Bill and Connie Ridgley named Iowans of the Day

DES MOINES, IA (08/04/2021) (readMedia)-- The Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation and Cookies Food Products are pleased to present Bill and Connie Ridgley of Panora as Iowans of the Day for the 2021 Iowa State Fair.

Bill and Connie were instrumental in the establishment of Tori's Angels, a lifesaving effort created for a child with a heart defect. Now Tori's Angles benefits children not only in Guthrie County, but also throughout Iowa. Tori's Angels sponsors children with life threatening medical conditions through various fundraising efforts.

Along with the Ridgley's tremendous work with Tori's Angels, they are also actively involved in their community including serving as Lions Club President, youth activities through their church, supporting county libraries and volunteering for Make a Wish. At the events they help at, Bill and Connie are known to be the first ones to come and the last ones to leave, always helping to prepare the food and clean up after.

Bill and Connie's day of recognition will be Thursday, August 19 at the 2021 Iowa State Fair. They will be recognized with a presentation on the Anne & Bill Riley stage at 12:00 PM. Along with accommodations at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown, they will receive a gift bag, Grandstand Concert tickets, use of the Iowan of the Day golf cart, a cash prize, Iowa State Fair admission tickets, and VIP parking.

Founded in 1997, the Iowan of the Day program allows the Blue Ribbon Foundation to recognize Iowa's most outstanding individuals. The program continues to honor Iowans across the state who have made a difference in the lives of others, while upholding the characteristics associated with Iowa- dependability, integrity, hard work and sense of community.

The Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. Since its inception in 1993, the Foundation has generated $170 million for renovations and improvements to the historic Iowa State Fairgrounds. For more information, visit or please contact the Blue Ribbon Foundation at 515-262-3111 Ext. 371 or