Corndog Kickoff Benefit Auction

Each year, the Corndog Kickoff Benefit Auction features incredible packages of Iowa and State Fair-themed items, including weekend getaways, artwork, home decor, event tickets, local fare and much more. 

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Please consider making a donation to the Corndog Kickoff Auction to help support Fairgrounds renovation projects. Donating an auction package consisting of your product or service is an excellent way to promote your company, as it will be seen - and bid on - by nearly 2,000 attendees.
Benefits for auction donors include complimentary tickets to the Corndog Kickoff (number of tickets based on value of donation) and publicity in event materials.
If you are interested in donating an auction item to the 2017 Kickoff, please fill out and return the donation form for inclusion in our printed materials.  If you have further questions about donating an auction item, please contact Robin.

1. Flying High

Have your own Sky Glider chair.

  • This bright red one used to hang on the east Sky Glider ride.

Donated by Sky Fair and the Iowa State Fair

Sky Glider


2. Paint the Fair

This is your chance to host a social painting class at the Iowa State Fair.

  • Up to ten people will meet near Grandfather's Barn to paint a Fair picture on Thursday, August 18.
  • Your class starts at 9:00 a.m. and will be on the patio of Top of the Vine, overlooking the Fair with a beautiful view of the State Capitol.
  • As an added treat, Top of the Vine will provide 20 drink tickets. They feature Iowa wines, beers and sodas.
  • Gate admission for ten.

Donated by Messy Missy's, Top of the Vine and the Blue Ribbon Foundation


3. Explore Iowa

Head for the great outdoors in comfort in this 24' Class C motorhome for one week.

  • 500 miles are included and the use is valid between 8/31/16 to 1/1/17 and subject to availability.
  • Casey's is the place to go. Fill up your tank with a $200 gift card and enjoy a fresh pizza with two coupons.
  • Discover areas of Iowa to explore with the book Iowa: Picture Perfect View of Its Beauty & Bounty. Plus, a great restaurant listing is found in the Ma & Pa Restaurant Directory.
  • An Iowa State Fair pillow.

Donated by Ed Garner's Autorama RV Center, Inc., Casey's General Stores, Our Iowa and Karen Brockelsby

24' Class C Motorhome


4. Jack and Jill

This vibrant quilt was made using the Jack and Jill pattern.

  • Long-arm quilted, this piece of art is perfect for a queen-sized bed as it is 86" x 95" and comes with matching pillow cases.
  • While only a decade into her quilting career, Ginny has already won Judges' Choice and Best of Show awards in an American Quilters Society certified show.

Donated by Ginny Freyermuth


5. Functional Art

John Schwartzkopf of Cedar Rapids built this table with a narrow, but taller center support, holding a shorter, cantilevered top.

  • The top is locally cut Walnut, with Oak and Canary wood in the base.

Donated by Schwartzkopf Fine Woodworking


6. Deer Season

Here's an opportunity to have an out-of-state hunting buddy join you during deer season.

  • One out-of-state deer tag good for the 2016-17 or 2017-18 hunting seasons; shotgun, bow or muzzle loading.
  • This special deer license consists of one any sex deer license and one antlerless only deer license and tag.
  • Funds from the tag will be used for conservation improvements on the Fairgrounds.

Donated by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources


7. It's All About the Bass

See Meghan Trainor in concert on August 12. Your seats are in the front row.

  • Four tickets in the stage seating area, Section BB, row 1, seats 1-4.
  • Backstage passes to see Meghan are included.
  • Gate admission for four and a parking pass.

Donated by the Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation


8. Fresh-Baked Pie

Enjoy a fresh, homemade pie made by a prize-winning baker.

Donated by Elysa Koss


9. It's a Classic

The classic CocaCola cursive logo graces this sign

  • The panel once resided on the Iowa State Fair marquee located on the corner of E. 30th and University.

Donated by the Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation


10. Tall Corn State

RS Welding has created a stalk of corn that will withstand any corn borer.

  • This welded metal sculpture stands approximately 7 feet tall.

Donated by RS Welding



11. Go Cubs!

Here's your chance to cheer on both the Iowa and Chicago Cubs baseball teams.

