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    News and Results from the 2014 Iowa State Fair VI PDF Print E-mail
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    Written by Lori Chappell   
    Wednesday, 13 August 2014 13:11

    Talented Sprouts Surprise Crowd in Iowa State Fair Talent Search

    DES MOINES, IA (08/12/2014)(readMedia)-- Six talented Sprout division acts (ages 2-12) have advanced to the semi-final round in Bill Riley's 55th annual Iowa State Fair Talent Search. Each act will perform again on Thursday, August 14, Friday, August 15, or Saturday, August 16.

    The names, ages, hometowns and routines of the acts are:

    Eli Smith, 11, Cedar Falls, Piano

    Morgan Schroeder, 10, Burlington, Katie Stephens, 10 Burlington, Jazz/Acro Dance

    Allison Koch, 12, Grimes, Vocal

    Addie Sopha, 13, Cresco, Josie Sopha, 11, Cresco, Ella Sopha, 9, Cresco, Gwen Sopha, 8, Cresco, Vocal

    Taylor Knaack, 12, Correctionville, Emma DeStigter, 11, Moville, Tap Dance

    Zach Hein, 12, Walcott, Fiddle

    Bill Riley, Jr. is once again hosting the competition. Two Sprout acts will be crowned champions every day of the semi-finals. The six winning acts will perform in the talent-packed championship set for Sunday, August 17, at 1:30 p.m. on the Anne and Bill Riley Stage sponsored by Pepsi.

    Each of the six Sprout Champions will receive a prize of $250 after the Championship Show. More than $18,000 will be awarded to the Senior and Sprout divisions combined. This year's contest is sponsored by Hy-Vee.

    Outhouse Team Earns Number-One Spot in Iowa State Fair Contest

    DES MOINES, IA (08/12/2014)(readMedia)-- The Afton Care Center Dribblers/Iowa Select Farms won the 11th annual Outhouse Races Tuesday at the 2014 Iowa State Fair. Team Jason Winther, Jordan Winther, Jamie Peterson, and Misty Gettler were awarded $300 in cash for besting their competition in style and speed.

    DMACC team members Keith Wersinger, Matt Walsh, Jay Tiefentahler, Dale Chell and Melody Riley took second place and earned $200. The team has competed every year of the competition.

    Third place and $100 in cash went to The Real Deal team members Hannah, Abbi, Brittany and Amanda also won Best Outhouse. Best costume went to Urgent Business team members Steve Larson, Joyce Moreland, Corey Oelberg and Laurie McClannahan.

    Teams, composed of three pushers and one driver, construct their own outhouses. During the race, teams push the outhouses to a toilet where the drivers must clean off the toilet seat without using their hands. Then the drivers search for a corn cob buried in a cattle trough, change a roll of toilet paper and return to the outhouses where the teams push them back to the starting point.

    Monster Men and Women Compete in Iowa State Fair Contest

    DES MOINES, IA (08/13/2014)(readMedia)-- Strong-armed men and women competed in five different weight classes in the Monster Arm Wrestling Tournament held Sunday at the 2014 Iowa State Fair.

    First, second and third-place trophies were awarded in each class.

    Complete results below:

    MEN'S RIGHT

    Flyweight

    1) Kiefer Willis, Greenview, Ill.

    2) Dustin Ohmstede, Newton

    3) Jermaine Day, Des Moines

    Lightweight

    1) Jake Reed, Bussey

    2) Todd Bolar, Marshalltown

    3) Lavern Yoder, Zearing

    Middleweight

    1) JD Brittain, West Des Moines

    2) Bobby Chance, Cambridge

    3) Jake Willis, Des Moines

    Heavyweight

    1) Brian Willett, Muscatine

    2) Branden Smith, Coon Rapids

    3) Patrick Brown, Melcher-Dallas

    Super Heavyweight

    1) Brian Willett, Muscatine

    2) Steven Aikin, Rhodes

    3) Patrick Brown, Melcher-Dallas

    MEN'S LEFT

    Flyweight

    1) Trent Todd, Washta

    2) Dustin Olmstede, Newton

    3) Mitch Todd, Papillion, Neb.

    Lightweight

    1) Jake Reed, Bussey

    2) Mory Lassa, Fort Dodge

    Middleweight

    1) JD Brittain, West Des Moines

    2) Bobby Chance, Cambridge

    Heavyweight

    1) Rob VanDerMolen, Des Moines

    2) JD Brittain, West Des Moines

    3) Jake Reed, Bussey

    WOMEN'S RIGHT

    Flyweight

    1) Kelsey Reed, Mingo

    2) Kara Rempe, Sioux City

    Lightweight

    1) Shawna Hartley, Nevada

    2) Tiffany Davison, Middletown, Ill.

