Project Update

May 26, 2020
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Since its inception in 1993, the Blue Ribbon Foundation has been raising funds to maintain and improve the historic Iowa State Fairgrounds. The Iowa State Fair is a tradition any Iowan can be proud of and the Blue Ribbon Foundation is dedicated to continuing that legacy. Check out the current renovation projects.

4-H Building: Progress continues on the renovation of the 4-H Building. A portion of the south exterior wall was removed, creating space for a new kitchen facility, storage area and loading bays. An expansion to the west will add classroom space, and the interior of the building will be revitalized from top to bottom with new lighting, floors and updated restrooms.


Cookie Kitchen: This brand new 4,800 sq. ft. building along Grand Avenue will be the main facility for baking the world famous ”Barksdale’s State Fair Cookies”. Fairgoers will be able to peek inside through large windows to see cookies baking and purchase a fresh cup or bucket.


Family Garden: In August, families will experience a new garden north of the Paul R. Knapp Animal Learning Center. Filled with crops, plants, trees and even a tunnel with pole beans, gourds, and other vegetables growing overhead. This unique space will showcase a combination of rural and urban agriculture. 


Livestock Pavilion Restroom: During the Fair, the pavilion hosts livestock judging, horse shows, and events like the Governor’s Charity Steer Show. The restroom updates include tiling the walls, installing metallic epoxy flooring, replacing the toilet partitions, adding solid surface sinks, new counters and improving the electrical fixtures.


You can be part of the Livestock Pavilion restroom renovation project by joining the T.A.G. Team. It’s a simple concept; Together we can Accomplish our Goals. For a $250 donation, the first 100 donors will be accepted into this unique group. Your name will be listed as a key player in the renovation project and you will receive a commemorative pin to denote your membership in the 2020 T.A.G. Team. We haven’t reached our goal of 100 members yet. The deadline to join is June 1. Join Today.

Thank you to our current 2020 T.A.G. Team members.