Blue Ribbon Blog

Welcome to the Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation’s blog!

We are a non-profit organization with a mission to raise funds for the renovation and preservation of the historic Iowa State Fairgrounds. Since our inception in 1993, the Foundation has raised more than $200 million through individual contributions, state appropriations, in-kind services, and corporate, federal and state grants.

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Growing up in a small town where everybody knows everybody has its perks, and one of those perks was that I got to know some pretty outstanding members of my community who truly made a lasting positive impact…

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Volunteers continue to be the backbone of our organization as they truly make our mission possible! Through their work, we are able to raise money to help renovate and improve the Fairgrounds for…

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Happy Monday! As we begin a new week, I’d like to share what’s new at the Fairgrounds this year. The maintenance team has been hard at work completing renovations and preparing for the 2024 Fair. Last week, we took a drive around the grounds to see how everything is coming…

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The Fairgrounds is seeing extra traffic this week as people from all across the United States and around the world attend the World Pork Expo. The Iowa State Fairgrounds has made a great location for this large event as producers, professionals, and guests come together to…

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Something I find special about the Iowa State Fair is the variety of displays you will see throughout the Fairgrounds. From engraved bricks to personalized plaques, there are many unique ways to leave an impact on the Fairgrounds. As Jayce mentioned a couple weeks ago, we…

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The Corndog Kickoff is still a little over a month away (July 13), but we are getting geared up and excited for it! You never know who you might see, what awesome prize you could win, or what…

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While I am not the most artistic person in the world, I still like to try my hand at painting every once in a while! Regardless of my skill level, I have never not had fun while painting, especially when I am doing it with family and friends. Therefore, if you are in need for…

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Do you LOVE the Fair as much as we do? Have you ever wondered what it looks like behind-the-scenes of such an amazing event? If so, sign up to volunteer at the 2024 Iowa State Fair! Each year, more than 600 Blue Ribbon Foundation volunteers donate their time and energy by…

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The countdown continues as we have less than 80 days until the 2024 Iowa State Fair! Before we know it, the Fairgrounds will be filled with people attending livestock shows, eating fair food, and attending Grandstand concerts. However, that is not the only countdown we are…

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My name is Chloe Hamaker, and I am so excited to be the Public Relations Intern at the Blue Ribbon Foundation this summer! I am a senior at West Texas A&M University majoring in Agricultural Media & Communications with a minor in Animal Science. I am originally…

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