general like I do, you will appreciate some of the other events taking place here during the summer. Let it be known that while the Fair is our biggest occupant and event on the grounds, buildings are used year round and many other great events take place. Some of these events include Flea Markets, Polk County Fair, Junior Swine Show, and many others. Others event dates can be found here:

We hope that at least one of our events will be included in your summer plans if not many more. We are doing our best to plan and facilitate and cannot wait to see our ideas come to life. As always we appreciate your support and contributions to the Foundation. It certainly doesn’t go unnoticed!

-Macy Loecke, Public Relations Intern

SkyGlider At Sunset During the 2022 ISF. Volunteers from the 2022 ISF helping to sell merchandise. 2022 IOTD Program.

Calling all local bakers!

April 24, 2023
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One of the best summer events, besides the Fair of course, is approaching in just a short couple of months. Can you guess what it is? If you said the Corndog Kickoff, then you are correct! This event is coming around the corner, and so much planning is going on currently to make the event a success. I am so excited to be able to attend my first Corndog Kickoff event this summer!

Each year there is an outstanding live and silent auction at the event with many unique items ranging from event tickets, dream vacations, artwork, décor, and so much more! However, something sweet has been missing from this awesome set of items…baked goods! This year the Foundation wants to add some sweet treats to the lineup.

We are looking for 25 local, homemade bakers who love to bake and want to show their support to the Fair and be featured in this year’s Corndog Kickoff auction. These items can range from cookies to brownies to pies or any sweet creation you want to make. If you are interested in donating a baked good to the Corndog Kickoff auction, please contact me, Faith, at or call (515) 262-3111 Ext. 379.

- Faith Kuehl, Business Relations Intern

Concrete Statue Contest

April 20, 2023
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 April 20, 2023 

It's been a rainy morning here in Des Moines and the Fair and sunshine are on my mind. Although it seems far away, luckily, we are another day closer to the best 11 days of the year! There is still plenty to do and I'm sure the time will fly by. Finals are approaching and soon all of the interns will be together! 

Each year the Fair brings new and old traditions. One of our favorites here at the Blue Ribbon Foundation is the Concrete Statue Contest. This contest promotes creativity and orginality. Individuals, clubs and companies are encouraged to participate. A new statue design is presented every year and contestants with the best proposal for the design are selected by judges based off of a sketch on their applications. This year's design is a tractor statue. It weighs nearly 150 pounds and is solely concrete. Previous statues over the years have included a barn, a camper, a pig and many other designs. 

Since 2015, the Blue Ribbon Foundation has been partnering with Sticks, an art gallery in Des Moines, to create a fun and unique statue painted by some of areas' most talented artists. We have been fortunate to keep this tradition going with Sticks, and are excited to partner with them again this year. It is always so fun to see what creative ideas they have and to watch them come to life on our statue. 

Statues from the contest will be displayed all throughout the Fairgrounds in different places. Keep an eye out for the tractor statues and see how many you can find! While contestants are welcome to take theirs home after the Fair, you will find ours being auctioned off in the annual Woodcarvers' Auction. This takes place the last Sunday of the Fair. Mark your calendars for this year's, Sunday August 20th. The auction will be held in the John and Emily Putney Cattle Barn's Penningroth Media Center at 3:30 PM. 

As we start to round out another fun and busy week here, I can't help but anticipate the upcoming summer and Fair. So many exciting things are underway and I can't wait to show you more of the things we have been working on. Make sure to keep up with our blogs and remember, one day closer! 

Macy Loecke, Public Relations Intern 

Check out this year's statue and some past statues: 


Design the 2023 Iowa State Fair T-Shirt today!

April 19, 2023
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Are you or do you know someone who has what it takes to create the 2023 Iowa State Fair T-shirt? The Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation is once again sponsoring a T-shirt contest where one lucky winner will be able to showcase their design in the official Iowa State Fair Store. Everyone is welcome to enter an original design that shows the artist's creative skills and captures the Fair's essence.

