Celebrate Iowa's 'Locally Grown' Traditions at the 2016 Corndog Kickoff

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DES MOINES, IA (07/01/2016)(readMedia)-- The internationally-acclaimed Iowa State Fair attracts more than a million people from around the world each year. Lucky for Iowans, the State Fair is able to retain its small town charm by showcasing quality fresh grown produce, farm raised livestock and top notch Iowa artists. Just like your favorite neighborhood gathering, the Iowa State Fair welcomes families to share in the "Locally Grown" traditions.

Join the Blue Ribbon Foundation to celebrate our "Locally Grown" traditions during our 20th annual Corndog Kickoff Benefit Auction and Fair Food Grazing Party, Saturday, July 9 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 exciting top-notch auction packages, entertainment and all of your favorite Fair foods. Get in the spirit for the 2016 Iowa State Fair while raising funds to renovate and restore the historic Fairgrounds!

More than 260 enticing auction packages fill the live and silent auctions. Get your Fair fix with a 36 x 36" original wall art piece by Sticks, Inc., depicting what Fairgoers love about the Iowa State Fair. Enjoy a trip to Raleigh, North Carolina to discover another state fair with airfare for two included. Or, score four VIP tickets and backstage passes to see one of the following: Jeff Dunham, Steven Tyler, Dierks Bentley, or Meghan Trainor.

The Corndog Kickoff has been a pre-fair tradition since it began in 1997. First held in Pioneer Hall, 460 people were in attendance. Since then, the event has grown to raise more than $4.4 million for the restoration and preservation of the Iowa State Fairgrounds. The 2015 event brought a crowd of 2,000 and raised a record high $460,000!

"The Corndog Kickoff is a special event for Iowans, which serves as the largest annual fundraiser for the Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation," said Peter Cownie, Foundation Executive Director, "We are excited to celebrate our 'Locally Grown' traditions, by raising funds so we can continue to cultivate the future of the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Thank you for your support."

All-inclusive Corndog Kickoff tickets are $100 each. Tickets can be purchases by calling the Blue Ribbon Foundation at (800) 450-3732, 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 $115 million for renovations and improvements to the Iowa State Fairgrounds. For more information on the Corndog Kickoff, please contact the Foundation at (800) 450-3732 or BlueRF@BlueRibbonFoundation.org.