  • Sixteen people can enjoy the August 7 Iowa Cubs game against Oklahoma City from Wells Fargo's suite. A selection of hot dogs, peanuts and non-alcoholic beverages will also be provided.
  • Two tickets to the Chicago Cubs when they play the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field on Saturday, August 13. Your seats are in Section 220, Row 23, Seats 101-102.
  • A $200 MasterCard gift card for spending money.
  • Some special Cubs pillows to show you're a fan.

Donated by Wells Fargo Bank, Gary & Cindy Cheney and Karen Brockelsby


12. It's Grillin' Season

Enjoy many nights of grilling and smoking with a large "Big Green Egg."

  • Have plenty of meat to eat with $150 in beef certificates and a $75 gift card for pork.
  • A basket full of award winning rubs to spice up your grillin'.

Donated by Prairie Ag Supply, Boone County Cattlemen, Farmland Foods and Mo' Rub


13. It's a Hawkeye State

This package gives you two opportunities to cheer on the Iowa Hawkeyes and show your loyalty.

  • A beverage cooler custom wrapped with an Iowa Hawkeye theme. The cooler measures approximately 25" x 23" x 53 1/2" and can hold over 300 bottles.
  • Two tickets and a parking pass to the Iowa vs Dakota State football game on September 17, 2016.
  • Journey to Iowa City again with two tickets to a men's weeknight Big Ten basketball game at Hawkeye Carver Arena.

Donated by Anonymous & Atlantic Bottling Company


14. Industrial Island

This custom table has an industrial feel.

  • Featuring a butcher block top made from reclaimed wood, this table is on wheels and can serve as an island or portable bar.

Donated by Joe Warnock


15. Perfectly Unbalanced

Feel like you're in the conversation with Jeff Dunham and his wickedly funny cast of friends.

  • Your four tickets are in the second row of stage section BB, seats 1-4.
  • Go backstage to meet this clever comedian.
  • Gate admission for four and a parking pass.

Donated by the Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation


16. It's a Cyclone Nation

If you're a Cyclone fan you'll love this multi-sport package.

  • Four tickets to the Iowa State vs Oklahoma football game on November 3. Tickets are located in the Jacobson Building Athletic Director's Suite and include food and beverage plus a VIP parking pass. You must wear Cyclone colored attire!
  • Four men's basktball tickets for a Big 12 Conference 2016-17 basketball games.
  • Show your team spirit with a selection of ISU apparel and an Iowa State Fair/ISU themed table runner.

Donated by Iowa State University Athletic Department, Bill & Deb Fennelly and Karen Brockelsby




17. What Was I Thinking?

You'll be thinking you did good bidding on this package when you watch Dierks Bentley perform on the front row.

  • Four front row tickets to see Dierks Bentley with Tucker Beathard on August 15.
  • Plus backstage passes for a meet and greet with Dierks. Your seats are in Section BB, Row 1, Seats 1-4.
  • Gate admission for four and a parking pass.

Donated by the Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation

Dierks Bentley


18. The Race is On

Get a total racing fix with NASCAR races at Homestead-Miami.

  • Four grandstand tickets each to the NASCAR Xfinity and Sprint Cup Ford EcoBoost championships on November 19 and 20, 2016 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway.
  • Your total racing package also includes four garage passes that are good for the entire weekend. Must be 18 years of age for garage area access. Tickets are non-transferable.
  • Before heading to Florida, check out racing in Iowa with four Newton Club tickets with parking for July 30th NASCAR Xfinity Series U.S. Cellular 250 at the Iowa Speedway.
  • Iowa is the sprint car capitol of the world so venture to Knoxville with two tickets for the 2016 Knoxville Nationals, Aug 4 - 6, 2016.
  • On your way to Newton or Knoxville, swing in to Team 36 Bar & Grill in Mitchellville for a bite to eat with a $100 gift card.

Donated by Housby Mack, Iowa Speedway, Knoxville Raceway and Team 36 Bar & Grill


19. Nothing Could Be Finer

Discover another state fair with a trip to Raleigh, North Carolina this October.

