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New Fun at the 2013 Iowa State Fair PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Chappell   
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 14:12

DES MOINES, IA (07/10/2013)(readMedia)-- "Happiness Is" all the new and thrilling things to see, do and taste at the 2013 Iowa State Fair. New Fair entertainment, attractions and contests are available in addition to the many Fair favorites like the Ye Old Mill, Hog Calling Contest and classic corndogs. "Nothing Compares" to the array of exciting adventures that await Fairgoers August 8-18.

Entertainment

Audiences will be wowed with the many new high energy attractions available all 11 fun-filled days of the Fair. Fairgoers of all ages can find something to make them happy.

The Budweiser Stage has found a new home, and is now located directly west of the Richard O. Jacobson Exhibition Center. Music fans can rock out with an even larger crowd. This year's Budweiser Stage will feature rock stars like Foghat, Blue Öyster Cult, Skid Row, L.A. Guns and more!

Two new acts performing at Expo Hill will amaze audiences with their advanced skills. Team Rock is a group of national champion extreme breaking experts. Prepare to be amazed as street-performing circus duo Mango and Dango combine technical skills, comedy, chance and circumstance into acts of hilarity and dexterity. Watch as the pair blends acrobatics, dance and danger to create a circus experience no one will want to miss!

More family fun is not hard to find in the expanded Kids' Zone – a special area with rides, games and entertainment, all planned to excite our young Fairgoers! The Timberworks Lumberjack Show highlights talented tree choppers who offer feats of strength like axe throwing, underhanded chopping, log rolling, cross-cut sawing, hot sawing and chainsaw carving. Join in the hands-on weekday activities at one of the many Blue Ribbon Kids' events, or roll up your sleeves to enjoy daily crafts for kids at the newly relocated Art Attack. Kids can even enjoy the new Kangaroo Jumper and Krazy Maze, both at an extra cost.

Even a Fair classic like the Midway has been improved for 2013. In addition to the 40 thrilling and exciting rides in the Belle City Amusements Midway, the newly restored Moonraker offers a unique spin on fun. The only one in North America, the Moonraker sends Fairgoers 70 feet into the sky at angles upwards of 90 degrees.

Opening Day

Fairgoers will have a chance to give back to the community by packing meals on Opening Day, August 8. In partnership with Meals from the Heartland, the Iowa Soybean Association, the Iowa Food and Family Project and GROWMARK, the Fair is hosting an event to package 250,000 meals. To reach our goal, the Fair needs approximately 1500 volunteers to package meals for one hour shifts from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. To make a monetary donation or to sign up to volunteer your time, please visit iowastatefair.org.

Ag Education and Livestock

Not only does the Iowa State Fair pride itself on showcasing some of the finest livestock and crops in the country but also for providing Fairgoers with quality education on the importance of agriculture in Iowa's future.

Two new equine events join the Fair's already large host of horse competitions and entertainment. Cowboy mounted shooting demonstrations, one of the fastest growing equestrian sports in the country, will come to the Fair on Friday, August 9. Fairgoers can also cheer on their favorite team at the Supreme Six-Horse Hitch on Tuesday, August 13, and Sunday, August 18 at the Richard O. Jacobson Exhibition Center.

The newly expanded AgVenture Discovery Trail features ten stops that will impress young Fairgoers and teach them about Iowa's agricultural commodities. Kids can begin their journey at any of the 11 Information Booths throughout the Fairgrounds, at the Food and Family Project booth in the South Atrium of the Varied Industries Building or at the USDA booth in the Agriculture Building.

Contests

The Elwell Family Food Center is home to the largest foods department in the nation with 890 contests, 41 of which are new this year. New contests include Blue Ribbon Baked Beans, My Tractor Cake, Grandma's Corn Casserole and more. The first place chef in the Kenmore Honored Harvest Time Recipes Contest will win a $5,000 kitchen makeover, a trip to the New York City Wine and Food Festival to cook with celebrity chefs and their recipe in the Kenmore 100th Anniversary Cookbook.

