Surprise! 'The View' co-host gets VIP treatment on her special day

On Friday's live episode of "The View," co-host Sara Haines received a birthday surprise that hit close to home.MORE: 8-year-old girl surprised with birthday party thanks

to strangers on TikTok Ahead of her 45th birthday on Sunday, Sept. 18, co-host Joy Behar helped orchestrate an Iowa-themed birthday celebration for the blissfully unaware

Haines. After asking what her birthday plans were this weekend, Behar cued the crew to bring a little slice of Iowa to the daytime talk show. In under a minute, the set

transformed into an Iowa State Fair as the Iowa State University Cyclone Marching Band stormed the stage. Plates of classic fair foods were brought out by crew members wearing

shirts saying, "Iowans Do It Butter." MORE: Move over Iowa. New Jersey Democrats vie to hold early presidential primary. The co-hosts enjoyed fresh lemonade, corn in

husks, corn dogs, funnel cakes and chips topped with Maytag blue cheese. They also got to try the “OMG” Chicken Sandwich – a battered chicken breast coated in sugar and corn

flakes and served on a glazed donut – and Taco Johns' tacos and potato olés. As the cherry on top of the Iowa-themed birthday celebration, "The View" had one more

surprise in store for Haines. Since she's often expressed the pride she feels for her hometown of Newton in Iowa, the city's Mayor Michael Hansen officially proclaimed her

birthday, Sept. 18, "Sara Haines Day." "Are you kidding me?!" Haines said in disbelief. "That is so cool!" She joked, "We're moving home kids. I'm a big deal in

Newton!"