Save the Date

January 4, 2021
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Happy New Year! The Blue Ribbon Foundation hopes everyone had a wonderful holiday. As you start to make plans for 2021, please add these dates to your calendar.

March 31: Deadline for Giving Programs - Celebrate your Fair-loving family with an engraved brick or paver on the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Check out the newest program, Spirit of Generosity donor wall inside the 4-H Building. The deadline to have an item in place by the 2021 Iowa State Fair is March 31.

April 15: Deadline to file your Taxes - The Corndog Checkoff provides an easy way to contribute to the Blue Ribbon Foundation through a tax-deductible donation on your Iowa return. Look for “State Fair” on line 57b on Iowa Form 1040. Every dollar donated is directed to preserving the historic Iowa State Fairgrounds.

June: Volunteers - Although we don’t have a specific sign-up date or deadline yet, the month of June is when the Blue Ribbon Foundation starts to recruit volunteers. Each year, more than 500 Fairgoers donate their time and energy by helping sell merchandise and bottled water at the Foundation's many stands. We’d love to have your help.

July 1: Iowan of the Day Nomination Deadline - There are so many people across Iowa that contribute to making our cities, towns, and our state a better place to live, work, and raise a family. Now, more than ever - the Blue Ribbon Foundation wants to recognize the most deserving. Start working on your Iowan of the Day application now so we can honor the outstanding volunteer in your life. The deadline to submit your application is July 1. 

July 10: Corndog Kickoff - The Corndog Kickoff Benefit Auction and Fair Food Grazing Party is a fun-filled night with your favorite Fair foods and a variety of unique auction packages to satisfy any State Fair enthusiast. As our largest fundraiser, this event gets you ready for the Iowa State Fair while making future renovation projects a possibility.

August 12-22: Iowa State Fair - The Blue Ribbon Foundation is planning new and fun ways to engage donors during the Iowa State Fair! We will sell merchandise, host BINGO, and show off all of the improvement projects completed. Stay tuned for more updates over the next 8 months.

These are just a few of the many fundraising opportunities the Blue Ribbon Foundation has planned for the year. Details about all of these exciting events and programs can be found on our website:

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