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Awards Given at Iowa State Fair PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Chappell   
Monday, 26 August 2013 12:04

DES MOINES, IA (08/23/2013)(readMedia)

Awards Given at Iowa State Fair Horseshoe Tournament

Competitors participated in the Iowa State Men's Championship division of the Horseshoe Pitching Tournament Sunday at the 2013 Iowa State Fair.

The State Fair hosts Horseshoe Pitching every Fair day. Division winners are crowned daily. All Horseshoe Pitching competitions take place on the clay courts just east of Farm Bureau Pioneer Hall.

Complete results below:

Championship Class

1) Dave Mittlestadt, Jewell

2) Joseph Smith, Gladbrook

3) Vern Kollasch, Iowa City

4) Doug P. Anderson, Stratford

5) Pat Simon Sr., Waterloo

6) Dennis L. Hopkins, Missouri Valley

7) Ronnie Burgess, Cedar Rapids

8) Tim Pew, Des Moines

9) John Peterson, Ottumwa

10) Randy Fox, Council Bluffs

11) Tom Cranston, Keswick

12) Marvin Dirks, Fonda

Class A

1) Paul Beaman, Des Moines

2) Rick Hudson, Stuart

3) Steve Ronk, Council Bluffs

4) Jan Warwick, Ames

5) Carl Kaiser, Des Moines

Class B

1) Kirk Vannausdle, Elliott

2) Richard Cranston, Keswick

3) Steve Hyler, Winterset

4) Steve Hatch, Knoxville

Class C

1) Jesse W. Dalton, Indianola

2) Kenny Wiese, Story City

3) Darwin Mott, Hartford

4) Kevin Bailey, Prairie City

5) Rick Allen, Crescent

6) Ralph Davis, Ankeny

Class D

1) Tom Flores, Des Moines

2) Randy Clark, Monroe

3) Kevin Pieper, Stuart

4) Lloyd Schropp, Parnell

5) Kevin Turbett, Tama

6) Rusty Dalton, Indianola

Class E

1) Bruce Dennis, Prairie City

2) Anthony Buttrey, Des Moines

3) Frank MacArthu, Davenport

4) Russell Wiese, Roland

Ribbons Awarded in Iowa State Fair Duroc Show

ISU Teaching of Ames exhibited the Champion Boar in the Duroc Swine Show Friday at the 2013 Iowa State Fair.

Ray Williamson of Eagle Grove exhibited the Reserve Champion Boar.

Rowdy Campfield of Runnells claimed Champion and Reserve Champion Gilt honors.

Premier Exhibitor honors went to Kay Christian of Woodward. The award is presented to the exhibitor earning the highest point total in individual breeding classes of competition.

Additional results below:


1) Stewart's Duroc Farm, Waverly

2) DCM Hamps and Durocs, Marion

3) Kay Christian, Woodward

4) Kay Christian, Woodward

5) Kay Christian, Woodward


1) Rowdy Campfield, Runnells

2) Rowdy Campfield, Runnells

3) DCM Hamps and Durocs, Marion

4) Cale Niehaus, Sac City

5) Larry Kastler, Woolstock

6) Warrick Brothers, Prairie City


1) Rowdy Campfield, Runnells

2) Brett Roquet, Fremont

3) McCulloh Family, Camanche

4) Ryan Iverson, Grinnell

5) Broek Swine Genetics, Sioux Center

6) Rowdy Campfield, Runnells

7) Ray Williamson, Eagle Grove

8) Ray Williamson, Eagle Grove

9) Miller Farms/ Millarbd Berks, Knoxville

10) Miller Farms/ Millarbd Berks, Knoxville


1) Triggs Show Pigs, Mount Ayr

2) Caeden Bakker, Dike

3) Triggs Show Pigs, Mount Ayr

4) Doyle Jamison, Winterset

5) Doyle Jamison, Winterset

6) Doyle Jamison, Winterset


1) Kay Christian, Woodward


1) Jack Bair and Family, Elkhart

2) Toenjes Show Pigs, Center Junction

3) Kay Christian, Woodward

4) Allen D. Krivohlavek, Dorchester, Neb.