  • You'll start your visit off with four gate admission tickets and an on-grounds parking pass to the North Carolina State Fair which runs October 13-23, 2016.
  • Along with your day at the fair and a selection of great souvenirs, enjoy their nightly fireworks display from the drop zone.
  • Your stay includes round-trip airfare for two on Southwest Airlines and a four night stay in a Summit Hospitality Hotel.
  • Learn more about North Carolina with four passes each to the North Carolina Museums of History, Art and Natural Science.
  • A delectable country ham will be shipped to you but while there enjoy a meal or two at the Five Points Grill with a $100 gift card plus another $100 gift card for dining in Raleigh or Chapel Hill.

Donated by North Carolina State Fair, Summit Hospitality Group, Southwest Airlines, the North Carolina Museum of Art, Museum of History, Museum of Natural Science, Five Points Grill and the North Carolina Pork Council


20. A Pheasant Hunt

Venture to Searsboro, Iowa for an all-day pheasant hunt.

  • Big Springs Shooting Resort will provide a one day hunt with 50 birds, a guide and dogs. Four hunters along with their dogs can be accommodated.
  • Select the date of your hunt between September 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017.
  • A framed, signed print by Keith Warrick entitled "Backyard Birds" features two pheasants in flight.

Donated by Absolute Concrete & Michael Abildtrup


21. Know When to Hold 'Em

Don't miss the opportunity to own this special poker table.

  • A replica of President Harry Truman's favored poker table, this piece was handcrafted by two central Iowans.
  • Built for seven card stud, the table features seven sides, chip holders and ash trays, just like the original.
  • The rich felt covered top can be removed to allow for dice games.
  • A set of poker chips and trays, several decks of cards, and a poker game book get you ready to play.

Donated by Jim Gocke, Dave Knau and Duane & Shirley Clark



22. A Concert Series

Can't decide what concert to go to? Why not all of them?

  • Have your own personal band box in the Grandstand at the 2016 Iowa State Fair.
  • Containing twelve seats, you and eleven friends can enjoy the entire 2016 concert series.

Donated by the Iowa State Fair


23. Fresh-Baked Pie

Enjoy a fresh, homemade pie made by a prize-winning baker.

Donated by Elysa Koss


24. One of a Kind Party

An event at the Stine Barn in West Des Moines is one your guests will always remember.

  • Host an event sure to be remembered at the one-of-a-kind Stine Barn. With its beautiful decor, massive fireplace and expansive patios overlooking a perfectly situated pond, it's an ideal location for a family gathering or business retreat. 
  • Event dates, times, event type, guest count and all requests related to its use must be approved. Limit of attendance to 150. Catering is restricted to The Girls Catering. Must be used by 7/1/2017.
  • It'll be one of the easiest events you've hosted with $750 worth of event planning assistance from Creative Concepts, Inc.
  • They've already arranged $300 in catering plus a $100 flower credit from Originals by Beck and $500 in beef certificates. Catering services not available during the Iowa State Fair or spring break.
  • Additional arrangements have been made with a two man musical group, so all you need is the guest list.

Donated by Stine Seed Company, Creative Concepts, The Girls Catering, Originals by Beck, Boone County Cattlemen, Joel Ambrose and Kevin Meeks


25. Farmhouse Gathering

This table will comfortably seat six to eight people.

Donated by Elrod Timber, LLC


26. An Icon of Rock

Steven Tyler has a career that has spanned the decades.

  • Watch Steven perform his trademark screams with four tickets to his concert on August 20.
  • While you are close to the stage with seats in Section BB, Row 4, Seats 1-4, you'll be even closer when you go backstage for a meet and greet.
  • Gate admission for four and a parking pass.

Donated by the Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation


27. Nothing Compares

Measuring 36" x 36" this piece by Sticks showcases our treasured event.

Donated by Sticks Inc.


28. Inside the Grounds

Get the Fair experience inside the gates.

  • See the Fair 24/7 from inside the gates with this VIP campstie. (Camper is not included).
  • Tickets to ride the Sky Glider, Ye Old Mill and the Giant Slide and four coupons for delicious milkshakes.
  • A pillow constructed using an Iowa State Fair t-shirt.
  • Two admission wristbands, allowing for 11 days of entry, are included as is a parking pass for your campsite.

