De Heaton named Iowan of the Day

DES MOINES, IA (08/01/2023) (readMedia)-- The Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation and Cookies Food Products are pleased to present De Heaton of Corning as an Iowan of the Day for the 2023 Iowa State Fair.

De averages more than 30 hours a week serving her community through her work at the Corning Opera House. She has volunteered at the Opera House since 2012 as the Executive Director. De assists with a wide range of activities along with plays and concerts for the community. She oversees maintenance of the building, writes grants and makes sure that entertainment is family friendly. Though De does not receive a salary, her work ethic and attention to detail would reflect otherwise. She pours her heart into serving Corning.

De is a strong advocate for music education and experience. She facilitates many youth activities such as the children's musical, "Tea Parties", the annual Polar Express Celebration as well as planning and setting up educational activities for students on "early out" days. Thanks to De, the small town of Corning attracts many with the variety of acts she brings in. It is clear that she wants to make her community a better place to live and she certainly doesn't lack passion.

De's day of recognition will be Monday, August 14 at the 2023 Iowa State Fair. She 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, she 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 $200 million for renovations and improvements to the historic Iowa State Fairgrounds. For more information, please visit or contact the Blue Ribbon Foundation at 515-262-3111 Ext. 371 or