1) ISU Teaching, Ames

2) DCM Hamps and Durocs, Marion

3 DCM Hamps and Durocs, Marion

4) Triggs Show Pigs, Mount Ayr

5) Martin Family, Fayette


1) Ray Williamson, Eagle Grove

2) Ray Williamson, Eagle Grove

Banners Awarded in Iowa State Fair Simmental Cattle Show

RB Simmentals of Correctionville was awarded the Grand Champion Purebred Bull and Iowa Champion Bull banners in the Simmental Cattle Show Saturday at the 2013 Iowa State Fair.

Reserve Grand Champion Purebred Bull and Iowa Reserve Champion Bull honors were awarded to Kitzerow Cattle Company of Saint Charles.

Trey Jass of Garner won Grand Champion Purebred Female honors. The Reserve Grand Champion Purebred Female was awarded to Gerdes Show Cattle of West Point.

Additional results:

"Nothing Compares" to the Iowa State Fair. The 2013 Fair ended August 18. The 2014 Iowa State Fair is set August 7-17. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit

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Written by Marco LaNave   
Monday, 26 August 2013 11:59

Quad Cities moves within 5 ½ games of Cedar Rapids and reduces playoff magic number to 5


DAVENPORT, Iowa (AUG. 22, 2013) – Quad Cities River Bandits right-hander Chris Devenski pitched a season-high seven innings of nine-hit, one-run ball, and his teammates broke a 1-1 tie with a four-run fifth inning in a 7-1 win that snapped the Cedar Rapids Kernels' eight-game winning streak in front of 3,882 at Modern Woodmen Park Thursday night.


The River Bandits (34-24 second half, 72-55 overall) moved within 5 ½ games of the first-place Kernels (40-18, 80-46) in the Midwest League Western Division second-half standings. With a loss by the Peoria Chiefs Thursday, Quad Cities' magic number to clinch a second-half playoff berth is five. Any combination of Peoria losses and Quad Cities wins adding to five clinches the latter a playoff spot.


Devenski (3-3) worked around a pair of singles in the first inning and lone singles in the second and third. In the fourth, he allowed a leadoff double by Kernels right fielder Adam Brett Walker, and designated hitter Bo Altobelli hit a one-out RBI single that made it 1-0. Altobelli tried scoring from second base on a two-out single by catcher Michael Quesada, but center fielder Teoscar Hernandez threw him out at the plate to end the inning.


In the bottom of the fourth, Hernandez hit a leadoff single for the first hit against right-hander Jose Berrios (7-6). Hernandez then stole second base, went to third on a groundout and scored on a sacrifice fly by left fielder Danry Vasquez. In a 1-1, fifth-inning tie, designated hitter Austin Elkins drew a one-out walk, and catcher Roberto Pena singled to put runners at first and third bases. Right fielder Jordan Scott then put a bunt single up the first-base line that brought in Elkins for the go-ahead run. Second baseman Tony Kemp grounded an RBI single to right field, and shortstop Carlos Correa later smacked a two-run double to left-center field off right-hander Christian Powell. All five runs were charged to Berrios, who allowed four hits and three walks while striking out four batters in 4 2/3 innings.


Devenski retired six straight batters in the fifth and sixth innings, and after two straight singles opened the seventh, he struck out the next three hitters to finish with a season-high eight. It was the first seven-inning start for Quad Cities since Joe Bircher's seven innings Aug. 3. Right-hander Zach Morton followed with two scoreless innings to finish the win.

Quad Cities added a pair of runs off Powell in the seventh, with two Kernels errors and two walks adding to a Hernandez single.


The River Bandits' scoring of at least seven runs activates the "Lucky Seven Run" promotion, as American TV & Appliance at 4800 Elmore Avenue in Davenport will offer a 40% discount on select furniture Friday, Aug. 23. Thursday's victory also means The Captain's Table at 4801 River Drive in Moline will offer The Captain's Table Victory Discount Friday, Aug. 23. 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 Friday, Aug. 23.


The River Bandits and Kernels meet for their final regular-season game at 7 p.m. Friday. Quad Cities left-hander Joe Bircher (3-3) will start against Cedar Rapids right-hander Hudson Boyd (4-4).

