State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald wants to encourage everyone to visit Great Iowa Treasure Hunt and College Savings Iowa at the Iowa State Fair this year.
A stop at the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt booth might be worthwhile, as fair goers could find their names among the hundreds of thousands of individuals with unclaimed property. “Over the years we have had tremendous success in reuniting people with their lost treasures,” said Fitzgerald. “Last year, over 8,500 people were successful in finding their name or that of someone they knew.” The booth will have computers set up for people to search for their names or for someone they know. “Staff will be available to answer questions and to help treasure hunters print claim forms,” Fitzgerald added.
Treasurer Fitzgerald also wants to remind Iowans to stop by the College Savings Iowa booth to register for a chance to win the College Savings Iowa $5,290 Fall Giveaway for their child or grandchild. “We want to encourage families to start saving early,” Fitzgerald said. “Saving ahead of time may reduce a need to borrow to cover educational expenses, which can help parents and their children get through college with less debt.” Staff will be on hand to answer any questions about the plan.