Don't miss out... Join the 1854 Society!

May 29, 2019
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The Iowa State Fair is known across the state for having the latest and greatest attractions. Whether that be a new recipe for a deep fat fried food, an up and coming entertainment on the various stages, or new activities and games to compete in at the Fair. However, behind this innovation we must not forget the rich history of the Fair.

The Fair was first held in the town of Fairfield, located in southeast Iowa, in 1854. Fairgoers came from all across the state by covered wagon, and many of them camped on the road, and at the Fair. Admission was 25 cents. People were blown away by the concourse of people that were assembled in Iowa. Iowa had never seen so many strangers meet to celebrate our great state. It is believed that 8,000 people attended the first Fair.

Fast-forward to present day, the Iowa State Fair is internationally acclaimed, and is the single largest event in the state of Iowa. This event attracts more than a million people each year from all across the world. The Blue Ribbon Foundation recognizes that the Fair is the heartbeat of the Midwest, and that it deserves to be recognized and treasured. In commemoration of the Iowa State Fair’s 150th anniversary, the Foundation created the 1854 Society. The funds that were raised by the 1854 society helped renovate the Richard L. Easter Museum Complex, and current donations help to provide archival storage needed to preserve the museum’s pieces.

The Richard L. Easter Museum Complex provides an opportunity for Fairgoers to interact with an exhibit showcasing the highlights of the Fair since its inception in 1854. The Museum got its debut in the 2005 Fair, and has continued to be a highlight for many Fairgoers.

Are you interested in giving to a program that will continue to promote the rich history of the Iowa State Fair? Become an 1854 Society member! With a $1,854 initial membership fee you can join this exclusive fundraising group, and you will receive these exclusive benefits:

• Engraved granite paver at the Richard L. Easter Museum Complex
• Gate admission for 2 each day of the Fair
• VIP parking during the fair
• 4 priority seats to a Grandstand concert of your choice
• Limited Edition Commemorative Pin denoting membership year
• Access to 1854 Society Hospitality Suite during the Fair
• Exclusive 1854 Society Shuttle access during the Fair
• Recognition in Blue Ribbon Foundation publications
• Special Membership Reception during the Fair

If you are interested in signing up, please use our secure online order form, or give us a call at (515) 262-3111 Ext. 371 to learn more.

Pictured above you can see the Richard L. Easter Museum Complex. Make sure to stop by at the 2019 Iowa State Fair! 


- Maggie Mathiasen