Donated by the Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation, Midwest Dairy Association and Sky Fair


1. The Greatest Show Around
A colorful iconic piece created specifically for the Iowa State Fair.
This found object assemblage was created by using salvaged and recycled items to recreate images of the Fair.
Donated by Dwight and Erin Porter
10. Easy Care Geraniums
Windows are works of art when they become a canvas for a painter.
•    This old window has been given new life with these brightly painted geraniums.
Donated by Lisa Campbell-Patterson
14, 42 and 210. Hawkeye, Cyclone and Panther Nation
These concrete Iowa sculptures have been given new life.
•    Painted to showcase the pride Iowans have in their schools.
Donated by the Iowa State Fair
38. Window on the Fair
This six paned window has a cheerful Fair view.
Each pane has been painted with the more popular Fair attractions.
Donated by Lisa Campbell-Patterson
52. Hometown Perry
Spend a day discovering the town of Perry.
• Book a night’s stay in a themed room at the Hotel Pattee.
• Enjoy a night of music and food at “The Cellar,” the speakeasy feeling basement of the newly renovated La Poste. A $50 gift card will cover drinks and food during their Thursday night live music sessions.
• Lose yourself in Ben’s Five and Dime. They carry toys, home décor, craft supplies, accessories and so much more. They’ve provided a coupon for 10% off your entire day’s worth of purchases.
• A selection of specialty chocolate from Lagomarcino in Moline that is carried by La Poste.
• An Iowa State Fair t-shirt pillow rounds out the package.
Donated by the Hotel Pattee, La Poste, Ben’s Five & Dime – Perry and Karen Brockelsby
53. Bridal Wreath    
Serve guests iced tea in a set of eleven Fostoria glasses.
• Etched with a wreath pattern, this design was retired in the 1950s.
Donated by Marie Fredrickson
56. Peace Poles
Peace and Garden Poles are state-of-the-art reproductions of hand painted, hand-etched, decorative wooden poles that make a bold statement in any landscape.
Made of durable PVC, your three poles feature brightly colored art and are 3, 4 and 6 feet in height.
Donated by Wicker and the Works
70. Our Sesquicentennial
In 2004 Sarah Grant of Sticks created a large wall panel commemorating the Iowa State Fair's 150th anniversary.
This litho print of the original panel is number 30 out of 150 limited edition prints.
It's even framed in a custom Sticks frame.
Donated by Jonna Crandell
77. Clark County Finds
This basket features items from Clark County.
• Take a trip to Osceola and discover what’s available with several gift cards. Artistry House on Jackson ($10), Junction Creamery ($20) and Southern Iowa Saddle Shop ($20).
• There’s also items from Grassroots Home, Harvest Barn Market Place and Relics.
Donated by Artistry House on Jackson, Junction Creamery, Southern Iowa Saddle Shop, Grassroots Home, Harvest Barn Market Place and Relics
80. Clear as Crystal
Add several new pieces of crystal to your décor.
• A Royal Dalton Austrian crystal candle holder can take pride of place in any grouping.
• A Waterford bowl and crystal rose bowl round out the trio.
Donated by Marie Fredrickson
97. Bleachers
This 63” and 72” quilt pattern is called Bleachers and was created by Empty Bobbin.
•    The quilt features earth-tone fabrics in rusts, browns and greens.
Donated by Marcia Wing
111. A Dramatic Look
A new necklace and earrings with a dramatic look.
•    Go for a simple style or a dramatic new look with a $50 gift card for salon services at Joanie’s Shear Artists.
Donated by Karen’s World of Color and Joanie’s Shear Artists

144. A Striking Cross
Two cross necklaces for you to accessorize with.
•    Get a striking new look with a $50 gift card to Joanie’s Shear Artists. Services include a cut, color or tanning.
Donated by Karen’s World of Color and Joanie’s Shear Artists

116. A Future Farmer
A future farmer can have hours of fun with this wooden barn.
Though shallow, the barn comes complete with fencing to create a livestock area.
Every farmer needs a tractor or two. A John Deere 950 WF with Backhoe and a Farmall Super MD are solid models.
Donated by Chris & Margo Fox and Mark & Renee Lane
119. One of a Kind
A corndog necklace like no other.
• One of a kind, this necklace features a hand-blown glass corndog complete with a wooden stick and slight swirl of mustard.
• The pendant hangs from a sterling silver chain.
Donated by Lori Murga

