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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Award-Winning Murals

August 5, 2022
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Located in the southwest section of the Iowa State Fairgrounds is a concrete block building that houses an electrical sub-station. The Blue Ribbon Foundation brought the mural idea and concepts to the Fair Board and submitted a grant request to the Meredith Corporation Foundation. Meredith had supported the Foundation in its infancy with in-kind advertisements but had never found a project that was truly the right fit to form a partnership.

When the mural concept was presented to the Meredith Corporation Foundation board, they easily approved it, providing 100% of the funding for the painting and design costs, $15,000. The Foundation covered costs for full artistic rights to the images and the application of a protective coating.

This small beautification project adds visual interest for all guests walking (or even driving) by during their visit to the Iowa State Fairgrounds and provides a backdrop for families to take their photos, year after year.

James entered the murals into the 64th Annual Design Exhibition by the Art Directors Association of Iowa (ADAI). Recently, he found out that the murals were selected for not one, not two, but three awards! Pictured below, you can see he won awards in Environmental Graphics, Illustration, and Miscellaneous categories.

Thank you again to the Meredith Corporation Foundation, Liz Lidgett Gallery and James Navarro for making the concept a reality. Make sure to add these murals to your 2022 Fair bucket list!

Check out the full awards book here:

Kitchen Merchandise Options!

August 3, 2022
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The Fair is getting closer and closer and we are gearing up to have everything ready for next Thursday! Our merchandise stands have so many items, it can be a bit overwhelming when trying to decide which items to pick to take home with you! While t-shirts, hats, and postcards may seem like the type of things a merchandise stand is sure to offer (and don’t worry – we do), the merchandise stands at the Iowa State Fair have much more to offer. Today I will highlight some items for your kitchen! Our kitchen merchandise offerings cover a wide variety of kitchen needs, from award winning sauces to mugs and cookbooks.

This year we will be offering two blue ribbon winning foods. A garden salsa created by Tasha Wells of Pleasant Hill, as well as R P’s BBQ Sauce, created by Russell Place in Norwalk. The BBQ Sauce won the 2017 competition “Mine is the Best BBQ Sauce” and the Salsa won the 2019 “Salsa Sensations Vegetable Salsa” competition.  A big thank you to Midwest Foods for bottling these for us, because of their donation all proceeds of these sauces go to the Blue Ribbon Foundation’s mission, not the preparation or bottling of the sauces.

        Alongside the foods, we also have a wide variety of drinkware for your kitchen. From mugs to silicon pint glasses, you can find your perfect cup to take home with you. We will be offering 3 new mugs this year, a camping style red mug, a black mug with a blue interior, and a black mug with a green interior. We will also be offering a new water bottle. The design shows one of the stunning murals that were added to the Fairgrounds last year! Another addition to our drinkware collection is our new Silipint glasses. These tie-dyed cups are made of silicon, and are certainly shatter proof. We have 2 16 oz. designs and one 22 oz. cup with a lid and straw.

        Another kitchen essential you can pick up at the Fair is the new Iowa State Fair Tea Towel. This towel features another one of the murals that were finished last year! This is a can’t miss item.

                Rounding out our kitchen merchandise is our cookbook selections! As many of you have probably heard, the Blue Ribbon Foundation is offering not 1, but 2 new cookbooks for the 2022 Iowa State Fair. It is a cookbook year! We are selling the 21st Edition Iowa State Fair Cookbook, which features recipes that placed 1st or 2nd in their competition in the 2021 Iowa State Fair, as well as a variety of Retro Recipes to fill in for 2020. Our second offering, Baking Blue Ribbons: Stories and Recipes from the Iowa State Fair Food Department, tells the history and story of the Iowa State Fair Food Department, starting all the way back at the first Fair in 1854. Be sure to check these books out!


- Laura Noehren, Business Relations Intern

2022 Iowan of the Day Recipients

August 1, 2022
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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


Kristin Swift - Bondurant 

Kristin has a passion for education in her community. She works tirelessly to help the students in her school district through her work as President and Treasurer of the Parent-Teacher organization. Kristin serves as the President of the Bondurant-Farrar Education Foundation as well as President and Treasurer of the Athletic and Fine Arts boosters. She actively serves on the finance, wellness, negotiation, student achievement and infrastructure committees on the Board of Education. Her work ethic is not only seen in the school community but shines through her volunteer tutor work at church, serving as soccer club treasurer and helping to bring foreign exchange students to Iowa as Chair of the American Field Services organization. Kristin is known as the “go-to person” in Bondurant and even takes time to work in concession stands for school events.