With the summer months approaching quickly, that also means the deadline for this contest is approaching as designs are DUE MAY 1! If you want to enter your design into this year's contest, all you have to do is send us your design. Once all designs have been received, each will be sent to a selection committee that will choose the top five designs. These five designs will then be posted to the Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation's Facebook for the public to vote for the winner, which will be announced on May 16!

Now not only will the first-place winner get their design sold in the official Iowa State Fair store, but the top three winners will receive a special Iowa State Fair prize; these prizes include the following:

1st Place

  • Your T-shirt design is produced to sell at the Iowa State Fair 
  • 2 T-shirts, 2 gate admission tickets, 2 Fair Value Packs, 2 tickets to the Grandstand concert of your choice, $50 in food coupons and parking for a select day at the Fair

2nd Place

  • 2 gate admission tickets, $25 in food coupons and parking for a select day at the Fair

3rd Place

  • 2 gate admission tickets and $25 in food coupons

This contest is an awesome opportunity to get your creativity on display for possibly all Fairgoers to see and support the Fair, as all of the funds from each t-shirt sale will go towards renovation projects to improve our historic Fairgrounds. If you are interested in entering a design, read more about the guidelines and rules to ensure your design will be eligible. Make sure to submit your design by May 1! Below is the winning design from last year!

You can send your designs to or by mail to the following address:

                Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation
                PO Box 57130
                Des Moines, IA 50317

If you have any questions, please email or call (515) 262-3111 Ext 371.

Recognizing outstanding Iowans

April 13, 2023
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April 13, 2023 

It has been a few weeks now since I have started with the foundation and I have been loving it so far! One of my big responsibilities is to coordinate the "Iowan of the Day" program at the fair. 

The "Iowan of the Day" program annually recognizes 10 oustanding Iowans at the Iowa State Fair. Winners are typically nominated by family, friends or members of their community that believe they go above and beyond and deserve recognition for their dedication to their communities based on service or something great they're doing to better their community.

Winners of the program will be granted some awesome prizes from the foundation such as 4 fair admission tickets along with VIP parking, introduction and recognition on the Anne and Bill Riley Stage, 4 tickets to the grandstand act of the night, $200 cash (perfect to try some of our favorite fair foods), use of the golf cart for the day and if that wasn't enough, a comfy stay at the Marriott Downtown Des Moines after the long (but very fun) day at the fair. Our goal is to treat our winners as royalty! 

If this made you think of someone that deserves recognition, don't hesitate to nominate them! Your nominaion will be considered for 3 years after submission and nominations are due July 1st of this year. Nomination forms can be found here on our website under events, "Iowan of the Day" and can be downloaded and filled with the nominees' information. Any questions can be directed to me, Macy, my email is: and I would be happy to help! 

Our winners from last year include: Kristin Swift-Bondurant, Deborah Whitaker-Keokuk, Barb Westercamp-Cedar Rapids, Doug Sienknecht-Gladbrook, Emerson Bendickson-Panora, Janet and Dave Ritchie-Knoxville, Kathy Jo Porter-Waterloo, Bonnie Wood-Pocahontas, Amy Ryan-Forest City and Jeannine Lilijedahl from Essex. You can read more about each of these oustanding Iowans and their stories under "2022 Winners" in the Iowan of the Day section here on our website. If you don't already, maybe next year you will recognize some of the names of our winners...happy nominating! 

-Macy Loecke, Public Relations Intern







Only 125 More Days!

April 7, 2023
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The countdown is officially on to the best time of the year…the Iowa State Fair! We are just 125 days out from the first official day of the 2023 Iowa State Fair. I could not be any more excited than I am for this awesome event to start! In honor of the 125 days mark, here are 25 things you can participate in with the Blue Ribbon Foundation in preparation for and at the Fair this year!