More Improvements

The 127-year-old Fairgrounds received a few updates for the 2013 Fair as well. As part of its ongoing renovation, the Cultural Center will now be partly air conditioned, with full completion of the project in 2014. A family restroom was also added to the building, which houses the largest art show in the state. The building is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. A new restroom located near the North Lot will also be completed in time for this year's Fair.

"Nothing Compares" to the 2013 Iowa State Fair, August 8-18. The Fairgrounds are located at East 30th and East University Avenue, just 10 minutes east of downtown Des Moines. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit www.iowastatefair.org.

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RIVER BANDITS HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS JULY 10-15 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 08:43

Mick Foley appearance, bobblehead giveaway, fireworks show headline


DAVENPORT, Iowa (JULY 10, 2013) – The Quad Cities River Bandits host the Bowling Green Hot Rods and Dayton Dragons for a six-game home stand from Wednesday, July 10, through Monday, July 15, at Modern Woodmen Park. Below are the highlights of promotions and events for the home stand.

 

Fans attending the 2013 John Deere Classic can receive a coupon at the tournament, redeemable at the River Bandits box office for $2 off general admission for any game during the home stand.

 

Wednesday, July 10, 7:00 p.m. (Gates 5:30 p.m.) Sponsors: US Bank, Mix96

John Deere Classic Celebration – The River Bandits will give away any-day passes to the John Deere Classic throughout the game.

Golf Night – Golf-themed prizes and music throughout the night.

Pay Your Bill Wednesday – Fans can enter a copy of an unpaid bill into a drawing on the concourse, and if it is selected, the River Bandits will pay the bill up to $100.

IHMVCU BOGO Kids Tickets – By presenting a membership card or debit card at the box office, IHMVCU members can receive two free kids general admission tickets with the purchase of one adult general admission ticket.

 

Thursday, July 11, 7:00 p.m. (Gates 5:30 p.m.)

Sponsors: Quad-City Times, The Quad Cities’ CW, River Cities’ Reader, Rock 104-9

Mick Foley Appearance – WWE Hall of Fame wrestler Mick Foley will be at the game to toss out a first pitch and sign autographs for fans in the Sports Lounge on the concourse.

Pro Wrestling Night – Wrestling-themed music.

Thirst-Day Thursday – Fans can enjoy $2 drink specials during the game.

IHMVCU BOGO Tickets – By presenting a membership card or debit card at the box office, IHMVCU members can receive a free general admission ticket with the purchase of one general admission ticket.

 

Friday, July 12, 7:00 p.m. (Gates 5:30 p.m.) Sponsors: Eastern Iowa Toyota Dealers, Bridgeway Auto Parts, WLLR, WQAD

- Beach Ball and Koozie Giveaway presented by Bridgeway Auto Parts – The first 500 adults will receive a free koozie, while the first 500 kids will receive a free beach ball.

- T-Shirt Giveaway presented by Susan G. Komen – For the first 1,000 fans.

- Game Show Night – Enter-to-win prizes for Michael’s Fun World, Annie Wittenmyer Pool, Buffalo Wild Wings, Chuck E. Cheese, Pepperjacks, and the classic board games Candy Land and Sorry.

- Friday Fireworks presented by Eastern Iowa Toyota Dealers – following the game.

 

Saturday, July 13, 7:00 p.m. (Gates 5:30 p.m.) Sponsors: EmbroidMe, Quad-City Times

- Billy Wagner Bobblehead Giveaway presented by EmbroidMe – For the first 2,000 fans.

- Fan Appreciation Saturday

 

Sunday, July 14, 5:00 p.m. (Gates 3:30 p.m.) Sponsors: HyVee, KWQC, B100

- Flat Screen Family Sunday – fans can enter a drawing on the concourse to win a free flat-screen TV. Winners will be announced during half-inning breaks of the game.

- HyVee Tote Bag Giveaway – for the first 1,000 fans through the gates.

- Bark in the Park – Dogs are welcome to the game on the Modern Woodmen Berm in left field.

Kids Run the Bases – Kids can run around the bases at Modern Woodmen Park after the game.

Post-game Kids Club Event – Kids Club members will join River Bandits players in making Dirt Cups with oreo crumplings, pudding and gummy worms.

