If a picture is worth a thousand words, the Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation believes a volunteer photograph must be worth a thousand hours! The Blue Ribbon Foundation has its camera ready for a volunteer photoshoot this summer during the Iowa State Fair. The foundation needs your help in finding Iowans from across the state that go above and beyond to make their communities a picture-perfect place to live.


With the support of Cookies Food Products, the Blue Ribbon Foundation’s Iowan of the Day award will recognize 10 outstanding volunteers during the Iowa State Fair, Aug. 8-18.


The Blue Ribbon Foundation wants to zoom in and highlight those Iowans who work hard to make their neighborhoods and state better through their volunteer efforts. These community members are the first people to be in the scene and demonstrate an honest work ethic while showing a sense of Iowa pride.


Each Iowan of the Day is awarded a day of recognition at the 2019 Iowa State Fair, including an introduction on the Anne and Bill Riley stage, $200 cash, use of a golf cart for the day, VIP parking, gate admission, hotel accommodations at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown and four tickets to the evening Grandstand concert.


Since 1997, the Iowan of the Day program has become an Iowa State Fair tradition honoring more than 220 Iowans across the state. It’s time to photobomb these volunteers! Help spread the word and encourage people to nominate the outstanding Iowans in their hometown.


Nomination forms can be found online at www.BlueRibbonFoundation.org/IOTD or contact Gabrielle Gerke at 515-262-3111 ext. 378. The deadline for all nominations is July 1. All nominees must currently reside in Iowa.