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Harkin Announces Funding for Iowa Airports PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sen. Tom Harkin   
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 08:33

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced that the U. S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded a total of $687,362 to three Iowa airports: Cherokee County Regional Airport, Davenport Municipal Airport, and Sheldon Municipal Airport.  The funding was made available through the Federal Aviation Administration.  Harkin is a senior member of the Senate panel that funds transportation initiatives.

“Improving the pace of economic recovery in our state means investing in our infrastructure,” said Harkin.  “These improvements to Iowa’s airports will bring jobs to the communities by helping to facilitate a more attractive business environment.”

Details of the grants are as follows:

Cherokee County Regional Airport – $534,542 to purchase land within the runway projection zone for Runway 18.

Davenport Municipal Airport - $63,000 to perform an environmental impact assessment of the proposed extension of Runway 15.

Sheldon Municipal Airport - $89,820 to install a vertical/visual guidance system to enhance safety as pilots seek access to runways.

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Annual Parade to Kick-Off 2012 Iowa State Fair PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Chappell   
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 08:30

DES MOINES, IA (07/31/2012)(readMedia)-- The 2012 Iowa State Fair Parade is set Wednesday, August 8. The Parade will begin at 6:15 p.m. in downtown Des Moines and is the annual kick-off to the Fair, which runs August 9-19.

Former Iowa State Fair Board Member Don Greiman will lead as Parade Marshal. Greiman served on the Board for 44 years and was Fair board president two times prior to retiring in 2009. He was instrumental in leading the Fair through its financial struggles in the 1970s and in the formation of the Blue Ribbon Foundation in 1993. Greiman, who hails from Garner, has never missed a day at the Iowa State Fair in the last 46 years. The Blue Ribbon Foundation named Greiman Iowa State Fair Ambassador in 2011.

The Fair will also pay tribute to the late Mark Pearson, who died on June 3. Pearson hosted Iowa Public Television's Market to Market program, as well as the station's annual coverage of the Iowa State Fair. Mike Pearson, Mark's son, will drive his dad's tractor in the parade to honor the popular Iowa farm broadcaster.

The Iowa State Fair Parade is the state's largest, showcasing nearly 200 floats, animals, vehicles, novelty and performing units. Staging will take place at the State Capitol complex. Parade entrants will then travel west on Grand Avenue to 13th Street. Dispersion will take place between 13th and 18th Streets.

Highlights of the gala event will be re-broadcast on parade night throughout central Iowa on KDSM Fox 17 beginning at 10 p.m.

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

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Iowans of the Day Selected for Iowa State Fair PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jenna Mushro   
Tuesday, 31 July 2012 12:12

DES MOINES, IA (07/30/2012)(readMedia)-- The Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation and Cookies Food Products are pleased to announce the recipients of the Iowan of the Day award for the 2012 Iowa State Fair.

Each Iowan of the Day receives VIP treatment on their respective day! Starting with recognition on the Anne & Bill Riley Stage at 2:30; use of the Iowan of the Day golf cart; gate admission and grandstand tickets; VIP parking; $200 cash; and accommodations at the Downtown Des Moines Marriott.

The Blue Ribbon Foundation began the Iowan of the Day award in 1997 to honor those Iowans who have truly made a difference in their communities. This year, the judges reviewed hundreds of nominations selecting those that show examples of integrity, Iowa pride, hard work and dedication.

"We are pleased to recognize these outstanding individuals as Iowans of the Day," said John Putney, Executive Director of the Blue Ribbon Foundation. "Their volunteerism, dedication and service to their community and the state of Iowa makes each one deserving of this honor."

The 2012 Iowan of the Day recipients are:

Esther Bielema of Wall Lake

Jeralyn Westercamp of Cedar Rapids

Troyce Vich of Waterloo

Janet Reynolds of Sioux City

Lila Bubke of Schleswig

Mary Maybee of Boone

Jim Gronbach of Dakota City

Ken Petersen of Council Bluffs

Garland Fickess of Bedford

Suzie Glazer Burt of Des Moines

The Blue Ribbon Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. Since 1993, the Foundation has generated more than $85 million for renovations and improvements to the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

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BIG MUDDY BLUES FESTIVAL TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Emily Kochan   
Tuesday, 31 July 2012 12:10
(St. Louis, MO) - The Big Muddy Blues Festival is a St. Louis Labor Day weekend tradition.
The 17th annual event is scheduled Sat-Sun, Sept. 1-2 on Laclede’s Landing with three stages and
30 bands. This year’s festival features an impressive line-up of Grammy winners, Rock and Roll
Hall of Famers, talented homegrown Blues acts as well as tributes to music icons, Chuck Berry
and Etta James.

