Courtyard of Celebration

A showcase for Iowa artists, the Patty and Jim Cownie Cultural Center is truly the center of art on the Fairgrounds. Home to the state’s largest art show, it features exhibits in fine arts, photography, creative arts, and wood projects.

Located on the east side of the building, the Courtyard is a place to relax while enjoying hands on artistic activities. Celebrate a State Fair memory, preserve your blue ribbon achievement or leave your personal legacy with an engraved charcoal, concrete paver in the Courtyard’s plaza. Your purchase supports the renovation and preservation of the Fairgrounds.

For a contribution of $200, an 8 x 8” paver will be engraved. An 8 x 16” paver can be engraved for a donation of $500.

The deadline to have your paver in place before the Iowa State Fair is March 31. To take advantage of this program, please use our order form or download and print our Courtyard of Celebration brochure.