Blue Ribbon Internships

Now that the Fair is all wrapped up, it’s pretty quiet around here. Partly because it just not as busy and partly because we lose half of our staff…aka our much appreciated summer interns. Just when they get the hang of the everyday craziness of the Fair, they leave us to finish their senior year, only hours later.

For those of you who follow our blog, you can vouch for how great our interns were this year. They each posted once a week to keep you up to date on Foundation activities, and quite frankly its making my job difficult to keep up on my postings now that they’re gone. A special thank you to our three amazing interns Drew, Kristen and Trista for their hard work this summer!

Allyson, Emily, Drew and Trista pose with volunteer Andy Schlumbohm at the Corndog Kickoff.


Kristen and Drew on the last day of the Fair.

Trista and Kristen all dressed up for the Kickoff.

If you know of any hard-working, motivated college students in their junior year, who love the Fair, be sure to send them our way! We are looking for spring and summer interns to help us plan for the 2012 Fair. A full description of the available positions can be found here. The deadline is December 31, 2011.

As a previous Foundation intern myself, I can attest to the quality of the internships we offer. Interns will have a one of a kind experience and learn a lot of skills along the way. If you have any questions feel free to send me an email.


Happy Fall!

It’s officially the first day of Fall! There are so many things I love about the fall – jeans, boots, sweaters, the beautiful colors, ISU football games, the countdown to Christmas…the list goes on and on! At work, it’s a time to catch our breath from the Fair and get geared up for the year ahead. First up on the calendar, the Fairgrounds 5K!

I have never been a runner, but I am so excited for the 5K this year! My husband and I started running this fall and I’m finally starting to complain less and embrace the feeling of confidence when I complete our runs, especially when we move up the miles each week. Though I won’t be running in it because of my obvious event coordination obligations, I am still thrilled to be offering this opportunity to others!

Since we are entering our fifth year, we decided it would be fun to add a couple of  new events to our 5K. In addition to our 5K fun run, we have added a one mile walk and a kids’ run! We will also have the newest timing system that’s available, RFID timing. Basically it is like chip timing, but instead of a chip you turn in a the end of the race, it is a small device located on the back of your race number that can be kept or thrown away. We’re also working on beefing up our prizes and giveaways, so be sure to sign up!

Registration includes a race t-shirt and goodie bag. Plus, you get to experience the Fairgrounds in the off-season and help raise money for the renovation and preservation of the Fairgrounds! Visit the Fairgrounds 5K website for sign up information as well as details for all of the events.

Check out a couple of pictures from last year’s race as well as our newest mascot for the 5K!

Runners approach the one mile mark.

Fairfield and Rosetta pose with some participants.

Walkers enjoying the scenery.

Now, introducing the newest addition to the Fairgrounds 5k, our cow mascot (yet to be named)! This year we will debut our “Chase the Cow Kids’ Run” where children 1-11 will chase the cow to the finish line!

The cow mascot for the "Chase the Cow Kids' Run"

Send us your suggestions and help us name the cow!
Have a great weekend and enjoy the beautiful fall weather!

2011 Iowa State Fair: Nothing Compares!

We hope you all enjoyed the 2011 Iowa State Fair! Here are a few of our highlights!

Babies in the Animal Learning Center

Fox's Sean Hannity broadcast his show live at the Fair and drew quite a crowd!


On a rainy day we sell more ponchos than water!

Older Iowan Idol contest on Older Iowan's Day

I got to participate in Llama Limbo!

Draft horse show in the Jacobson Center


The Budweiser Clydes were on display the first weekend of the Fair.


On the last night of the Fair, Foundation staff all went down the Giant Slide together!


Blue Ribbon Foundation Fair Staff

What was the best thing that you saw at the Fair this year? 
Thank you for your continued support of the Foundation. Thank you too, to all of our volunteers who help make everything we do at the Fair possible. We’ll see you next year August 9-19!