  1. Save the Date for the Corndog Kickoff

The Corndog Kickoff is one of the Foundation's biggest fundraising events and is a great way to get involved in preparation for the Fair to get that first taste of all the excitement leading up to the Fair. You can participate in the benefit auction, Fair Food Grazing Party, and a fun night at the Fair. The Corndog Kickoff is set to take place on July 8, in the Varied Industries Building on the Iowa State Fairgrounds, with doors opening at 6:30 pm!

  1. Become a Patron for the Corndog Kickoff

In addition to the great Corndog Kickoff event, you can become an official Kickoff Patron. As a patron, you can choose from seven patron levels to donate and choose the benefits you would like to receive. With this donation, you will receive admission tickets and recognition in the event publicity material. If you want to start the Fair excitement early, consider becoming a patron today!

  1. Stop and See the Pioneer Hall Renovations

Renovations are a key attribute of the Foundation's mission, and many renovations have been in progress for the 2023 Iowa State Fair. One of the projects has been updating the exterior of Pioneer Hall. The repairs have finished for each of the sides of the building, and the project will be wrapping up with rebuilding the main doors. Make sure to stop and see the updates at the Fair this year!

  1. Donate Auction Items to the Corndog Kickoff Benefit Auction

Each year, the Benefit Auction features many magnificent packages of assorted items that include artwork, event tickets, weekend getaways, and so much more. You today can donate an item from your business, home, career, or personal life that would promote your item as well as go towards supporting the Fairgrounds renovation projects

  1. Sit and Sip While Checking out the Renovations of the Fairview Tap

The Fairview Tap is a popular spot for Fairgoers to sip on a wide selection of beers and wine while sitting on top of the hill. This area will receive renovation to expand its patio to provide more outside seating to take advantage of the amazing scenery and space. Sit and sip while you check out these renovations.

  1. Dining Delights at the Corndog Kickoff

Dining Delights is an activity that takes place at the Corndog Kickoff each year, which highlights restaurants all across the state of Iowa! Do you have a favorite restaurant that you think should be featured at this event? You can donate a gift certificate from your favorite restaurant today!

  1. Buy Tickets to the Corndog Kickoff

Do you want to attend a pre-Fair event to start the excitement of the 2023 Iowa State Fair? If so, you can buy tickets to the Corndog Kickoff for $100 each, but you better get your tickets fast, as on July 1, they will increase to $125. You can purchase these tickets online or at the doors the night of the event!

  1. Nominate Someone For Iowan of the Day

Do you know someone who demonstrates a strong work ethic, loyalty, dependability, and passion for bettering their community? The Foundation is seeking nominations for 'Iowan of the Day' to individuals who showcase their greatness in Iowa through volunteering, community involvement, and bettering the environment around them. Make sure to get your nominations in, as they are due July 1!

  1. Volunteer at the Iowa State Fair with the Blue Ribbon Foundation

To make the Iowa State Fair a success, the Foundation needs volunteers to help make sure everything runs smoothly. As a volunteer, you are a key part of the success the Fair and Foundation see each year. Volunteers will help run merchandise booths and water sales during the Fair at the Foundation's many stands. Learn how you can become a volunteer during the Fair at We can't do any of this without you!

  1. Check out the T.A.G. Team Renovation

The 2023 T.A.G. Team has been filled and is working hard to make renovations for the 2023 Iowa State Fair. For 2023 the money raised will be used to renovate the Agriculture Building's north and east exterior doors. Thank you to these donors for making this renovation project come to life; this could not have happened without you!

  1. Check out the Renovations of the Elwell Family Park

Another renovation you can check out at the Fair this year is the Elwell Family Park. This park is in the third stage of its multi-phase project, which entails adding permanent restroom facilities. The restrooms will be a great addition to the Fairgoers watching all the events in the park.

  1. Volunteer with Blue Ribbon Foundation During the Spring

Are you an avid gardener and want to show off your skills for every Fairgoer to see? If so, volunteer to help the Fair's grounds crew tidy up all things landscaping to prepare the Fairgrounds for the busy summer! You contact to receive dates, options, and details.

