Iowa State Fair Seeks “My State Fair” Stories
Thursday, July 9, 2015 Des Moines, IA
We want to know what makes the Iowa State Fair special to you. Did you meet your spouse at the Iowa State Fair? Do you have an Iowa State Fair family tradition? Are there concerts you must see and food you must eat each year? Each experience at the Iowa State Fair is unique and the Iowa State Fair is looking for “My State Fair” stories like this:
Margo Fox met her husband, Chris, during the Iowa State Fair in 1989, and they were engaged three years later. “We said ‘Wouldn’t it be fun to get married at the Fair?’ So I called and asked if that was possible and they said yes,” said Fox. “We were married on the final Saturday of the Fair in 1992. We had to schedule around the chainsaw sculptures because of the noise and crowd.”
As a way to give back to the Iowa State Fair for allowing them to get married during the Fair, Margo started volunteering for the Bill Riley Talent Show selling raffle tickets. She continues to volunteer for the Blue Ribbon Foundation today, “In 1993, the Blue Ribbon Foundation was founded and they called and said they heard I volunteered for Bill Riley and asked if I would volunteer for them. I believe I am the original volunteer for the Blue Ribbon Foundation.”
Every year, Margo and Chris make it a point to ride the Sky Glider and visit the First Church, where they were married. Along with volunteering for the Foundation, Margo also makes sure to attend a concert and take a trip down the Giant Slide.
Like Margo, we know the Iowa State Fair is special to many people for many different reasons. We want to hear your “My State Fair” story. To share your story, visit our website at iowastatefair.org/mystatefair. The deadline for submitting stories is July 24, 2015. Your story may be used by the Iowa State Fair for promotional purposes, but not without your written permission. Filming for the 2016 advertising campaign will take place during the 2015 Iowa State Fair, August 13-23.
About the Iowa State Fair
Frequently ranked as one of the top events in the country, the Iowa State Fair is the single largest event in the state of Iowa and one of the oldest and largest agricultural and industrial expositions in the country. Annually attracting more than a million people from all over the world, the Iowa State Fair located at East 30th and East University, just 10 minutes from downtown Des Moines is Iowa’s greatest celebration with a salute to the best in agriculture, industry, entertainment and achievement. “Nothing Compares” to the 2015 Iowa State Fair, August 13-23, 2015. For more information, visit www.iowastatefair.org.