DES MOINES, Iowa – State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald says Iowans visiting the Iowa State Fair this year may be surprised to find their names at the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt booth. Fairgoers will be able to search for unclaimed property at the booth in the Varied Industries building. “Individuals will be able to search by their names and file a claim online during their visit to our booth,” Fitzgerald said. “Over the years, we have had tremendous success in reuniting people with their lost treasures at the Iowa State Fair and are looking forward to providing enhanced services this year.”
Fairgoers can also search the list for the names of their friends and family. “If you find the name of a friend or family member, you can share their unclaimed property information by email,” Fitzgerald added.
Over $376 million is waiting to be claimed in the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt. The program has returned over $266 million in unclaimed property to more than 592,000 people since Fitzgerald created it in 1983. Unclaimed property refers to money and other assets held by financial institutions or companies that have lost contact with the property’s owner for a specific period of time. State law requires these institutions and companies to annually report unclaimed property to the state treasurer’s office. The assets are then held until the owner or heir of the property is found. Common forms of unclaimed property include savings or checking accounts, stocks, uncashed checks, life insurance policies, utility security deposits and safe deposit box contents.
Stop by the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt booth at the Iowa State Fair, August 8-18 in the Varied Industries Building. The building will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Visit GreatIowaTreasureHunt.gov to begin your search. Keep up with all of our programs on social media (Facebook and Twitter @IowaTreasurer).