  1. Enter a Design in the 2023 T-shirt Design Contest

The Blue Ribbon Foundation is sponsoring a T-shirt design contest for one lucky winner to showcase their creative design that captures the essence of the Fair at the 2023 Iowa State Fair. The winning design will be for sale in the official Iowa State Fair store. Send your designs in by May 1 to or by mail to the following address:

Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation
P.O. Box 57130
Des Moines, IA 50317

  1. Mark your Calendars for the Iowan of the Day Presentation

Every day during the Fair at noon, the Iowan of the Day will be introduced on the Anne and Billy Riley Stage. Each individual has showcased outstanding characteristics that have helped them better their communities and showcase the greatness of Iowa.

  1. Volunteer at the Corndog Kickoff 

The Corndog Kickoff event is a major event that needs all hands on deck to be successful. If you want to experience the pre-Fair excitement, volunteer today to be an essential part of the Corndog Kickoff. If you want to be a volunteer for this event, call 515-262-3111 Ext. 370 or email

  1. Save the Date for the Woodcarvers' Auction

The annual Woodcarvers' Auction will occur on Sunday, August 20, at 3:30 pm in the Penningroth Media Center in the John and Emily Putney Cattle Barn. There will also be an online auction consisting of different items than the live in-person auction that will open at 10 am Saturday, August 19, and close at 5 pm on Sunday, August 20.

  1. All Things Merchandise 

The Blue Ribbon Foundation has many items for sale on can purchase to showcase their love for the Fair. These include apparel, jewelry, books, hats, collectibles, and more. At the Fair, there are various booths throughout the grounds where one can shop and purchase items. You can also purchase items today online at  

  1. Back the Barns Fundraising Campaign

The Iowa State Fair livestock barns as a whole will undergo a major $25 million renovation starting this spring. Each structure will have dedicated restorations in areas that are vitally needed such as roofing, flooring, electrical, restrooms and tuck-pointing. The 'Back the Barns' campaign was created for anyone passionate about youth in agriculture to support the renovation project. If you would like to become a member and donate to the ‘Back the Barns’ campaign, you can donate online at, or call the Foundation's office at (515) 262-3111 Ext. 371.

  1. Join the 2024 T.A.G. Team

Are you wanting to be a part of a team that has a sole helping hand in renovation and bettering the Iowa State Fair fairgrounds? Then you should consider joining the 2024 T.A.G. Team to help keep the fairground up to date and functioning safely and effectively. If you wish to join, please contact the Foundation's office at 515-262-3111 Ext. 371 or check online at periodically throughout the coming year.

  1. Cooking with the Fair

Are you an avid baker and Fair food lover? What better way to combine the two than with an Iowa State Fair cookbook? The Blue Ribbon Foundation offers many different edition cookbooks featuring ribbon-winning recipes for different years. The Baking Blue Ribbons cookbook also highlights the history, stories, and recipes from the first Fair in 1854 to the 2021 Fair! You can check out and purchase all these items by ordering online at or calling the Foundation's office at (515) 262-3111 Ext. 371.

  1. Keep up with the Foundation's Blog

Through the Foundation's website, you can keep up with the blog to stay updated on what is happening at the Foundation and the preparation going into the 2023 Iowa State Fair. There are reminders, highlights, and updates from the 2023 Foundation interns. You can stay up to date with them each week through the blog.  

  1. Catch up with the Foundation in the Monthly ENews

Each month, an electronic newsletter is sent out that highlights events, updates, reminders, projects, and so much more. If you would like to keep up with the Foundation each month by receiving these newsletters, you can sign up by emailing your email address to

  1. Make Sure to Check the Renovation of the Public Safety Building

Safety is a huge aspect of the Iowa State Fair and the Blue Ribbon Foundation, so ensuring all aspects are up to date is super important. The public safety building is being updated to ensure the facility is up to the high standards of the Iowa State Fair Police Department. At this year's Fair, you can check out the new two-story addition.

