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Free Admission and Healthy Activities Kick Off Iowa State Fair Opening Day PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Richard Martin   
Tuesday, 07 August 2012 14:26

DES MOINES, IA (08/07/2012)(readMedia)-- WHAT: Fairgoers can take part in healthy activities and free admission on the Fair's opening day. A coupon featured in the August 5 Des Moines Sunday Register or the Wednesday, August 8 Des Moines Register full page Hy-Vee ad is required for free admission 6- 9 a.m. WHO Radio's Van and Bonnie will broadcast their show live from the Grand Concourse. Healthiest State Initiative activities will be ongoing between 6 a.m. and

8 a.m. Opening ceremonies will begin at 8 a.m., followed by Iowa's Largest ZUMBA® class. ZUMBA® is a Latin-inspired, calorie-burning dance fitness program. Other activities will include yoga by Hy-Vee Fitness, healthy breakfast demonstration by a Hy-Vee Chef, Fuel Up to Play 60 Kid Demo by the Dairy Council, ZUMBA® warm-up with Hy-Vee Triathlon, Iowa Senior Olympians, as well as giveaways and prizes.

WHEN: 6 – 9 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 9

WHERE: Iowa State Fairgrounds

Grand Concourse in front of The Des Moines Register Service Center

East 30th and East University, Des Moines

WHO: Iowa State Fair

Healthiest State Initiative

Hy-Vee, Inc.

2012 Iowa State Fair to End on an Entertaining Note PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Chappell   
Tuesday, 07 August 2012 08:24

DES MOINES, IA (08/06/2012)(readMedia)-- The 2012 Iowa State Fair is set to end on a high note on Extreme Sunday, August 19, with a boot tappin' Grandstand show and a full day of free entertainment. Plus, Fairgoers can take advantage of half-price gate admission, a chance to win prizes in the Iowa Lottery's "Mystery Millionaire" event, and free parking for carloads of five or more in the North Lot (until 9 p.m.). "Nothing Compares" to the Iowa State Fair, set August 9-19.


Since their inception in 1999, the trio of Rascal Flatts has released songs like "These Days," "Bless The Broken Road," "What Hurts The Most" and "Take Me There," some of the most successful music to come out of Nashville in recent years. They have placed 11 #1 singles and 20 Top 10 hits, seen every one of their studio albums go multi-platinum, and have become the most awarded vocal group in country music history with total sales at 20 million. Opening the 7 p.m. show is Little Big Town, Eli Young Band and Edens Edge.

Tickets are $59, on sale now through all Ticketmaster outlets, online at, by phone at 800/745-3000 and through the Iowa State Fair Ticket Office. Convenience charges will apply to all tickets. Grandstand tickets do not include admission to the Fair.


Here Come the Mummies is different from any other funk group and will see to it that they are the "funkiest" show around. The twelve members dress as Egyptian mummies and play "funk from beyond the grave." Here Come the Mummies will perform at 7:30 p.m. on the Anderson Erikson Dairy Stage.

From the hit NBC show The Sing Off, Street Corner Symphony brings a unique, southern soul sound to the Fair. The 6-piece Nashville-based a cappella group were runners-up on the second season of the show, which aired in December 2010. Catch them at 7 p.m. on the Anne and Bill Riley Stage.

To date, WAR has sold nearly 50 million records and has been honored with 17 gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards. Classic songs include, "Low Rider," "Slippin' Into Darkness" and "Why Can't We Be Friends?" Come rock out with the band at 8 p.m. on the Budweiser Stage.

Boyz II Men holds the distinction as the best-selling R&B group of all time, with an astounding 60 million albums sold. Most recently, Boyz II Men marked their 20th anniversary by releasing a landmark album, fittingly titled "Twenty," which debuted at number 20 on Billboard Magazine's Top 200 Albums Chart and number 4 on the R&B album chart. Listen to their classic hits at 7 p.m. on the Susan Knapp Amphitheater.

During the day, grab a seat at the Anne and Bill Riley Stage for Bill Riley's Talent Search Finals beginning at 1:30 p.m. Over 350 talented acts from across the state qualified to compete in this year's competition. Six Sprout Champions will be showcased in the Championship Show. In the Senior division, nine finalists will compete for the championship title.

In addition to all the musical talent, Fairgoers can also enjoy one final day of Fair food favorites, strolling act Bandaloni, The Red Trouser Show, exhilarating fun with the BMX Pros Trick Team, the Swampmaster's Gator Show, and the Bengal Tiger Encounter.


Fairgoers will have the chance to win up to $1,000 by being in the audience for the Iowa Lottery's "Mystery Millionaire" event! Fifteen audience members will win prizes from $250 to $1,000 during the Mystery Millionaire finale event on the Grand Concourse starting at 1 p.m. And one lucky Iowa Lottery player will win the promotion's $1 million grand prize.

