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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Many people have admitted that their favorite part of the Iowa State Fair is the variety of wonderful food on display in the Elwell Family Food Center. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to have many of those ribbon-winning foods…

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Besides enjoying days at the great Iowa State Fair, some of my favorite memories are going on fun family vacations. I mean, who doesn't enjoy the occasional getaway? If you are wondering what your next vacation…

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As we all know, livestock shows are a huge part of the Iowa State Fair. They provide youth with the opportunity to compete and showcase their skills, as well as entertainment to Fairgoers. At my first Fair, I remember walking through the barns and being amazed at the skill and…

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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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