    Middleweight

    1) Heather Edwards, Washington

    2) Kaylan Simmons, Casey

    3) Riley Anderson, Kamrar

    The contest was part of "Rural Americana Olde Tyme Competitions" in Farm Bureau Pioneer Hall. A first prize of $5 and ribbons were awarded to each class.

    "Nothing Compares" to the 2014 Iowa State Fair, August 7-17. The Fairgrounds are located at East 30th and East University Avenue, just 10 minutes east of downtown Des Moines, and are open 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. each day of the Fair. Exhibit hours may vary. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit iowastatefair.org.

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    10th annual Adaptive Sports and Recreation Clinic in Des Moines PDF Print E-mail
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    Written by Joyce Ellens   
    Wednesday, 13 August 2014 08:53

    Adaptive Sports & Recreation Expo for Iowans with a spinal cord injury

    URBANDALE, Iowa – The Spinal Cord Injury Association of Iowa will hold its annual Adaptive Sports & Recreation Expo on Saturday, August 16 at Easter Seals Camp Sunnyside. This year marks the tenth year the SCIA has given Iowans with spinal cord injuries a chance to break boundaries by doing things they may not have thought were possible.

    “Watching someone ride a bike or paddle a kayak for the first time in years, decades for some, is so incredible,” said Angie Plager, SCIA president. “For a moment, those of us with spinal cord injuries are able to forget about our chair or our crutches and SCIA is so happy to be able to offer moments like that to Iowans every year.”

    The Adaptive Sports & Recreation Expo is a free, one-day event offering those with spinal cord injuries specialized equipment to participate in activities like hand cycling, kayaking, power soccer, bowling, and basketball. In addition, they get to meet other Iowans with spinal cord injuries fostering bonds between people who understand what it’s like to live with a spinal cord injury.

    “Planning for the next year starts right after the event ends,” said Plager. “We’ve worked hard to improve the event every year. This year we added archery, bocce ball, a rock climbing wall and fishing.”

    Beyond adaptive sports, the Expo also features information and resources for people with spinal cord injury/disease/disorder.

    For more information about the Adaptive Sports & Recreation Expo, visit our Facebook page, email us, or call (515) 309-0727.

     
    BANDITS COLLAPSE AS COUGARS WIN WITH 4-RUN 9TH PDF Print E-mail
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    Written by Marco LaNave   
    Wednesday, 13 August 2014 08:51
    Quad Cities falls four games behind Cedar Rapids, stays three behind Wisconsin in second-half race

    GENEVA, Ill. (August 12, 2014) – The Quad Cities River Bandits held a 3-0 lead entering the bottom of the ninth inning, but two errors, a home run, an infield popup, wild pitch, two walks and ultimately a walk-off single to left-center field by Kane County Cougars shortstop Daniel Lockhart led to the home team's four-run ninth inning and 4-3 win at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark Tuesday night.

    After River Bandits right-handers Kevin Comer and Adrian Houser each pitched four shutout innings, right-hander Frederick Tiburcio started the ninth inning with a 3-0 lead. Cougars catcher Victor Caratini led off by grounding a ball to first baseman Chase McDonald, who threw to Tiburcio covering first base, but the pitcher dropped the ball for an error. Tiburcio fell to a 3-1 count against first baseman Jacob Rogers, who drove a two-run home run to right field – his Kane County-leading 14th home run – to cut Quad Cities' lead to 3-2.

    With no outs, the bases empty and a one-run lead, Tiburcio got designated hitter Cael Brockmeyer to hit a popup near second base, but the ball dropped behind second baseman Marc Wik for a base hit that put the tying run at first base. After Carlos Penalver pinch ran for Brockmeyer, third baseman Jeimer Candelario lofted a fly ball to right-center field, where center fielder James Ramsay and right fielder Ryan Bottger converged, and Bottger was charged with the inning's second error when the ball dropped, placing runners at first and second bases. Second baseman Chesny Young then sacrificed the tying and winning runs into scoring position with a bunt that rolled up the first-base line to Wik with his foot on first base to record the inning's first out.