UP NEXT: Fireworks will follow the final game of the River Bandits' home stand Friday night. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. for the 7 p.m. game, and the first 1,500 fans receive a free Bier Stube beanie. It's also City of Davenport Night and John Deere United Way of Caring. 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 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.


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!



Duffy Returns for Third Season with Mallards PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jim Kersten   
Monday, 26 August 2013 11:58

MOLINE, Ill. (August 22, 2013) – The Quad City Mallards have re-signed defenseman Matt Duffy, the Mallards announced today.

“Matt’s a very dependable defenseman who provides veteran leadership and who we expect to be a key player for us again this season,” said Mallards coach and general manager Terry Ruskowski.  “He brings great effort shift-in and shift-out and is a guy we can count on in important situations- including the power play, where plays an important role for us.”

Duffy, 27, returns for a third season with the Mallards after finishing last year tied for fourth among Central Hockey League defensemen in points (42), fifth among blue liners in assists (33) and tied for seventh among defensemen in goals (9).  The 6’ 2”, 200-pound Windham, Maine, native finished ninth overall in plus/minus rating (+19).

Duffy first joined the Mallards in January of 2012 after mononucleosis kept him off the ice for the first half of the 2011-12 season.  He scored three goals and totaled 11 points in 21 games in his first campaign in the Quad Cities.

Duffy was originally selected by the Florida Panthers in the fourth round of the 2005 National Hockey League Entry Draft with the one hundred fourth overall choice.  After a four-year collegiate career at the University of Maine, Duffy broke into professional hockey at the tail end of the 2008-09 season, seeing time with both the American Hockey League’s Rochester Americans and the ECHL’s Florida Everblades.  The following year, in his first full pro campaign, Duffy produced five goals and 14 points in 52 games with the Everblades and scored once and recorded five points in 11 games with the Americans.

Duffy split the bulk of the 2010-11 season between the ECHL’s Kalamazoo Wings and Gwinnett Gladiators and also played two games for the Portland Pirates of the AHL.  He scored four goals and totaled 10 points in 56 ECHL games.

Duffy played 165 career games at Maine, scoring 21 goals and notching 43 points.  Duffy went to the Frozen Four with the Black Bears each of his first two years at Orono.  He enjoyed his most productive season as a collegian when he scored seven goals and totaled 17 points in 39 games as a senior in 2008-09.

The Mallards will open their seventeenth season- and their fourth in the CHL- when they host the Rapid City Rush on Saturday night, October 19.  Mallards 2013-14 season tickets as well as half season tickets and flex packs are now on sale.  The Mallards offer ticket packages to meet any budget and season ticket holders also receive a host of additional benefits, including a unique season ticket holder Mallards jersey.  More ticket package information is available by calling the Mallards at 309-277-1364 or emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

About the Quad City Mallards
The Quad City Mallards are approaching their seventeenth season and their fourth in the Central Hockey League (CHL).  One of the winningest teams in all of minor league hockey, the Mallards competed in the United Hockey League (UHL) from 1995 through 2007 and in the International Hockey League (IHL) in 2009-10.  The Mallards’ proud history has seen them capture the UHL’s Colonial Cup Championship three times (1997, 1998, 2001) and secure that league’s Tarry Cup four times (1998, 2000, 2001, 2002) for the best overall regular season record.  In 2001, the Mallards made professional hockey history, recording their sixth consecutive season with 50 or more wins, a feat that has yet to be matched.  The i wireless Center provides a unique environment for hockey and features one-of-a-kind seating areas such as the Nest for groups and functions and the exclusive Drake Club.  For more information on the Quad City Mallards or for Mallards tickets go to  Fans can also follow the Mallards via Twitter at

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Race to Victory - Supporting Kyle Ganzer PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mainstream Promotions   
Friday, 23 August 2013 14:51

Eldridge, Iowa  September 7th  Centennial Park

presented by Mainstream Promotions

Register online at

9:30am 1/4 mile youth run, 10:15am 5k

Post-race party will be held at Rustic Grille and Pub at Rustic Ridge Golf Course from 11am until 4pm on Saturday, September 7th.

