Iowan of the Day

Since 1997, the Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation and Cookies Food Products have come together in the search for outstanding Iowans to recognize at each year’s Iowa State Fair.  We look for shining stars across the state who personify the greatness of Iowa with a strong work ethic, loyalty to helping others, and an exceptional sense of Iowa pride.

Every year, ten nominees are named Iowan of the Day, receiving a special day of recognition at the Fair. As Iowan of the Day, winners receive an introduction on the Anne & Bill Riley Stage, four Grandstand show tickets for their day, privilege to use the Iowan of the Day golf cart, VIP parking, accommodations at the Downtown Des Moines Marriott hotel, $200 cash and one-year subscriptions to The Iowan & Iowa Gardening magazines.

Do you know someone who commits their life to bettering your community?  Someone who deserves to be acknowledged for their efforts?  Be sure they receive the recognition they deserve! Nominate your shining star by July 1 for this year’s Fair.

Print a nomination form here.


Forms can also be found at your local post office in May or can be requested by calling 515-262-3111 ext. 678 or 1-800-450-3732.  All nominations are considered for three years. 

Nominees must be residents of Iowa.  Each nomination is evaluated on a number of things, including community involvement, volunteerism, personal achievements, and involvement with youth to name a few. Nominators should provide us with supplemental materials that emphasize these areas such as testimonials, photos, newspaper articles and letters of recommendation. Any information that shows our judges the greatness of your nominee is welcomed!

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