Big Muddy Blues Festival is a celebration of the rich history of the Blues genre. Emily Kochan,
the Executive Director of Laclede’s Landing Merchants Association said, “The anticipation for
this year’s edition has been like none-other that I have seen in my 5 years producing this festival.
The buzz has been hot on the booking of headlining act, Dr. John.” Rolling Stone Magazine
recently named his new album, Locked Down, one of the best of 2012. Dr. John will close out
Big Muddy on the Budweiser Main Stage (700 N. First St.) at 9pm on Sunday, September 2nd.

Also performing on the Budweiser Main Stage are Aaron Kamm & The One Drops and the
Funky Butt Brass Band. Each will be making their Big Muddy debut on Sunday along with
Yugoslavian Blues singer/guitarist Ana Popovic. On Saturday, the widely-popular Royal
Southern Brotherhood (with Cyril Neville, Devon Allman and St. Louisan, Mike Zito) will
serve as the lead-in for headlining act, Grammy winning songwriter and guitarist, Joe Louis
Walker.

The two satellite stages on Second Street (at the intersections of Lucas and Morgan) will remain
free both days. Appearing on those stages will be a variety of local artists, including, Miss
Jubilee & The Humdingers, Marquise Knox, Cee Cee James and Jimmy Lee Kennett Band.

There are four ticketing levels for the Budweiser Main Stage at Big Muddy. General Admission
tickets ($10/day) and VIP seating ($25/day), both remain the same price as last year. New to Big
Muddy 2012 is an added Backstage-Rooftop VIP Lounge & Bar experience with two ticket level
options from which to choose. VIP tickets are limited and recommended for pre-purchase.

For more information and to purchase tickets for Big Muddy’s Budweiser Main Stage, please
visit, www.bigmuddybluesfestival.com. Attendees can also receive festival updates via Twitter
by following @BigMuddyBlues or find Big Muddy on Facebook.

Big Muddy Blues Festival is presented by the Laclede's Landing Merchant’s Association, a
501(c)(6) organization. With grants from the Regional Arts Commission and the Missouri Arts
Council, as well as sponsorship support from Budweiser, Discount Smoke Shop, CAO, Pepsi and
HoteLumiere. Laclede's Landing, with its cobblestone streets and century-old buildings, is
adjacent to the Mississippi River, just north of the Gateway Arch.

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Dirt Action Rumbles into the Iowa State Fair PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Chappell   
Tuesday, 31 July 2012 11:46

DES MOINES, IA (07/30/2012)(readMedia)-- "Nothing Compares" to the speed, action and adrenaline of track events at the Iowa State Fair. The Fair will host the thunder and roar of races, tractor and truck pulls and a demolition derby on the half-mile dirt track during the Fair's August 9-19 run.

Kicking off track events at the Fair, the Deery Brothers Summer Series for Late Models speeds into the Grandstand on Monday, August 13. The race feature late models, hobby stocks, stock cars and dirt trucks. Hot laps start at 5:30 p.m. with races at 6 p.m. General admission tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-11. Admission for children ages 5 and under is free.

The Grand Outlaw National Tractor and Truck Pull sponsored by Iowa Farmer Today rumbles into the Fair on Wednesday, August 15. The following classes will face off in the dirt: Light Super Stock Tractors, Super Farm Tractors, Pro Stock Tractors, Modified Tractors, Diesel Super Stock Tractors, Modified 4 Wheel Drive Pickups, Modified 2 Wheel Drive Pickups, Unlimited Super Stock Tractors and Pro Stock Pickup. The action starts at 2 p.m. General admission tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 6-11. Admission for children ages 5 and under is free.

The Fair's Demolition Derby wraps up the dirt action with non-weld, small car and county fair winners smashing and bashing on the track Saturday, August 18. The derby begins at 11:30 a.m. General admission tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-11. Admission for children ages 5 and under is free.

Tickets for all Grandstand events are on sale at the State Fair Ticket Office and all Ticketmaster outlets. Convenience charges apply. All track events are general admission. Grandstand tickets do not include Fair admission.

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

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