Keith Carlson named Iowan of the Day

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DES MOINES, IA (07/20/2018) (readMedia)-- Des Moines, IA- The Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation and Cookies Food Products are pleased to present Keith Carlson of Stratford as an Iowan of the Day for the 2018 Iowa State Fair.

Moving to Stratford in 1976, Keith Carlson has gone above and beyond to make his small community a better place. A long-time agriculture advocate, Keith provides information on animal care, soil conservation, and food safety to the agri-food system, including McDonald's and Costco. He has served on the Iowa Soybean Promotion Board for 6 years, Stratford Lions Club, Main Street and the Hamilton County SEED Revolving Loan Fund.

In the 1990's, Keith spear-headed the effort to build a 20-unit apartment building for senior citizens in Stratford. More than $1.3 million was raised to construct Athens Woods Estate, now a nursing home. He also served on the Stratford Kids Academy Building Committee to build a new facility for the Daycare and Pre-School, now known as the Early Learning Center. Grace Lambert says Keith is a "community-minded, family man with lots of energy that he uses for the good of many!"

Keith's day of recognition will be on Wednesday, August 15 at the 2018 Iowa State Fair. He will be recognized with a presentation on the Anne & Bill Riley stage at 2:00 p.m. Along with accommodations at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown, he will receive a gift bag, Grandstand tickets and use of the Iowan of the Day golf cart.

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 more than $140 million for renovations and improvements to the Iowa State Fairgrounds. For more information, please contact the Blue Ribbon Foundation at 515-262-3111 Ext. 371 or