    Tiburcio threw a wild pitch on his first pitch to right fielder Jeffrey Baez that got past catcher Brian Holberton to the backstop, allowing Penalver to score the tying run and Candelario to reach third base. In a 3-3 tie, Tiburcio intentionally walked Baez and center fielder Trey Martin to load the bases. With the infield in, Tiburcio struck out left fielder Shawon Dunston Jr. In a 1-1 count, Lockhart hit a fly ball toward left-center field that dropped between Ramsay and left fielder Bobby Boyd, scoring Candelario for a 4-3 Cougars win. It was Quad Cities' fifth walk-off loss of the season and first since June 2 at Wisconsin.

    Cougars right-hander Jen-Ho Tseng retired the first eight River Bandits and did not allow a hit through 4 1/3 innings. Bottger's fifth-inning single was his team's first hit, but he was thrown out at second base trying to advance on a pitch in the dirt. In the sixth inning, shortstop Thomas Lindauer hit a leadoff single to left field, advanced to second base on Boyd's sacrifice, to third base on a wild pitch and scored the game's first run on Wik's sacrifice fly. Ramsay hit a two-out double down the first-base line and Tseng loaded the bases with walks to McDonald and designated hitter A.J. Reed. Right-hander Michael Wagner walked third baseman J.D. Davis to bring in the second run. Tseng allowed two earned runs on three hits and three walks with five strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. Wagner also allowed a run in the eighth inning, when he issued a two-out walk to McDonald, and Reed and Davis each singled for a 3-0 lead.

    Comer scattered a hit in each of the first four innings, twice stranding a runner at third base and matching Tseng for the first four innings. Houser began the fifth inning in a scoreless game and allowed lone hits in the fifth and seventh innings to toss four shutout innings. He retired 11 of the final 12 batters he faced. Kane County did not have a hit with a runner in scoring position until Lockhart's walk-off single.

    Quad Cities (25-25 second half, 60-59 overall) continues its series against Kane County (30-20, 75-45) at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark. River Bandits right-hander Andrew Thurman (5-7) is scheduled to face Cougars right-hander Paul Blackburn (9-4).

    UP NEXT: A Fireworks Friday kicks off the next homestand, with a 7 p.m. game on City of Davenport Night and Global Cultural Night presented by Tyson Fresh Meats. When gates open at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, the first 1,500 fans receive a Trevor Rosenthal Bobblehead courtesy of DHCU and FOX18. Sunday's 1:15 p.m. game is a Celebration and Appreciation of Senator Tom Harkin for 40 years of service with a bobblehead giveaway for the first 1,000 fans when gates open at noon. Tickets are available at www.riverbandits.com.

     
    MICHAEL FELIZ NAMED MIDWEST LEAGUE PITCHER OF THE WEEK PDF Print E-mail
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    Written by Marco LaNave   
    Tuesday, 12 August 2014 15:32

    Top-ranked Quad Cities prospect allows just one run and six hits with 14 strikeouts in 13 innings to earn honor

    DAVENPORT, Iowa. (August 11, 2014) – Quad Cities River Bandits right-handed pitcher Michael Feliz has been named the Midwest League Pitcher of the Week for August 4-10. The top-ranked prospect on the Quad Cities roster, Feliz made two starts totaling 13 innings, giving up a run on six hits with no walks and 14 strikeouts. His eight-inning start Aug. 5 against Burlington was the longest by a River Bandit since Kyle Hald tossed a complete game on June 4, 2012, in a 6-2 win over Burlington.

    Ranked in midseason by MLB.com as the Houston Astros' seventh-best prospect and No. 98 in all of baseball, Feliz is the first Quad Cities Pitcher of the Week since Boone Whiting won for Aug. 20-26, 2012. Feliz becomes the third River Bandit to win a weekly honor from the Midwest League this season, as shortstop Thomas Lindauer was the Player of the Week for April 21-27, and outfielder Ronnie Mitchell was the league's Player of the Week for May 26-June 1.

    A native of Azua in the Dominican Republic, Feliz helped snap a six-game Quad Cities losing streak for the second time in three weeks by firing eight shutout innings with a season-high nine strikeouts Tuesday in a 4-0 victory over Burlington. The 6-foot-4-inch, 228-pound right-hander followed that performance Sunday by limiting the Beloit Snappers to a run on three hits with four strikeouts in five innings to help the River Bandits earn a series split with a 6-1 win.

    Signed by the Astros as a non-drafted free agent on May 19, 2010, Feliz spent the 2010 season with the Dominican Summer League Astros before pitching for the Gulf Coast League (GCL) Astros in 2011. He split the 2012 season with the GCL Astros and Rookie-level Greeneville Astros before pitching with Short Season Class A Tri-City last season.