 

Monday, July 15, 1:00 p.m. (Gates 11:30 a.m.) Sponsors: 97X

- Munchie Monday – All-you-can-eat hot dogs, nachos, peanuts and popcorn is available with a $15 wristband at the box office.

- Senior Day – preregistered senior citizens will receive a box lunch and a ticket to the game in the Sky Deck for $11. The Sky Deck is a climate-controlled room on the suite level along the left-field foul line.

Kids Camp Day – Campers receive a box seat ticket plus a hot dog and soda voucher for $7.

Funtown Gone Crazy – fans can purchase a wristband at the Zip Line or Mediacom Frog Hopper for an all-you-can-ride pass to both rides for only $10.

 

Tickets are available at the Modern Woodmen Park box office, by calling 563-324-3000 or online at www.riverbandits.com.

 

ABOUT THE BANDITS: The River Bandits ownership is making one of the biggest improvements to Modern Woodmen Park since the ballpark was first built back in 1931! A new Ferris wheel, standing 112 feet over the playing field, is planned for next spring, along with a carousel and other new games and attractions. This season, the team just unveiled a new 300-foot long dual zip line, a rock climbing wall, a Mediacom Frog Hopper, and a number of new bounce houses . The team also boasts a new major league affiliate, the Houston Astros, and fans can see the first team in Minor League Baseball history with back-to-back No. 1 overall draft picks – 2012 top pick Carlos Correa and 2013 top pick Mark Appel, as well as 2012 first-round draft choice Lance McCullers. With new rides, new attractions, new improvements, a new affiliate and future major league stars, the second half of this season is one every fan will not want to miss!

 

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NO. 1 OVERALL PICK APPEL TO JOIN RIVER BANDITS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Tuesday, 09 July 2013 15:07

Quad Cities set to become first-ever Minor League Baseball team with back-to-back No. 1 picks

DAVENPORT, Iowa (JULY 9, 2013) – Right-handed pitcher Mark Appel, the No. 1 overall pick by the Houston Astros in the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, will join the Quad Cities River Bandits Wednesday before their six-game home stand at Modern Woodmen Park, the Astros announced on Tuesday. With 2012 No. 1 overall pick Carlos Correa, the River Bandits are set to become the first team in Minor League Baseball history with consecutive No. 1 overall picks on the same roster.

The Houston Astros selected Appel out of Stanford University with the top pick of the draft on June 6. He signed with the Astros and was introduced at a press conference June 19 at Minute Maid Park. Appel made his professional debut July 5 with the short-season Class-A Tri-City ValleyCats of the New York-Penn League. In two starts July 5 and July 9, Appel pitched five total innings, allowed six hits, two earned runs and no walks while striking out six batters.

At Stanford for four seasons, Appel is the all-time Cardinal leader with 372 career strikeouts. He finished his career with the fourth-most innings pitched (377 2/3) and sixth-most wins (28) in program history. In 2012, he was named the National Pitcher of the Year by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. This year, he finished 10-4 with four complete games and a 2.12 ERA and was a Louisville Slugger First Team All-American. He was the Pac-12 Baseball Scholar Athlete of the Year and earned his degree in management science and engineering.

The 21-year-old Appel was a Houston-area native before moving to California at age 12. He graduated from Monte Vista (Calif.) High School. Previously selected by the Detroit Tigers (15th round, 2009) and Pittsburgh Pirates (first round, No. 8 overall, 2012), Appel was named the top prospect in the 2013 draft by MLB.com.

Since the June amateur draft began in 1965, four Minor League Baseball teams have had two No. 1 picks on their roster at the same time, but Quad Cities is the first to have consecutive No. 1 overall picks on the same roster.

Team League Level MLB Club Year Player (Year drafted No. 1 overall)

Tidewater Tides International League Triple-A New York Mets 1970 C Steven Chilcott (1966), SS Tim Foli (1968)

Hawaii Islanders Pacific Coast League Triple-A San Diego Padres 1975 3B Dave Roberts (1972), SS Bill Almon (1974)

Lynn Sailors Eastern League Double-A Seattle Mariners 1981 OF Al Chambers (1979), RHP Mike Moore (1981)

Quad Cities River Bandits Midwest League Class-A Houston Astros 2013 SS Carlos Correa (2012), RHP Mark Appel (2013)

The River Bandits open their six-game homestand at 7 p.m. Wednesday against the Bowling Green Hot Rods at Modern Woodmen Park.

