Emma Miller 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 Emma Miller of Goodell as an Iowan of the Day for the 2023 Iowa State Fair.

In 2019, at ten years old, Emma was with her grandmother at the Grant Township Cemetery. They were paying their respects to family and close friends while decorating headstones. As she was decorating, Emma noticed there was a large tree limb on one of the gravestones. She called her grandpa and he brought tools to help her clean up and make repairs to the area.

Emma took intitative and decided to continue this as a community service project. Throughout the last two years she can be found decorating, repairing or cleaning old grave sites in the cemetery. Emma has set a goal to raise funds and put a flower at every grave site. In 2022, she was able to do one third of the cemetery. She has also acquired flags to add for decoration. This year, she did some fundraising and was able to purchase a fold-up wagon to transport cleaning supplies around the cemetery and continue her mission. Emma's heart of gold and dedication to this project makes for a brighter community.

Emma's day of recognition will be Tuesday, August 15 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 www.BlueRibbonFoundation.org or contact the Blue Ribbon Foundation at 515-262-3111 Ext. 371 or Info@BlueRibbonFoundation.org.