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Preserve the Allure of the Iowa State Fair PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jenna Beary   
Monday, 27 January 2014 10:26

DES MOINES, IA (01/27/2014)(readMedia)-- From ferris wheels, food on a stick and free entertainment, to premier livestock events, expansive art exhibits and the country's largest state fair food department, the Iowa State Fair has something for everyone. This year, Iowans can show their love for the Iowa State Fair on their tax returns and help the Fair continue to preserve the allure of the historic Fairgrounds.

Look for the State Fairgrounds Renovation Check Off on line 58b of Iowa Tax Form 1040 or on line 14 of Iowa Tax Form 1040A and check off $1 (or more!) to help preserve the historic Iowa State Fairgrounds. Your gift is either deducted from your refund or added to the amount due. Contributions to the Corndog Checkoff are fully tax-deductible.

"The Corndog Checkoff is a great and easy way for Iowans to support the Iowa State Fair. The Iowa State Fair would not be what it is today without the Corndog Checkoff. Thank you to thousands of Iowans who have supported the Corndog Checkoff in the past and we hope you will consider doing so again this year to preserve this great institution for future generations," said Blue Ribbon Foundation Executive Director Peter Cownie.

Every dollar donated to the Checkoff is directly allocated to capital improvements. The Corndog Checkoff has raised over $1.7 million, and has supplemented restoration projects from the Grandstand to the newly air conditioned Cultural Center. In addition, funds generated by the Checkoff have helped improve the campgrounds, parking areas, sidewalks and restrooms.

The Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. Since its inception in 1993, the Foundation has generated over $95 million for renovations and improvements to the Iowa State Fairgrounds. For more information on the Corndog Tax Checkoff, please contact the Blue Ribbon Foundation at (800) 450-3732 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Mallards Fall to Beast 4-3 in Overtime Sunday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Monday, 27 January 2014 10:10

BRAMPTON, Ontario (January 26, 2014) â€“ Andrew Fournier scored with just 27.8 seconds left in overtime to give the host Brampton Beast a 4-3 win over the Quad City Mallards Sunday.  With the victory- their first in six tries on home ice against the Mallards this season- Brampton (21-18-3, 45 points) moved one point ahead of Quad City (19-9-8) into sole possession of fifth place.

Fournier provided the winner by snapping home a centering pass from Rob Collins, who had a goal and two assists.

The Mallards, who did earn a single point for the sudden death setback, forced overtime when Matt Duffy scored a 5-on-3 power play goal from the left wing circle to even the score at three with 4:51 left in regulation.

The Beast emerged with a 3-2 lead from a ninety second stretch that produced three goals early in the second period.  Collins kick-started the fireworks by breaking a 1-1 deadlock with a one timer from the right wing circle at 2:56 of the second.  Just 46 seconds later the Mallards’ Thomas Frazee scored from the slot to knot the score at two, but Steve Makway’s blast from the high slot would put Brampton back on top only 44 seconds after Frazee’s equalizer.  

 

Justin Fox gave the Mallards a 1-0 lead from the right wing circle at 4:44 of the first period.  The Beast tied the game when Tylor Michel buried Matt Caruana’s centering pass at 9:13 of the first.

The Mallards next play at home Friday night at 7:05 p.m. against the Tulsa Oilers.  Friday is another $1 Dog/$1 Beer Night presented by 97X.  $1 hot dogs and beers will be available at iWireless Center concession stands during each of the Mallards’ 11 Friday night home games this season.

Tickets for Friday night’s game and all Mallards regular season home games can be purchased at the iWireless Center ticket office, Ticketmaster outlets, through ticketmaster.com or through Ticketmaster charge-by-phone toll free at 1-800-745-3000.  The ticket office is open weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and on game days from 10:00 a.m. until the start of the second period.

 
Rimmer, Mallards Shut Down Brampton 3-0 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Monday, 27 January 2014 09:45

BRAMPTON, Ontario (January 24, 2014) â€“ Ty Rimmer made 35 saves on the way to his second shutout and Thomas Frazee scored one goal and assisted on another as the Quad City Mallards blanked the host Brampton Beast 3-0 Friday night.  With the victory- the Mallards’ second in as many nights over the same opposition- Quad City (18-9-7, 43 points) improved to 5-0-0 in Brampton this season and moved into a fifth place tie with the Beast (20-18-3, 43 points).