UP NEXT: Golf Night and the John Deere Classic Celebration open the River Bandits' six-game homestand Wednesday against the Bowling Green Hot Rods at Modern Woodmen Park. Fans can also enter copies of the bills into a drawing to be one of the two paid up to $100 by the River Bandits on a Pay Your Bill Wednesday presented by U.S. Bank and Mix 96. Single-game tickets are on sale at the River Bandits box office at Modern Woodmen Park, by phone at 563-324-3000 and online at www.riverbandits.com. Season ticket and mini-plan packages start at just seven games and begin at less than $50. Call a River Bandits account representative today to choose your seats and get the details of our various mini-plan packages.

 
BANDITS HIT 3 HOMERS IN 12-5 WIN OVER COUGARS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Tuesday, 09 July 2013 12:27

Brian Blasik hits second grand slam of the season, Rio Ruiz finishes a triple shy of the cycle

GENEVA, Ill. (JULY 7, 2013) – For the first time this season, three Quad Cities River Bandits homered in the same game, as catcher Roberto Pena, second baseman Brian Blasik and third baseman Rio Ruiz each went deep among the visitors' 13 hits in a 12-5 victory over the Kane County Cougars at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark Sunday afternoon.

Quad Cities (12-5 second half, 50-36 overall) had its highest run total since a season-high 17 runs against Great Lakes on April 30 and won for the 13th time in 17 meetings with Kane County (4-13, 34-49). Left-hander Colton Cain (4-5) allowed a first-inning run but retired 13 of 14 batters in one stretch and posted a season-high six strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings for his first second-half win.

Pena tied the game in the second inning on a one-out home run to the picnic deck in left field off right-hander Tayler Scott (4-4). The home run was Pena's fourth of the season and second against the Cougars. He is 20-for-49 (.408) in 12 games against Kane County.

Quad Cities took the lead in the third inning, as left fielder Dan Gulbransen and designated hitter Jesse Wierzbicki hit back-to-back RBI doubles for a 3-1 lead. Meanwhile, Cain held the Cougars off the board through the fifth inning, retiring 13 of 14 batters in one stretch and posting a season-high six strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. He was charged with four runs, two earned, on five hits and three walks.

In the sixth inning, Ruiz hit a one-out single, and shortstop Austin Elkins drew a two-out walk to chase Scott. Right-hander Armando Rivero entered and walked first baseman Jobduan Morales to load the bases for Blasik, who hit his second home run – and second grand slam – of the season on a line drive over the left-field fence, extending the Quad Cities lead to 7-1.

The Cougars tallied three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, with third baseman Jeimer Candelario hitting an RBI double, and two more runs scoring when center fielder Jordan Scott threw a ball into the third-base stands after catching a fly ball. Kane County closed within 7-5 in the seventh inning, as right-hander Gera Sanchez yielded a sacrifice fly to Cougars first baseman Dan Vogelbach. Left-hander Mitchell Lambson got the final out of the inning and worked 1 1/3 scoreless frames.

Ruiz leading off the eighth inning and added an RBI double in the ninth inning to finish a triple shy of the cycle. Wierzbicki added a two-run double in the ninth inning. With a 12-5 lead, right-hander Chia-Jen Lo retired all three hitters he faced.

Sunday's victory lifted Quad Cities to match its season high of 14 games over .500 and also means The Captain's Table at 4801 River Drive in Moline will offer The Captain's Table Victory Discount on Monday, July 8. Anyone who mentions the River Bandits victory can receive a free appetizer or dessert with the purchase of two lunches or dinners with beverages on Monday, July 8. Quad Cities will face Kane County in the deciding game of the five-game series at noon Monday, when River Bandits right-hander Lance McCullers (4-4) faces Cougars left-hander Michael Heesch (3-7).

