Corndog Kickoff!

For the past 16 years, the Blue Ribbon Foundation, a fundraising body for the Iowa State Fairgrounds, has held a Corn Dog Kickoff which supports its annual fair that is held in August. I went to the event, which is a major fundraiser and includes a live and silent auction, food stalls and merchandise stands. All the items are donated by businesses or privately with the smaller items going into the silent auction and the bigger value items in the live auction. Two of the items in the live auction made $20,000! One was a handcrafted wooden table, the other a tour of the Barilla pasta factory in Northern Iowa, plus a meal cooked by a professional chef afterwards.
There was so much food there I think I almost burst trying all the different things! There were deep fried Oreos, funnel cakes, hot beef sundaes, giant Turkey legs, fairy floss, apples with caramel sauce, sweet and salty popcorn and fairy floss (just to name a few), and of course the ever popular corn dog, or Dagwood dog as we would call them in Australia. What a great way to experience American state fair culture!

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