The Iowa State Fair is Iowa's million piece puzzle, fitting together agriculture, industry, entertainment, contests, food and people from across the country into a mosaic that has become the largest event in our state. We invite you to become part of this wonderful puzzle and help shape the future of the Iowa State Fairgrounds by participating in the Blue Ribbon Foundation's Corndog Kickoff Benefit Auction set for Saturday, July 13 in the William C. Knapp Varied Industries Building on the Fairgrounds.

"A Piece of the Puzzle" serves as a reminder of the collective effort needed to ensure the success of the Fair. Just like a puzzle, the Kickoff pieces together various elements - from mouthwatering fair foods to captivating auction items - creating a picture-perfect evening of enjoyment and generosity. Each participant is a vital piece of the puzzle, contributing to the bigger picture of preserving and enhancing our beloved Iowa State Fairgrounds, whether you are attending the fun-filled night or are participating from home

Bidding opens at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 12 and will close at 8:30 p.m. CST on Saturday, July 13. Previewing of packages opens on July 11 and will be updated often as items arrive.  Make sure to register in order to bid on any Silent Auction items. 

Live Auction packages are displayed here but you must be present at the Corndog Kickoff to bid. We recommend registering a user account in advance.  To bid in the Live Auction, you must pick up an assigned bid number at the bid registration tables located inside the event entrances.  Your assigned number will be added to your user account.

If you have any questions, please check our FAQ page which has information on the event, package purchase and pick up instructions and much more.  You can also email [email protected] with your question or call 515-262-3111 Ext. 371.

Thank you for supporting the Corndog Kickoff and the Blue Ribbon Foundation's mission to renovate and preserve the historic Iowa State Fairgrounds. 

Let's join together, piece by piece, to ensure the Iowa State Fair continues to inspire

and delight for years to come!


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Silent Auction bidding - 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 12 to 8:30 p.m. (CST) on Saturday, July 13.

  • To bid, you must register as a bidder and provide the required information on the form, including a valid credit card number. Online bidding is only available with the Silent Auction. You must be present to bid in the Live Auction.
  • All sales are final and non-refundable. Package contents are sold as is. The Foundation provides no warranty or guarantee on any item.
  • A receipt for your purchases will be emailed to you within 72 hours.
  • Should an auction package become non-redeemable (business closure, etc.) your bid will be converted into a donation. 
  • Restrictions and expiration dates do apply. Every effort has been made to indicate such within the descriptions as accurately as possible; however, the Foundation is not responsible for any restrictions omitted or not indicated by the donor or prizes not claimed within the scope of the restrictions.
  •  All bidders of items containing alcohol or gift certificates for alcohol must be 21 or older. These items must be picked up by someone 21 or older.
  • The items/certificates may not be redeemed for cash or returned to the business for cash or exchange.


How to pick up your auction purchases.

  • Claim packages the night of the auction if present at the event. In the event you cannot remove your purchase, please make arrangements before leaving. If you are unable to arrange transportation of your purchase because of the package's size, please stop at the Check-out table at the event. If you are not at the event, contact the Foundation.
  • If not present, pick up your package(s) at one of the times listed below. Items purchased will not be mailed unless the buyer arranges to pay for shipping and handling.  If you have any issues with the published times, please call the Foundation.


Pick-up times - Other than Sunday, the location is at the Foundation office on the Fairgrounds, north of the Fun Forest on E. 34th Street.

Sunday, July 14  9:00 am to 12:00 pm in the Varied Industries Building - only the doors by the drive in entrance on the south side will be open. Questions? 515-262-3111 Ext 373.

Monday, July 15  9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Tuesday, July 16  9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Wednesday, July 17  9:00 am to 6:00 pm

If the auction packages are not picked up by July 31 and other arrangements have not been made, your items will be a donation back to the Foundation. 

Other important auction information.

The Foundation is not liable or responsible for the loss, injury or damage to any person or property arising from the use of an auction item. By participating, bidders agree to release and hold the Foundation harmless from any claim arising from the use of goods or services offered at auction.

The Foundation reserves the right to withdraw any item from sale at any time. Packages may be added or altered until the start of bidding on July 12, 2024.

The Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. While donations are tax deductible, purchases of items of value are not fully tax deductible. The amount paid for an item over the fair market value may be a tax deductible contribution. Your emailed receipt will indicate the value of the package(s) you purchased. Please retain these receipts and consult with your tax professional.

Our thanks to the many generous donors who have made this auction possible. 

If you have any questions related to the auction or the Blue Ribbon Foundation, please reach out to us at:

515-262-3111 Ext. 371 or [email protected].