    In his first Midwest League season, Feliz is 8-4 with a 3.70 ERA. He has tossed 82 2/3 innings over 21 games, including 15 starts, fanning a team-high 94 batters against 31 walks with only 71 hits allowed and a .231 opponents' batting average. He pitched for the World Team in the 2014 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on July 13 at Target Field in Minneapolis.

    UP NEXT: A Fireworks Friday kicks off the next homestand, with a 7 p.m. game on City of Davenport Night and Global Cultural Night presented by Tyson Fresh Meats. When gates open at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, the first 1,500 fans receive a Trevor Rosenthal Bobblehead courtesy of DHCU and FOX18. Sunday's 1:15 p.m. game is a Celebration and Appreciation of Senator Tom Harkin for 40 years of service with a bobblehead giveaway for the first 1,000 fans when gates open at noon. Tickets are available at www.riverbandits.com.

     
    Food News and Results from the 2014 Iowa State Fair PDF Print E-mail
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    Written by Lori Chappell   
    Tuesday, 12 August 2014 14:48

    Best Bacon Dessert Cook Crowned at Iowa State Fair

    DES MOINES, IA (08/11/2014)(readMedia)-- Cristen C. Clark of Runnells proved that when sweet and savory meet good things are bound to happen, as she won first place and a $1,000 cash award in the Beeler's Bacon Dessert competition judged Thursday at the 2014 Iowa State Fair.

    Anita Van Gundy of Des Moines claimed second place and $500. Norita Solt of Bettendorf earned third place and $250.

    Entries were judged on taste, bacon's contribution to the dessert and originality.

    The Iowa State Fair Food Department is the largest of any state fair in the country. There are 226 divisions, 883 classes and over 10,500 entries at this year's Fair. Food judging is held in the Elwell Family Food Center sponsored by Blue Bunny.

    Funnel Cake Sticks Win Iowa State Fair Value-Priced Food Contest

    DES MOINES, IA (08/12/2014)(readMedia)-- The Funnel Cake Sticks took top honors in the New Food Contest at the 2014 Iowa State Fair. The tasty new treat bested four other value-priced finalists after receiving nearly 40 percent of the votes. The winning dish will be available throughout the Fair, August 7-17.

    The champion treat is just $3 and offers a new twist on a Fair classic with funnel cake batter fried to golden perfection, served on-a-stick and topped with chocolate, strawberry or vanilla glaze. Fairgoers can find the sweet snack at Arnold's Concessions on Grand Avenue across from Hy-Vee Health and First Aid.

    Arnold Blewer will receive an official Iowa State Fair plaque and a year's worth of bragging rights for his winning entry.

    The four other finalists are also $3 and will remain available throughout the Fair at their respective locations:

    • Brownie Blitz: available at Bauders Ice Cream on the southwest side of the Agriculture Building
    • Caprese Salad On-a-Stick: available at the Salad Bowl in the Agriculture Building and Cultural Center Courtyard
    • Smoked Brisket and Bacon Mac N Cheese: available at the Rib Shack in Walnut Square
    • Three Buck Bowl: available at Steer N Stein on the Grand Concourse

    Entries in the New Food Contest were limited to value-priced items for $3 or less. Prior to the start of the Fair, five finalists were chosen based on taste/flavor, presentation/appearance, value and creativity/originality. Fairgoers were invited to vote for their favorite finalist during the first four days of the Fair.

    Mount Pleasant Pumpkin Grower Wins Iowa State Fair Contest

    DES MOINES, IA (08/11/2014)(readMedia)-- The state's best giant pumpkin growers squared off in the Big Pumpkin competition judged Friday at the 2014 Iowa State Fair.

    Martin Schnicker of Mount Pleasant won first place and a $1000 cash award for his 1,131-pound pumpkin.

    Don Young of Des Moines earned second place and a $650 cash award with his 780-pound entry.

    David Miller of Riverside received third place and a $450 cash award with his 768-pound pumpkin.

    Marc Peterson of Clinton was awarded fourth place and a $250 cash award for his 715-pound pumpkin.

    Jennifer Heeren of Allison received fifth place and a $150 cash award for her 414-pound entry.

    The State Fair record of 1,323-pounds was set in 2010.

    The winning entries will be on display outside the John Deere Agriculture Building throughout the Fair.

    "Nothing Compares" to the 2014 Iowa State Fair, August 7-17. The Fairgrounds are located at East 30th and East University Avenue, just 10 minutes east of downtown Des Moines, and are open 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. each day of the Fair. Exhibit hours may vary. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit iowastatefair.org.

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