  1. Look for Ways to Give for the 2024 Iowa State Fair

Are you looking for a way to give to the 2024 Iowa State Fair? You are in luck because the Blue Ribbon Foundation offers many ways for you to give to the Fair. These gifts could be through buying and engraving a brick on the fairgrounds, donating to the many fundraising campaigns and events the Foundation holds, buying a tree on the grounds, and so much more. If you want to learn more about how to give through the Foundation, you can go to, call the Foundation's office at 515-262-3111 Ext. 371, or stop by the Foundation's office at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

  1. Keep up with the 2023 Foundation Interns

The 2023 Blue Ribbon Foundation Interns are all hard at work preparing for the Fair. Regan, Macy, and Faith all have different tasks they are working hard on to help prepare for the upcoming Fair. Check out their introduction blog posts to learn more about them! Leading up to and during the Fair, you can keep up with them through the Foundation's Blog and see them at the Fair this year!

Now that is a lot of things you can do in preparation for and at the Fair with the Blue Ribbon Foundation! Through all of these events, projects, and activities, none of this would be able to happen without our amazing supporters, donors, volunteers, fairgoers, and so many more. We want to truly thank each and every one of you for making this all happen and having a successful Fair each year! We cannot wait to see what the 2023 State Fair has in store!

- Faith Kuehl, Business Relations Intern

Spring is Here!

March 27, 2023
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Woah, time has been flying by, and spring is finally here! These past few weeks have been so much fun at the Foundation and getting started on projects and preparation for the Fair. I have been able to start on many projects and responsibilities that I will be handling throughout the spring, summer, and Fair; one being merchandise.

The Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation has a variety of merchandise ranging from apparel, books, games, keepsakes, and so much more! Through this internship, I will be helping assist with all things merchandise, which can be seen through packaging and shipping orders, creating and updating a merchandise manual for volunteers, organizing the new 2023 merchandise coming in for the Fair, and many more tasks. This responsibility has been so much fun, and I cannot wait for all the new merchandise to come!

Merchandise is great to have as a way to have part of the Fair with you all year round, and they make great gifts for everyone! Speaking of great gifts, wouldn’t it be so cool to have a surprise in your Easter baskets this year with something special from the Iowa State Fair? There are many items the Foundation offers that would be fantastic to add to an Easter basket this year to bring a smile to your children’s, grandchildren’s, sibling’s, niece’s, or nephew’s faces and start the excitement early for the Fair. Some fan favorites with the kids are the famous butter cow stuffed animal, Fairfield & Friends: Ribbon Quest children’s book, the Go Fish playing cards, the ‘It’s a Fair’ board game, and chocolate chip cookie and butter cow socks. You can check out and purchase all these items by ordering online at, calling the Foundation’s office at (515) 262-3111 Ext. 371, or stopping by the office. We are located on the Iowa State Fairgrounds in the Earth Home (under the wind turbine, by the Cultural Center and Fun Forest). We are open Monday – Friday from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Taking on this responsibility has taught me so much and has been a great opportunity to tackle it. I hope you get to enjoy some of these fantastic merchandise items. Who knows, maybe you will have a special surprise in your Easter basket this year!

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- Faith Kuehl, Business Relations Intern 

Meet the 2023 Public Relations Intern: Macy Loecke

March 21, 2023
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Hello, my name is Macy Loecke and I am the Foundation's 2023 Public Relations Intern! I am thrilled to get to work and see the fair from a diferent aspect. Most of all, I am excited to meet and interact with some awesome Iowans and fair-goers. Currently, I am a senior at Iowa State University where I am majoring in Agricultural Communications and minoring in Public Relations. I will be graduating next December and following graduation I plan to obtain a career related to Agricultural Marketing and Communications. I am happy to be a part of such a great team, and hope to gain lots of valuable skills! 