Deborah Whitaker - Keokuk

Deborah has a strong passion for helping veterans. Three of her sons served in the military and while one has fallen, she has found strength and passion in helping others. Deborah has a degree in horticulture and has created the organization Veggies for Vets. Veggies for Vets supplies garden seeds, plants and more so our veterans can have fresh, healthy food to grow on their own. Growing these plants is encouragement to give veterans a sense of accomplishment. Deborah wants to help veterans in any way she can and is even working on a documentary to showcase what is needed and how to help veterans through difficult times when they return home. Through her volunteer work with veterans and horticulture skills, Deborah was invited to decorate the Iowa State Capitol Christmas tree in 2018 and 2019 and a Christmas tree at the White House in 2018. Deborah has spent countless hours providing produce to veterans and will continue to support those that have served our country.

Barb Westercamp - Cedar Rapids

Barb’s motto is “See the good and be the good”, which is evident through her countless hours of volunteer work. With her degree in education, she has felt the need to help youth in her community by working to improve literacy for the disadvantaged. Barb has been the local coordinator and a national advocate for Reading is Fundamental for 15 years and has been a Reading is Fun volunteer coordinator for 10 years. Since 1970, she has annually donated money to purchase new books and school supplies for Cedar Rapids area students. Staff, parents and students are all grateful for Barb and her books. For years, Barb has been involved with the Iowa Character Counts program, organized the Veterans of Foreign Wars youth essay contest, assisted with scholarships for the American Legion, served as coach for National History Day and has coordinated a Civility Workshop. Her efforts even expand beyond Iowa where she helped establish a library in an orphanage in Kigali, Rwanda. Barb is a firm believer that all youth should have access to books and be able to improve their literacy. She has been a strong advocate for youth within her community and surrounding areas.

Doug Sienknecht - Gladbrook

Doug is a man who is willing to help anyone who asks and even those who don’t. As a retired farmer and employee of the Iowa Veterans Home, Doug has always found time to help those in his community. He is not only very active in his church serving as Board President, but he has also spent several years on the Buildings and Grounds Committee, helped organize Vacation Bible School and even led a group of young adults on a mission trip. Active in the Lincoln AMVETS and Auxiliary, Doug is also the Chairman of the Avenue of Flags Committee and enjoys being a member of the Gladbrook American Legion. He is a volunteer driver that gives veterans rides to doctor appointments. Doug and his son built a Free Little Library near his church so members of the community could enjoy it. Doug has also been spotted volunteering at the Iowa State Fair selling water!


Emerson Bendickson - Panora 

Three years ago, at age 6, Emerson Bendickson saw an opportunity to make a difference in her community. She noticed other students were not getting milk with their school lunch because extra milk wasn’t covered under the free/reduced meal plan. Emerson wanted to make a difference for the kids in her class and took it upon herself to raise money to provide extra milk for the rest of the school year. She collected pop cans and with the help of her parents, started a GoFundMe page. The Panora community supported Emerson’s project. She raised enough money to provide extra milk for the kids in need for not only the rest of the school year, but for the following school year as well. Emerson was nominated as Citizen of the Month and graciously donated the award’s prize money to the school’s extra milk fund. At this young age, Emerson has learned the value of giving back to those in her community.


Janet and Dave Ritchie - Knoxville

This hardworking duo has made a lasting impact on the individuals in their community. Janet has been a 4-H leader, member of the Daughters of Union Veterans, the Lions Club and Iowa State Rabbit Breeders Association. Dave is a Vietnam Veteran and member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3519 serving as the All-State Quarter Master. He has supported the county cemetery with mowing, maintenance and preservation. Janet and Dave are members of their church quilting group and have served on the Marion County Historical Society Board of Directors. They helped start Pioneer Days and continuously support the pancake breakfast in their community. Together, they are driven and devoted to each other and their community.


Kathy Jo Porter - Waterloo 

Passion is what drives Kathy Jo Porter to work endless hours. She had a vision to create an organization that would unite community members who owned (but were not currently using) items to help care for children and individuals in foster care or adoptive situations. In 2015, Kathy Jo launched Kaden’s Kloset and has worked tirelessly to get those individuals the items that they need. Those items include things like clothes, winter coats, shoes, books, toys, blankets, book bags, baby supplies, personal hygiene products, etc.She serves an average of 400+ children every year and even launched the Kaden’s Kloset Christmas Wonderland where each child in the Waterloo foster care system receives a pair of socks, underwear, pajamas, small gift, large gift, book, stocking, blanket and a stuffed animal. Kathy Jo’s nominator shares that she is the epitome of Iowa’s values and she demonstrates this daily through Kaden’s Kloset.