50% of all race proceeds will go to Kyle Ganzer and the Ganzer family

Advertising partners for this race are Commercial Printers, U.S. Cellular, Culligan, Humana, Greg Rietz of Lujacks, Rustic Ridge Golf Course, and the U.S. Army.

Governor Quinn Announces Illinois State Fair Attendance Soars to Highest Level Since 2002 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Blanchette   
Friday, 23 August 2013 14:26

Several New Records Set for Grandstand Entertainment, Livestock Auction, and Horse Racing


SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that the recently concluded Illinois State Fair reported its highest attendance in more than ten years. A total of 961,142 fairgoers passed through the gates this year, an increase of five percent – or 42,707 visitors – compared to a year ago, when attendance was 918,435. The figure is the fair’s highest attendance since 2002, when an estimated 1.2 million people visited the fair.

“No matter how you add it up, this was a great fair and these numbers are good for the Illinois economy,” Governor Quinn said. “While this year’s high attendance is encouraging and makes the effort that goes into putting on the event worthwhile, it is what can’t be quantified - those lasting memories the fair creates - that is most important.”

“A day at the fair is fun for everyone, and the families who attended this year likely will never forget their trip to Springfield. I hope those memories will keep them coming back for years to come.”

Several records were set during the 11-day run of the fair as well.

The Grandstand entertainment was the highest-grossing line-up in State Fair history with ticket sales of $2.03 million. The sales figure eclipsed the previous record of $1.57 million set just last year. Grandstand attendance totaled 53,287, the most since 2000, when 54,345 tickets were sold.

Toby Keith was the biggest draw - his concert sold 9,367 tickets, 144 more than the Styx and REO Speedwagon concert (9,223). Governor Quinn is one of Toby Keith’s biggest fans and attended his concert, where he declared “Toby Keith Day” in Illinois.

Oneida teen Nelson England’s grand champion steer sold for $62,000, one of seven record prices that the fair’s prize-winning junior livestock received during the Governor’s Sale of Champions. Other records were for the Land of Lincoln steer ($50,100), the grand champion barrow ($25,000), the Land of Lincoln barrow ($40,650), the Land of Lincoln wether ($19,100), the grand champion meat goat ($11,050), and the Land of Lincoln meat goat ($3,750).  Altogether, $222,650 was raised for the youngsters who exhibited the animals, most of whom plan to use the proceeds to help pay for college, as well as the state’s 4-H and FFA youth education programs.

Pq Three posted the fastest mile ever for a two-year-old pacer. The horse, owned by Obermeier and Quaid Stables of Evergreen Park and driven by Mike Oosting, set the record with a winning time of 1 minute 50.0 seconds, eclipsing the former mark of 1:50.2 set in 2005 by Lucky’s Z Tam and Hot N Sport.

The increased spending at the fair boosts purchasing at local businesses, which in turn stimulates economic growth in the area. The Illinois Department of Revenue collected a record $257,584 in sales taxes from Illinois State Fair vendors. That’s seven percent more than was collected a year ago.  With the sales tax rate in Sangamon County at 6.25 percent, that figure means fairgoers spent $4.1 million on corn dogs, lemon shake-ups, and assorted trinkets this year. Gate and parking revenue was $1,530,676, breaking the previous record set in 2012 of $1,513,884. North American Midway Entertainment, the fair’s carnival contractor, reported record gross receipts of $1.4 million, surpassing the $1.29 million it collected a year ago.

"The Illinois State Fair is always great for the local economy, but this year was the best in recent memory," Springfield Mayor Mike Houston said. "Visitors have a good time at the fair, local merchants benefit, and we get to help put on a great ten-day show. The Capital City loves the Illinois State Fair,” Springfield Mayor Michael Houston said.

“First and foremost, I’d like to thank fairgoers for their patronage,” State Fair Manager Amy Bliefnick said. “They demonstrated that the State Fair truly is a place ‘Where Illinois Comes Together.’  I’d also like to thank Governor Quinn, Director Flider, and my staff for their support and assistance. These achievements only could have resulted from a team effort.”

Planning will begin almost immediately for next year’s fair, which will be held Aug. 7 – 14, 2014.


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