Throughout my time at Iowa State, I have been involved in various clubs and organizations such as Collegiate 4H, Block and Bridle, the Agricultural Business Club and PAS. These organizations have helped me to meet some wondeful people and build many great connections as well as my professional portfolio. In my free time, you can find me hanging out with my family or animals as I am a big animal lover. 

I grew up in Northeastern Iowa and graduated from West Delaware in Manchester, Iowa. I was involved in track, cross country, golf and student council. I was also involved in 4H, FFA and county council where I discovered my passion for agriculture through exhibiting beef and swine at the county and state fair. I have been lucky enough to attend the fair every year since I was a little girl and it holds many special memories. I am so happy to be back and hope to give back to an organization that gave so much to me! 

Jumping Right In!

March 20, 2023
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What a week it has been! With only a week here so far, I have jumped right into many projects regarding all things Fair! Being an avid Fairgoer, I thought I knew so much about the Fair already, but I was completely wrong! I knew all about the food, exhibits, and attractions, but not all of the hard work put in behind the scenes!

So far, I have jumped into projects from writing blog posts, creating magazine advertisements, and obtaining so much information about my position, the Foundation, and the Fair overall. It has been so much fun getting to know everyone and learning more about the Fair!

Currently, I am working on creating a magazine advertisement for the “Back the Barns” fundraising campaign that will be published in an issue of the Livestock Plus Inc. The Iowa State Fair livestock barns as a whole will undergo a major $25 million renovation starting this spring. This new fundraising campaign will support the project. Each structure will have dedicated restorations in areas that are vitally needed such as roofing, flooring, electrical, restrooms and tuckpointing. I have been able to gain a great understanding of this fundraising campaign while also being able to be creative in making the advertisement. Being able to gain new skills and strengthen the ones I possess has been a great experience so far!

I am grateful to be helping out with the campaign because I was a youth in agriculture who found their love for the industry by showing livestock at the Iowa State Fair. This campaign resonates close to my heart, and I am so glad to have the opportunity to advocate for helping youth in agriculture. The “Back the Barns” campaign is great as it pushes towards helping the youth in agriculture and the Fair. If you would like to become a member and donate to the “Back the Barns” campaign, you can donate online at or call the Foundation’s office at (515) 262-3111 Ext. 371. 

The past week has been so much fun getting to dive into the start of this internship! I am so excited to get started on more projects and preparation for the Fair! I cannot wait to see what the rest of the spring and summer hold!

- Faith Kuehl, Business Relations Intern

Meet the 2023 Donor Relations Intern: Regan Freland

March 17, 2023
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Hello! My name is Regan Freland and I am the 2023 Donor Relations Intern for the Foundation this summer! I cannot begin to describe how excited I am to get started and be able to take part in the Fair from a different perspective. The Iowa State Fair has always held a special place in my heart. I grew up showing dairy cattle here at the Fair. My family and our cattle were also a part of Boulevard of Dairy Breeds. Since then, I have stayed active at the Fair by coordinating volunteers and helping run the Little Hands on the Farm exhibit. You can also find me in the cattle barn working night line for families; staying up all night long tending to the cattle’s needs.

 I graduated high school from PCM, Monroe where I was active in basketball, softball, track, FRC SHY, National Honor Society, Student Government, FFA, FCA, and Big Student Little Student. I am now currently a junior at Iowa State University, but I am planning to graduate in December! I am majoring in communications with a focus in marketing and public relations. On campus, I am a part of the communications studies club. I also work part time at American Eagle as a brand ambassador. Before transferring to ISU to focus on my studies, I was a member of the Simpson College women’s basketball and track team. This past summer, I was honored with the opportunity to play on the D3 Team USA basketball team where I competed in Brazil. 

 I am excited for this opportunity to help plan and organize the events that make the Fair possible. I am also grateful for the opportunity to learn and gain skills along the way. Most of all, I am looking forward to all of the wonderful people I will get to meet and make a connection with. Throughout the summer, I will keep you updated on the latest news here at the Blue Ribbon Foundation!