The Mallards were on the power play when Benjamin Dieude-Fauvel’s blast from the right point opened the scoring at 6:02 of the first period.

Mike Stinziani doubled the Mallard advantage just eight seconds into the second period by swooping into the goalmouth to sweep the puck home.

Frazee crashed the net to snuff out any remaining Brampton comeback hopes at 11:04 of the third period.  

  

Rimmer was at his spectacular best in the third, turning aside 22 shots in the final frame.

Also tonight, Mallard captain Darren McMillan played his five hundredth career game.  The Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, native has scored 35 goals, picked up 148 assists and totaled 183 points over nine professional seasons.  McMillan has played 241 games for the Mallards over the last five seasons. 

The Mallards and Beast meet again Sunday in Brampton.  The Mallards next play at home next Friday, January 31 at 7:05 p.m. against the Tulsa Oilers.  Next Friday is another $1 Dog/$1 Beer Night presented by 97X.  $1 hot dogs and beers will be available at iWireless Center concession stands during each of the Mallards’ 11 Friday night home games this season.

Tickets for next Friday night’s game and all Mallards regular season home games can be purchased at the iWireless Center ticket office, Ticketmaster outlets, through ticketmaster.com or through Ticketmaster charge-by-phone toll free at 1-800-745-3000.  The ticket office is open weekdays from10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and on game days from 10:00 a.m.until the start of the second period.

 
SEVEN BANDITS ALUMNI AMONG TOP 100 MLB PROSPECTS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Friday, 24 January 2014 15:31

In 2013, Quad Cities had four of the top 52 prospects, matching the most of any team in Minor League Baseball

DAVENPORT, Iowa (JAN. 24, 2014) – In the last three seasons at Modern Woodmen Park, the Quad Cities River Bandits have twice achieved the highest team honor as Midwest League Champions, and soon the brightest stars of the franchise's last three years may be shining on major league diamonds.

Seven River Bandits of the last three seasons are among the top 100 prospects in all of baseball, according to rankings by MLB.com announced Thursday night. Among the top 52 prospects are four players from the 2013 River Bandits squad, which matched the most of any team in Minor League Baseball last season. No other Midwest League team had more than one of the top 63 prospects play on its roster during the 2013 season.

Among other notes, 2013 All-Star shortstop Carlos Correa was the only one of the top 22 baseball prospects to spend the entire season on one minor league club's roster. Correa and 2013 All-Star pitcher Lance McCullers were the only top-100 prospects to spend the entire season as teammates on a Midwest League club's roster.

In their first year of a new affiliation with the Houston Astros, the River Bandits became the first Minor League Baseball club in history to have back-to-back No. 1 overall draft picks on the same team, as 2012 No. 1 overall pick Carlos Correa and 2013 No. 1 overall pick Mark Appel appeared together in the Quad Cities. Earlier this week, Correa and Appel were among five 2013 River Bandits to be ranked among the top seven prospects in the Houston Astros organization by Baseball America.

Below are the Quad Cities alumni among the top 100 prospects, according to MLB.com:

Oscar Taveras, No. 3 MLB prospect, No. 2 outfield prospect, No. 1 St. Louis Cardinals prospect

As a 19-year-old in 2011, Taveras won the Midwest League batting title by hitting for a .386 average in 78 games with the River Bandits. The native of Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, was a key piece of the first Quad Cities team in 21 years to win a Midwest League Championship that fall. In 2012, Taveras won another championship and was the St. Louis Cardinals Minor League Player of the Year at Double-A Springfield. Injuries limited Taveras to 47 games – all but one at Triple-A Memphis – in 2013.

Carlos Correa, No. 8 MLB prospect, No. 3 shortstop prospect, No. 1 Houston Astros prospect

At 18 years old, the Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico, native led all Houston Astros full-season minor leaguers with a .320 batting average and was the youngest player on the Midwest League Postseason All-Star team in 2013. Correa was also the youngest player in the Midwest League All-Star Game and SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game in New York, where he was the first-ever River Bandits position player to appear while on the Quad Cities roster. He led the Midwest League with a .872 on-base-plus-slugging (OPS).

