DES MOINES, IA (07/02/2018) (readMedia)-- Des Moines, IA- Summer is filled with family vacations, road trips and travel adventures. It is an opportunity to explore someplace new or visit your favorite getaway spot. Whether you live in Iowa or across the country, in August All Roads Lead to the Iowa State Fair! The Blue Ribbon Foundation will celebrate our top-notch tourist attraction at the 2018 Corndog Kickoff Benefit Auction and Fair Food Grazing Party.

Grab your co-pilots and make plans to join us on Saturday, July 7 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds! Doors to the William C. Knapp Varied Industries Building will open at 6:30 p.m. for a night filled with quality auction packages, entertainment and all of your favorite Fair foods.

Since its inception in 1997, the event has grown to raise a total of $5.6 million for the restoration and preservation of the Iowa State Fairgrounds. The 2017 Corndog Kickoff brought a crowd of 2,000 people and raised $553,000! With your support, we can ensure future travelers will continue to discover this one-of-a-kind destination – the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Highlights from this year's live and silent auction packages include:

• Butter Fingers – Help Sarah Pratt sculpt the tail of the 2018 Butter Cow.

• Up, Up and Away – Enjoy a peaceful ride over the central Iowa landscape in a hot air balloon.

• Lights, Camera, Action - Two lucky movie fans will spend a fascinating day behind the scenes at Ironbound Studios in Chisholm, MN to learn firsthand how movies are made, and be featured extras in a movie.

• Life Changes – Come see Thomas Rhett perform at the Iowa State Fair during his Life Changes tour. Get backstage passes too!

All-inclusive Corndog Kickoff tickets are $125. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Blue Ribbon Foundation at 515-262-3111 Ext. 371, online at www.BlueRibbonFoundation.org, or at the door the night of the event.

The Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Since its inception in 1993, the Foundation has generated more than $138 million for renovations to the Iowa State Fairgrounds. For more information on the Corndog Kickoff, please contact the Foundation at 515-262-3111 Ext. 371 or Info@BlueRibbonFoundation.org.