2018 Corndog Kickoff

  • Overview

    Brief Description: The Corndog Kickoff is a fun-filled event featuring an assortment of Fair foods, Sky Glider rides and fireworks, plus live and silent auctions with a variety of packages. All proceeds go to the Blue Ribbon Foundation to provide funds for the preservation and renovation of the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

    Long Description: Since the first event in 1997, the Corndog Kickoff has raised more than $5.6 million to assist in the goal of preserving the beautiful Iowa State Fairgrounds. It’s time to celebrate ”All Roads Lead to the Iowa State Fair” at the 22nd annual Corndog Kickoff Benefit Auction and Fair Food Grazing Party on Saturday, July 7th. Not only will you be able to sample all of your favorite foods, take home a complimentary photo, and ride on the Sky Glider, but you will also have the opportunity to bid on a variety of top-notch live and silent auction packages. This year's line-up includes: Prime seats in the newly renovated stage seating area of the Grandstand with tickets to Reba, Florida Georgia Line or Sugarland; a 3-night stay in a California wine country home along with a vineyard tour; the opportunity to put your name on the winding way from Grand Avenue to the stage area of Expo Hill; Chicago Cubs or St. Louis Cardinals game tickets; and something to crow about - a 12’ metal rooster.

    Event Schedule:
    6:30 P.M. Doors Open and Silent Auction
    8:00 P.M. Live Auction
    10:00 P.M. Fireworks by Flashing Thunder Fireworks Spectacular

    Price: Tickets are $100 prior to June 30 and increase to $125 on July 1. They can be purchased in advance or at the door. To purchase your tickets, contact the Blue Ribbon Foundation at 800-450-3732 or order online at