Bonnie Wood - Pocahontas 

Bonnie has been an un-daunting advocate for Pocahontas for decades. She isn’t afraid to step up, get involved and put her community first. As the retired business owner of Quilting on Main, she has devoted her time to other community projects and organizations including the Pocahontas Chamber of Commerce, Pocahontas Women’s Club, volunteering often at the Rialto Theatre and leading Main Street Stitchers. Bonnie saw an opportunity for enhancements to her community through the Elbert Park Improvement project, adding a new playground and trail to the town. Through her work, she has been described as a “catalyst volunteer” because of her positivity, organization and passion for the Pocahontas community.


Amy Ryan - Forest City 

Amy Ryan has dedicated her life to making a difference in her community. One of Amy’s biggest passions is her volunteer work as Race Director for the Tunnel to Towers Foundation where she has hosted and coordinated 5K remembrance runs/walks for firefighters/veterans. She has helped raise $75,000 for the Foundation. Amy has also helped put together Soldier Boxes, care packages for the military, every year. In addition, Amy has worked hard bringing Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to her community. She has a goal to raise enough money for every child in town to receive a free book to read each month. Amy has a strong passion for youth in the Forest City community. Amy was described as being dependable in her nomination and that is evident through her involvement on the app “Be My Eyes”. The app allows her to video chat and provide visual assistance to blind and low vision people.


Jeannine Liljedahl - Essex

The community members of Essex look up to Jeannine Liljedahl. She proves that she has generosity in her soul and makes a great impact on those around her. With a passion for food security and inclusivity, Jeannine has shown that through her kindness and assistance, the Essex community is a better place. For 20 years, she has volunteered to meet unmet food needs of people in the areas surrounding Essex through her work with the Community Food Pantry. She is also the co-founder and director of the Little Red Wagon where meals are delivered to homebound residents in Essex. She manages approximately 100 volunteers and serves up to 2,000 meals every year. 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.


Don’t forget to join us on the Anne & Bill Riley Stage at noon every day to recognize these outstanding Iowans! Congratulations!



- Brooklin Border, Public Relations Intern

Merchandise at the 2022 Iowa State Fair

July 29, 2022
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Merchandise is a great way to showcase what you love and for all of us, it’s the Iowa State Fair!

Merchandise will be available daily from 9 AM – 8 PM in these Iowa State Fair store locations:  Service Center, Varied Industries Building, Cattle Barn, Little Hands on the Farm, Agriculture Building and Museum.

What items will you add to your 2022 Iowa State Fair collection?

Pottery: Water Carafe

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 met 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.


Iowa State Fair Plaque: Chicks

Watching chicks hatch in the Paul R. Knapp Animal Learning Center has become a favorite pastime for many families. The Iowa State Fair also hosts poultry shows, ladies chicken calling contests and has provided demonstrations on giving your chicken a bath. This 7”x7” limited-edition wood plaque, created by Sticks, celebrates all “Iowa State Fair Peeps.”

Lapel Pin

Iowans have been showing cattle during the Iowa State Fair for more than 100 years. These long standing competitions have showcased Grand Champions in a variety of breeds! The John & Emily Putney Family Cattle Barn, home to the beloved competitions, is one of the most commanding structures on the Fairgrounds.


Thousands of Fairgoers from all over the Midwest camp during the Iowa State Fair. Whether it’s a vacation or a family reunion, camping is one of the best ways to enjoy the festivities of Iowa’s biggest annual celebration. Display this camper on your charm bracelet along with the 2022 “Find Your Fun!” logo charm.


Making his debut in 2002, Fairfield is the official Iowa State Fair mascot. As a celebrity on the Fairgrounds, he is a friendly face ready to greet Fairgoers and is never too busy to pose for a photo.

Isabel Bloom Sculpture

Exhibitors from across the state bring their finest birds to the Poultry Show. Add this custom chicken to your Isabel Bloom collection.

21st Edition Cookbook

Featuring award winning recipes from the 2021 Iowa State Fair (and a few retro recipes), the new cookbook will impress any wizard in the kitchen.

Baking Blue Ribbons

Highlighting the history, stories and recipes from the very first Fair in 1854 through 2021, the new book “Baking Blue Ribbons” showcases what it means to be part of the Iowa State Fair Food Department.


The 3rd annual Iowa State Fair T-Shirt Design Contest was a huge hit. Artists submitted their creative concepts, the top six shirts were promoted and the public voted for a winner! The winning design will be printed and sold during the Iowa State Fair.  

- Brooklin Border, Public Relations Intern

Bingo at the Fair!