Extreme Sunday is sponsored by WHO-TV 13, STAR 102.5, LAZER 103.3 and KIOA 93.3.

"Nothing Compares" to the 2012 Iowa State Fair, set August 9-19. Save money on advance admission tickets now through August 8 (while supplies last). For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or check out

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Simon announces state fair performance, events PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Justin Stofferahn   
Monday, 06 August 2012 14:31

SPRINGFIELD – Back by popular demand, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon and her band, Loose Gravel, will perform at the Illinois State Fair. The Carbondale-based blues and boogie band debuted at last year’s state fair and is the only group fronted by a constitutional officer to perform at the annual event. The band returns to the Miller Lite tent from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 15, Governor’s Day.

In addition to her Governor’s Day performance, Simon will deliver remarks on Local Officials Day, and on Ag Day, Simon will be honored by the Illinois Leadership Council for Agricultural Education with the “Perry Schneider Award for Special Recognition.” The award recognizes Simon’s dedication to and support of expanding agricultural awareness and education in Illinois.

Throughout the 10-day event, Simon will display a Mitsubishi iMiEV electric vehicle in her tent to promote green living. Visitors can play an interactive racing game and have their picture taken behind the wheel of the iMiEV – an electric vehicle produced in Bloomington-Normal. The photos will be available on Facebook.

Lt. Governor Simon’s tent is located at the intersection of Main Street and Brian Raney Avenue, next to the Emmerson Building and will be open Friday, August 10 to Sunday, August 19 from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.


EVENT: Local Officials Day remarks

DATE: Saturday, August 11

TIME: 4:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Director’s Lawn, Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Avenue, Springfield


EVENT: Ag Day award reception

DATE: Tuesday, August 14

TIME: 12:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Director’s Lawn, Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Avenue, Springfield


EVENT: Loose Gravel performance

DATE: Wednesday, August 15

TIME: 3:30-5:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Miller Lite tent, Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Avenue, Springfield

Newsboys' Peter Furler brings concert to the Quad Cities area PDF Print E-mail
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Written by New Anthem   
Monday, 06 August 2012 08:43

Peter Furler in Concert

With Guest: Phil Joel from Newsboys

7:00 PM Sunday, August 12

Reynolds United Methodist Church
313 West Edgington Street
Reynolds, IL 61279

Brought to you by:
Reynolds United Methodist Church


Tickets On Sale Now!


Tickets $25.00 general admission
Tickets are available by phone 309-781-8170
Or on iTickets


Doors open to the public at 6:00 PM.


See Peter Furler's "Reach" video:


Peter Furler Bio:
*Singer/Songwriter/Producer/Surfer/Motorcycle Enthusiast.
*Born in McLaren Vale, South Australia.
*Over 7 Million albums sold.
*27 Number 1 Hits.
*Founder and Lead Singer of the Newsboys.



Phil Joel Bio:
For over 17 years, New Zealander Phil Joel has been a mainstay in Contemporary Christian music with his upfront role as bass player and vocalist for the Newsboys along with the music of his six solo CDs. January 07’ marked a new chapter for Phil after announcing he would be stepping out of the band after thirteen years to focus on new music that would serve to support his growing desire for more hands on ministry.

Whether with his band or in an acoustic setting, Phil’s music is always delivered with a passion and a smile. He draws from his 6 solo albums and multiple Newsboys CD’s to communicate the story of a life radically changed by God.

Join us to see Peter Furler in Concert, with his special guest Phil Joel!

I hope to see you there!

Yours in Christ,

Timm Dalman

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Written by Aleshia Chiesa   
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 12:28

Fans of Ne-Yo, Stefano and Nelly Furtado – Listen Up! Win a Trip to See Your Fave

NorthPark and SouthPark Malls are partnering with three top artists to give away an exciting concert getaway.  It’s “Your Music, Your Choice.” If you win, you can pick who you want to see: Ne-Yo, Stefano or Nelly Furtado.

The process is simple. Guest 18 years of age and older can enter for a chance to win by visiting
between August 1st and September 3rd.  The winning shopper and the guest of his or her choice will receive roundtrip airfare and hotel accommodations to the concert or artist event of their choice.

Guests must enter online only by visiting for a chance to win.  We encourage our loyal shoppers to pick out the perfect concert attire and stop by NorthPark and SouthPark Malls as we prepare for back-to-school sales and events.

NorthPark Mall
320 W Kimberly Rd

SouthPark Mall
4500 16th Street
Moline, IL 61265

Guests can explore our retailer mix and get the most up-to-date information by


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