133. Fair Favorites
This pallet sign features a line-up of Fair favorites.
Donated by Dawn Gunderson – Whimsy Bits
137. Dancing Pumpkin
Enter the world of whimsical art with this original sculpture by Betsy Peterson.
• A homegrown dancing pumpkin stands 25 inches tall.
• Sculpted from clay, wire and wood, it will make you smile when autumn arrives.
Donated by Betsy Peterson
164. For the Fancy Fruit
This Dresden compote with applied flowers and cupids will make any fruit look fancy.
Donated by Neal Fredrickson\

170. A Good Sign
A whimsical hand painted and wood burned Fair themed sign.
Donated by Dawn Gunderson – Whimsy Bits
176. I Want to Ride My Bicycle
A new bicycle to ride the many bike trails in Iowa.
A brown Waterbrook cruiser.
Donated by Glazer's Distributors
178. Cyclone Cheer
Throw an ISU tailgate party at home or away with this package.
• This hand painted ISU bucket is packed full of tailgate supplies.
Donated by Melody Hunter
198. ABC Des Moines
ABC Des Moines is a framed photograph featuring our capital city.
• The photographer is Michael Blair.
Donated by Dot’s Gallery & Frame Shop
201. More Than Bridges
Take a trip to Winterset and discover there's a lot more to this Madison County town.
A two hour personal tour of the Madison County covered bridges for up to four people. The guide will join you in your vehicle for the tour.
After your tour, visit the John Wayne Birthplace with four admission tickets.
Make sure to visit the many shops in Winterset where these special items came from. The selection includes a junk angel, candle, coffee, knitted hat, picture, food items and book and a $25 gift card for the Village Bootery.
Donated by Madison County Chamber, the John Wayne Birthplace, AngelWings and CT, Beth Cort Voltmer, Harvest Creek, Heartland Fiber Co., Montross Pharmacy, Pine Creek, Re:Home and Village Bootery
204. Route 66
Add a bit of functional décor to your home with this Route 66 themed metal clock.
Standing about five feet, the face of the clock features a Route 66 theme.
Donated by Chris & Margo Fox
205. Evening Ride
This little boy is taking an imaginative ride on a beautiful carousel horse.
• The painting was created by Missouri artist Bob Byerly who was known for his realistic images of children in nostalgic settings.
Donated by Dan & Chris Baack
220. Colorful Glass
A Peggy Karr side table will provide an elegant accent to your room.
• The style is French Country and has an 18” x 18” square top and a 20” tall oak wood base.
Donated by Josephs Jewelry
223. A Proud Tradition
Iowa Foundation for Agricultural Advancement is a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging 4-H and FFA members to pursue ag-related careers.
One foursome for their annual IFAA  golf tournament on Friday, September 2 at Otter Creek Golf Course in Ankeny. This includes golf fees, cart, food and beverages.
As these youth are our future livestock producers, here is $300 in coupons good for beef, lamb and pork.
A selection of koozies, golf towels and golf balls.
Donated by Iowa Foundation for Agricultural Advancement
227. We the People
Show your patriotism with this metalwork.
• The artist has cut out the shape of the United States and emblazoned it with “We the People.”
Donated by Weirich Welding Plus
228. Hours of Entertainment
Enjoy the simple pleasures of reading and making chalk drawings with your favorite little person.
Six children's books by former Iowan Susan Elya. Her books have an easy cadence and bright illustrations.
A chalkboard made from boards salvaged from the old Dallas Center school. Several boxes of chalk will provide hours of drawing time.
A stuffed black bear made by members of the Sugar Grove Sunshine 4-H Club gives a soft companion to read to.
A Radio Flyer tricycle inspire physical activity after all the reading. 
Donated by Susan Middleton Elya and Sugar Grove Sunshine 4-H Club
232. A Green Machine
Your little one will love driving all over with this battery-operated John Deere Gator.
• The gator comes complete with lights, sounds, two detachable water bazookas and an input jack for your personal music device.
• A sweatshirt and talking tool belt set complete their attire for keeping busy.
Donated by Steve & Judy Eaton
233. A Trick Bear
It takes a talented bear to hold a handstand on a log.
• Carved on the last day of the 2015 Iowa State Fair, this little bear will happily welcome guests to your home.
Donated by the Iowa State Fair

These are just a few of the great gift cards and certificates that complete some of the auction packages.