July 27, 2022
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Mark your calendars for Wednesday August 17th for Bingo on the Grand Concourse with the Blue Ribbon Foundation! From 9 am to 7 pm, we will have a tent set up for rounds of bingo to be enjoyed by Fairgoers.

Each card is 1 dollar and the proceeds go to a great cause. 50% of the earnings from each game go to the Jackpot, and 50% go to supporting the Blue Ribbon Foundation’s mission of renovating and preserving the Fairgrounds! For example, if 100 people were to play in a round, the prize money would be 50 dollars, and the Blue Ribbon Foundation would raise 50 dollars for our projects.

Bingo will be called by local Des Moines and Iowa State Fair celebrities throughout the day, ranging from the newly crowned 2022 Iowa State Fair Queen, to WHO TV personality Calyn Thompson, to the Blue Ribbon Foundation’s very own executive director Peter Cownie!

                There is no pre-registration necessary. Just walk on over to the tent on the Grand Concourse Wednesday, August 17th from 9 AM to 7 PM and jump right in. Play one game, or stay for a few!

- Laura Noehren, Business Relations Intern

Volunteers Still Needed!

July 25, 2022
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The work of the Blue Ribbon Foundation is not possible without the countless volunteers that help during the Iowa State Fair. Hot Fair days call for a nice cold bottle of water, which is most likely being sold by one of these volunteers. Even if you have not bought a bottle of water on the Fairgrounds, you may have interacted with a Blue Ribbon Foundation volunteer as they also run the merchandise booths around the Fairgrounds, selling Fair-goers everything from T-shirts to mugs to charm bracelets.

We are looking for a few more volunteers to work a shift during the Fair! Each shift is 4 hours long, and will be either at a water stand or merchandise booth. These locations are spread out around the Fairgrounds, with spots everywhere from on the Grand Concourse to inside the Cattle Barn to outside Little Hands on the Farm. There are indoor positions and outdoor positions, no matter what you prefer you will be able to choose the perfect shift for you. Volunteer alone, or sign up with a friend! Many volunteers come back year after year, making many friends along the way.

In thanks for your time, you will receive complimentary parking and admission to the Fair for the day you volunteer, as well as a volunteer t-shirt you can wear during your shift. All of the sales made at these booths go directly to the renovation and preservation of the historic Iowa State Fairgrounds. The proceeds grow because of the gift of your time to the Fair. Without you, the Blue Ribbon Foundation would not be as successful as it is!

Spots are filling up quickly, so if you are interested in volunteering, make sure to sign up soon! You can sign up by clicking this link here. If you have any questions, reach out to Meg at (515) 262-3111 ext. 370 or

  • Kenna Smith, Donor Relations Intern

Hear from Peter Cownie, our Executive Director!

July 22, 2022
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Our executive director, Peter Cownie, joined Emily Abbas on the @Bankers Trust Community Difference Makers podcast to talk about the Foundation's mission to raise funds for capital improvements and infrastructure at the Fair and preserve memories families make at the Fair.


Listen to the episode here:

- Brooklin Border, Public Relations Intern

A Historical New Sculpture

July 21, 2022
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Famously known across the state, the Butter Cow is a sight to see at the Iowa State Fair. Visitors wait in line to admire the detailed sculpture hand-crafted each year. As someone who has lived in Des Moines his entire life, growing up only a few blocks from the Fairgrounds, BJ Baker is helping make this significant Iowa State Fair icon more permanent by honoring one of its long-standing creators.

The Butter Cow made its Iowa State Fair debut in 1911. Starting in 1960, Norma “Duffy” Lyon sculpted the Butter Cow for 46 years. As a talented artist, she also created a fiberglass cow-calf sculpture to represent Iowa’s dairy farming roots in 1991. On display in Toledo, Iowa, it was damaged in the derecho of 2020. Iowa State University recognized alumna Duffy’s incredible legacy and wanted to replicate her cow-calf sculpture to display on campus.

This new statue is cast in bronze to withstand weathering, ensuring it will be preserved for decades to come. With ISU’s casting mold, two additional bronze sculptures were created — one to replace the damaged statue in Toledo and one for the Iowa State Fair. BJ Baker, an Iowa State Fair enthusiast, graciously donated $50,000 to fund the project and bring the statue to the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

Placed yesterday morning, the sculpture, titled “Duffy’s Cow & Calf,” is displayed outside the Agriculture Building for all Fairgoers to enjoy. “I’ve lived in Des Moines all my life and I felt it was appropriate to support the Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation and be part of the Butter Cow legacy,” said BJ.   

