Nominations under way for ‘Iowan of the Day’

The Iowa State Fair 'Iowan of the Day' nominations are now under way.

Through the countless missed traditions in 2020, Fairgoers are filled with excitement as the 2021 Iowa State Fair approaches in mid-August.

One of the long standing Iowa State Fair traditions includes the Iowan of the Day program, which has honored several Winneshiek County residents in past years.

The Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundations partners with Cookies Food Products to honor ten Iowans around the state who demonstrate a strong dedication to their community, outstanding character and work ethic, personal achievement, as well as showing an exceptional sense of Iowa pride. Each of the 10 Iowan of the Day winners are awarded a day of recognition at the 2021 Iowa State Fair, Aug. 12-22, including an introduction on the Anne & Bill Riley Stage, four Iowa State Fair admission tickets, four grandstand concert tickets on their day, privilege to use the Iowan of the Day golf cart, VIP parking, accommodations at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown, and $200 cash.

Nomination forms can be found online at, or contact Megan Decker at 515-262-3111 ext. 378. Forms must be printed legibly or typed. All nominations must be postmarked by July 1. Nominations from 2017, 2018 and 2019 will be reconsidered (no nominations were accepted in 2020). All nominees must currently reside in Iowa.

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 $165 million for renovations and improvements to the Iowa State Fairgrounds. For more information, please contact the Blue Ribbon Foundation at 1-800-450- 3732 or

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