UP NEXT: Golf Night and the John Deere Classic Celebration open the River Bandits' six-game homestand Wednesday against the Bowling Green Hot Rods at Modern Woodmen Park. Fans can also enter copies of the bills into a drawing to be one of the two paid up to $100 by the River Bandits on a Pay Your Bill Wednesday presented by U.S. Bank and Mix 96. Single-game tickets are on sale at the River Bandits box office at Modern Woodmen Park, by phone at 563-324-3000 and online at www.riverbandits.com. Season ticket and mini-plan packages start at just seven games and begin at less than $50. Call a River Bandits account representative today to choose your seats and get the details of our various mini-plan packages.

 
HAUSCHILD, BANDITS SILENCE COUGARS IN 5-0 WIN PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Tuesday, 09 July 2013 12:26

Quad Cities pitches second shutout in four games to snap four-game losing streak at Kane County

GENEVA, Ill. (JULY 6, 2013) – Right-hander Mike Hauschild pitched a career-best seven shutout innings, and center fielder Teoscar Hernandez, left fielder Dan Gulbransen and first baseman Jobduan Morales each had two hits for the Quad Cities River Bandits in a 5-0 victory over the Kane County Cougars at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark Saturday night.

Hauschild (6-1) did not allow a baserunner until a third-inning, one-out single by Cougars catcher Carlos Escobar and faced just two batters over the minimum while limiting Kane County to three hits and never allowing a runner to reach second base. He worked four separate 1-2-3 innings Saturday and has pitched 12 consecutive scoreless innings in his last two starts.

Quad Cities (11-5 second half, 49-36 overall) scored in each of the second through fifth innings against Cougars right-hander Jose Rosario (0-5), who allowed all five runs on six hits and four walks with just one strikeout. The visitors took a second-inning lead after second baseman Austin “Catfish” Elkins worked a two-out walk, stole second base and scored on a double by Morales.

In the third inning, Hernandez hit a leadoff single, and right fielder Jordan Scott lined a double to left-center field. The throw to home plate was too late to get Hernandez and allowed Scott to move to third base, past which Cougars catcher Carlos Escobar threw the ball for an error, allowing Scott to score on the play for a 3-0 Quad Cities lead.

In the fourth inning, Elkins worked the second of his three walks with one out, and Rosario proceeded to walk Morales and second baseman Brian Blasik to load the bases. Hernandez then hit into a fielder's choice that brought home the run. In the next inning, Gulbransen, who earned his first Midwest League hit with a first-inning single, hit a leadoff triple to center field and scored two batters later on a sacrifice fly from third baseman Rio Ruiz that made it 5-0.

Kane County had its three singles scattered against Hauschild in the third, fourth and fifth innings. None advanced into scoring position, but the Cougars drew two eighth-inning walks against right-hander Daniel Minor, who moved the runners to second and third bases with a wild pitch but struck out the side his first inning of work since June 23. Right-hander Chia-Jen Lo had two strikeouts in a perfect ninth inning and was the final pitcher in the River Bandits' second shutout win in the last four games and first road shutout of the season.

Saturday's victory snapped the River Bandits' four-game losing streak in Kane County and also means The Captain's Table at 4801 River Drive in Moline will offer The Captain's Table Victory Discount on Sunday, July 7. Anyone who mentions the River Bandits victory can receive a free appetizer or dessert with the purchase of two lunches or dinners with beverages on Sunday, July 7.

Quad Cities will face Kane County in Game 4 of the five-game series at 1 p.m. Sunday, when River Bandits left-hander Colton Cain (3-5) faces Cougars right-hander Tayler Scott (4-3).

UP NEXT: Golf Night and the John Deere Classic Celebration open the River Bandits' six-game homestand Wednesday against the Bowling Green Hot Rods at Modern Woodmen Park. Fans can also enter copies of the bills into a drawing to be one of the two paid up to $100 by the River Bandits on a Pay Your Bill Wednesday presented by U.S. Bank and Mix 96. Single-game tickets are on sale at the River Bandits box office at Modern Woodmen Park, by phone at 563-324-3000 and online at www.riverbandits.com. Season ticket and mini-plan packages start at just seven games and begin at less than $50. Call a River Bandits account representative today to choose your seats and get the details of our various mini-plan packages.

 
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