BJ is the chairmen of Baker Group, a Des Moines based construction company that specializes in mechanical, electrical and plumbing contracting. As members of the Blue Ribbon Foundation’s 1854 Society, BJ and his wife, Tiffany, have been actively involved with the Foundation for over a decade and see the Iowa State Fair as an iconic event for all Iowans. As a regular Fairgoer, some of BJ’s favorite Fair foods he can’t leave without eating are gyros, guinea grinders and of course, corndogs.

You also can find him and Tiffany enjoying the free entertainment as they catch up with old friends. “It’s a reunion of all the people in your life,” said BJ. “Whether it’s from school, work or business — I find those people I’ve lost contact with and reconnect.” BJ strongly believes the Iowa State Fair is filled with traditions for many people, families, businesses and Iowa as a whole. “I know that any donation to the Blue Ribbon Foundation will be put to good use on new projects, attractions, renovations or an amazing Butter Cow sculpture,” said BJ.

Be sure to add “Duffy’s Cow & Calf” to your ‘must-see’ list at the Iowa State Fair to celebrate the Butter Cow and honor Duffy Lyon’s legacy.

Thank you, BJ Baker, for supporting the Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation.


Calling All Kitchen Lovers!

July 19, 2022
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Do you love to cook, bake or grill? If so, we have the perfect Iowa State Fair merchandise items for you! For the first time, the Blue Ribbon Foundation is offering not one, but two new cookbooks ahead of the 2022 Iowa State Fair! We are so excited to offer these books, and we hope you are equally as excited to read them and try their recipes! Here is a bit of a sneak peek into each book.

There has never been a comprehensive history of the Iowa State Fair Food Department. Until now. Kay Fenton Smith and Carol McGarvey set out to bring to life the sector of the Fair that means the most to them. Kay has competed in competitions for more than a decade, and Carol has been a judge for 36 years. They certainly know their way around the department! They describe their new book, Baking Blue Ribbons: Stories and Recipes from the Iowa State Fair Food Competitions as 3 books in one.

It is a history book, filled with the history of the Iowa State Fair and the Food department, dating all the way back to 1854 when the Fair began. The book is also a storybook, complete with stories of blue ribbon bakers and individuals who changed the scene of the Iowa State Fair Food Department.

Finally, the book is a cookbook, complete with recipes dating all the way back to the humble beginnings of competition and even recipes from as recent as last year. Even if you aren't a fan of the kitchen, this book will have something for you. This department touches all edges of the state, and this book aims to give a look inside of that success. All of the proceeds of this book go to the Iowa State Fair Food Department. Order Baking Blue Ribbons Online

The 21st Edition Iowa State Fair Cookbook brings you a wide variety of recipes from award winning cooks from all around the state. Offered every other year, the cookbook traditionally includes recipes that placed first or second in their respective categories in the past two years. However, with there not being a Fair in 2020, writers of the book had to get a bit creative. The result? An even more special cookbook for the 2022 Fair!

This cookbook features recipes from the 2021 Fair as well as a wide selection of Retro Recipes. The Retro Recipes are some absolute favorites from the Iowa State Fair. Complete with appetizers, entrees, desserts, pies, breads and more, the 21st Edition Iowa State Fair Cookbook has something for everyone inside. Proceeds from this book go to the renovation and preservation of the historic Iowa State Fairgrounds. Order the 21st Edition Cookbook Online

Be sure to place your order or check these books out at the Fair, August 11-21, at any of our merchandise booths located around the Fairgrounds. 


- Laura Noehren, Business Relations Intern

Brick by Brick, day by day, the Iowa State Fair draws nearer!

July 14, 2022
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With the Fair a short 27 days away, preparations are in full swing here on the Fairgrounds! With the Corndog Kickoff behind us, the attention shifts to setting up and preparing for the Fair. Yesterday was a key day in that process. We spent the day placing the new engraved bricks around the Fairgrounds! As one of our most popular programs, this was quite the task. From the Campgrounds to the Swine Barn, bricks were placed to honor loved ones, achievements, and celebrations. Yesterday we also got set up to place other recognitions around the Fairgrounds! The tree plaques are here and will be installed shortly, and the light post plaques are also ready to be installed.

There are many ways to honor your loved ones on the Fairgrounds. If you’d like to learn more about our giving programs check out our page dedicated to the programs! You’re sure to find one that suits your interests. We offer donation programs for many different budgets, as well as in many locations around the Fairgrounds, so you can find the perfect option for your family member, friend or loved one.

            Thank you to all who gave a donation for one of these programs this past year. We hope you are excited to see your brick, lamp post plaque, tree plaque, or any other type of recognition you may have selected at the Iowa State Fair this year!

- Laura Noehren, Business Relations Intern