Mark Appel, No. 17 MLB prospect, No. 6 right-handed pitcher prospect, No. 2 Houston Astros prospect

The No. 1 overall pick of the 2013 draft made his Class-A debut with the River Bandits July 14 and made his final eight starts of his first professional season with Quad Cities. The Stanford University graduate earned his first three professional wins in a River Bandits uniform, including the playoff-clinching game Aug. 25. The Astros' top pitching prospect remained with the team for its playoff run to the sixth Midwest League Championship in franchise history.

Jonathan Singleton, No. 50 MLB prospect, No. 1 first base prospect, No. 4 Houston Astros prospect

Singleton started his 2013 season with the River Bandits May 28 and homered in each of his first three games. After his first six games with Quad Cities, he was promoted to Double-A Corpus Christi, where the Lakewood, Calif., native played 11 games before being promoted to Triple-A Oklahoma City for the entire second half of the season. Singleton is now on the Houston Astros 40-man roster entering spring training.

Lance McCullers, No. 52 MLB prospect, No. 5 Houston Astros prospect

The Astros' top pitching prospect entering the 2013 season and the team's first supplemental round pick of 2012 pitched his first full season with the River Bandits. At 19 years old, the Tampa, Fla., native was the starting pitcher for the Western Division in the Midwest League All-Star Game and earned his first six professional victories with Quad Cities. McCullers was third in the league with a 2.08 ERA in the first half, and he finished the year with 117 strikeouts, good for fifth in the Midwest League.

Kolten Wong, No. 58 MLB prospect, No. 1 second base prospect, No. 2 St. Louis Cardinals prospect

The Cardinals' first-round pick in 2011, Wong made his professional debut and played his first season with the River Bandits. In 47 games, he hit for a .335 average. The Hilo, Hawaii, native earned his first of two consecutive minor league championships with Quad Cities, which went 7-0 in the postseason in 2011. Wong advanced to Double-A Springfield in 2012 and Triple-A Memphis in 2013, before making his major league debut with St. Louis Aug. 16 and was part of the Cardinals' roster that reached the 2013 World Series.

Stephen Piscotty, No. 98 MLB prospect, No. 3 St. Louis Cardinals prospect

Selected in the first supplemental round of the 2012 draft by St. Louis, Piscotty played his first professional season with the River Bandits. In 55 games, the Stanford University product hit for a .295 average and assembled a 16-game hitting streak that was tied for fourth-longest in the Midwest League in 2012. He switched from third base to the outfield in 2013, when he hit .295 in 112 games for Class-A advanced Palm Beach and Double-A Springfield.

The River Bandits will open the 2014 Midwest League season at Modern Woodmen Park Thursday, April 3. A full schedule of home and road games for 2014 is available at www.riverbandits.com, and ticket plans for the 2014 season are now on sale.

UP NEXT: Call today to reserve a Valentine's Day dinner at Modern Woodmen Park for Friday, Feb. 14, orSaturday, Feb. 15. Couples can enjoy a gourmet four-course dinner in a private luxury suite or take in the spectacular views of the ballpark, Centennial Bridge, Mississippi River and downtown Davenport from a table in the glass-enclosed, climate-controlled Sky Deck. Reservations are due Thursday, Feb. 6, by calling 563-324-3000. To order ticket plans - with new lower prices - for next season, call the River Bandits box office at 563-324-3000 or visit www.riverbandits.com to download the season ticket order form. Season ticket and mini-plan packages start at just seven games and begin at less than $40. Call a River Bandits account representative today to choose your seats and get the details of our various mini-plan packages.

 
Experience the thrill of an Olympic Alpine Slalom Course PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ski Snowstar Winter Sports Park   
Friday, 24 January 2014 14:27
WHAT: Modified Giant Slalom Format Course
WHEN: Monday Evenings
RACE TIME: 6:30PM - 7:30PM
COST: $5.00 per person (Pre-pay in the Welcome Center)
Run the course as many times as time permits. Results will be posted in the Lower Lodge Level

The Final Night of Races Will Include SPECIAL SURPRISES (don't miss out).

A downhill snow race course is an alpine skiing and alpine snowboarding discipline, involving moving quickly between poles (gates) spaced at certain distances. A Slalom course is much closer together than in Giant Slalom, Super-G or Downhill, thereby causing quicker and shorter turns. Our course is a combination of a Slalom and Giant Slalom (GS) setup known as a modified GS Format.

No previous experience necessary!

(All Proceeds Support the Snowstar Youth Race Team)

 
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