Halfway to the Fair Happy Hour Fundraiser

Picture yourself walking down Grand Avenue.  You can feel the warm sunshine on your face. You hear music playing, children laughing, and animal noises coming from the barns. Your mouth starts to water as you inhale the unmistakable aroma of your favorite food-on-a-stick. Sound great?  Stop imagining and join the Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation as we fast-forward to August!

The Blue Ribbon Foundation celebrates Iowa’s favorite summertime tradition six months early at the Halfway to the Fair Happy Hour FundraiserThe evening includes live music from Dueling Pianos of Andy Anderson and Mike Leeds, appetizers and fundraising! Doors to the Elwell Family Food Center open at 5:30 pm. Entertainment starts at 6:00 pm. Admission tickets are $50 each.

The Blue Ribbon Foundation will not be holding the event in 2022. Please check back for details about the 2023 Halfway to the Fair Happy Hour Fundraiser.

Thank you for attending the second annual "Halfway to the Fair Happy Hour Fundraiser" on Friday, February 7 in the Elwell Family Food Center. While listening to fantastic music from Dueling Pianos of Andy Anderson and Mike Leeds, attendees enjoyed snacking on great Iowa State Fair food!

With Corndogs, Popcorn, Nachos, Bacon Cheese Dip, Chicken Wings, Brisket Mac-N-Cheese, Funnel Cakes and Barksdale's Famous State Fair Chocolate Chip Cookies - no one left hungry!

The Foundation auction off a special VIP Iowa State Fair package. Overall, the night raised $20,370 for future Fairgrounds renovations.