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State Fair Express Offers Convenient Ride to Iowa State Fair PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Chappell   
Friday, 08 June 2012 12:40

DES MOINES, IA (06/06/2012)(readMedia)-- The Iowa State Fair and Windstar Lines have partnered to provide round trip transportation to the Fair from 42 locations throughout the state. The convenient and affordable State Fair Express will offer motor coach service during the Iowa State Fair August 9-19.

Each State Fair Express ticket includes:

• Round trip transportation on a deluxe Windstar Lines motor coach

• Fair admission

• A complimentary bottle of water

• Fair coupon book offering food and drink discounts with more than $30 in savings

• Daily Program with map of the Fairgrounds

• Easy pickup and drop off in the Fair's North Lot at Gate 15

The State Fair Express will arrive at the Fair at approximately 10 a.m. and will depart at 6 p.m. Adult fare includes ages 12 and over, child fare includes ages 5-11 and children under 5 ride free. Persons under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Ticket pricing varies by location. A complete list of routes, pricing and pickup locations follows.

New in 2012, the State Fair Express will offer four non-stop routes. These routes include Cedar Rapids (August 9), Charles City (August 10), Sioux City (August 10) and Ames (August 12).

Please call Windstar Lines Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 888.494.6378 or visit www.gowindstar.com/iowa-state-fair.php to make State Fair Express reservations. Payment must be made in full at the time of reservation. Windstar accepts Visa and MasterCard.

Reservations can be made up to one week prior to departure. The State Fair Express runs rain or shine and no refunds will be issued. A minimum of 30 people must book for the trip to run. If the trip does not meet the minimum requirement, cancellation of the trip will occur seven days prior to departure and you will be notified by Windstar Lines. If a cancellation occurs refunds will be given.

"Nothing Compares" to the 2012 Iowa State Fair, August 9-19. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit www.iowastatefair.org.

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Kick Off Summer in Traverse City with Michigan's Top Vintages PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andrew McFarlane   
Friday, 08 June 2012 12:33
Celebrate the best vintages from the Grand Traverse Region with the 2012 Traverse City Wine & Art Festival on Saturday, June 30th. Discover the flavors that have captured top honors in head to head national and international competition with wines from California, France and other leading wine regions.

Wine-maker Lee Lutes said of the 2011 harvest: “These wines have lush fruit on both the nose and the palate. They have body in the mouth that only comes from well-developed fruit, and there is a lingering finish that simply begs for food.”

This is Michigan’s only festival celebrating all the senses with some of the region’s finest wine, food, art and music brought together for one spectacular evening. Pair any of more than 125 Leelanau, Old Mission Peninsula and northern Michigan wines with cuisine from the area’s top eateries including Trattoria Stella, Siren Hall, Patisserie Amie and Poppycocks.

Headlining this year’s festival is platinum recording artist Rusted Root. They’ll be joined by Orpheum Bell, Lauren Mann and a medley of music and dance performances throughout the evening. Wander the Food Garden as you sip wines & ciders and explore the work of fine artists on display beneath the canopy of the historic arboretum at the Grand Traverse Commons.  

Recognized by National Geographic as one of the top travel destinations in the world for 2012, Traverse City is home to more than miles of pristine beaches, wilderness and dunes.  “Artists have long been drawn to this region and it comes as no surprise that its beauty has inspired exceptional art and attracted nationally acclaimed artists to make this their home. Northern Michigan is an artist mecca, but all the same it is a rare opportunity to find a gathering of these jewels in one place,” said Dawn Thomas of ArtCenter Traverse City.

The festival is from 3 - 10pm, and tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door available at http://traversecitywinefestival.com

 
"Fill Up On Missouri Fun" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sarah Luebbert   
Friday, 08 June 2012 11:24

"Fill Up On Missouri Fun" Break Time Stores Promote Tourism

Jefferson City, Mo. — Exciting announcement! The Missouri Division of Tourism, VisitMO.com and Break Time Convenience Stores have teamed-up for a great summer tourism promotion.

In the “Get More Missouri Per Gallon” contest, June 1 thru Aug. 10, travelers have a chance to win a free, fun-filled Missouri getaway package. Everyone needs gasoline in their car, right? Now, when you “fill ‘er up” at a Break Time, you could be a lucky winner. How? Simple!

Pick up a "Fill Up On Missouri Fun" punch card at any Break Time Convenience Store in Missouri – there are 80 locations scattered across the Show-Me State.

Every time you fill your tank at any Break Time, simply have the clerk punch your entry card. Fill up your gas tank five times during the June thru Aug. 10 promotion and turn in the completed punch card at any Break Time; you’ll be entered for a chance to win one of 12 terrific Missouri getaway packages. But wait! You can enter as many times as you fill a new card.

Find details at any Break Time store. Go to VisitMO.com/Breaktime for information about the 12 exciting Missouri getaway packages.

“Fill up on Missouri fun.” You could be a winner.

About the Missouri Division of Tourism
The Missouri Division of Tourism (MDT) is the official tourism office for the state of Missouri dedicated to marketing Missouri as a premier travel destination. Established in 1967, the Missouri Division of Tourism has worked hard to develop the tourism industry in Missouri to what it is today, an $11.2 billion industry supporting more than 279,000 jobs and generating $627 million in state taxes in Fiscal Year 2011. For every dollar spent on marketing Missouri as a travel destination in FY11, $57.76 was returned in visitor expenditures. For more information on Missouri tourism, go to www.VisitMO.com.

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July 2012 at the Field Museum PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rita Bellouze   
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 13:43

 
Harkin Announces $11.5 Million for Iowa Air Services PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sen. Tom Harkin   
Tuesday, 05 June 2012 13:27
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced that 27 Municipal Airports and airport services have been awarded a total of $11,515,836 from the US Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration. Harkin is a member of the Appropriations subcommittee that funds the DOT.

“Ensuring Iowa’s municipal airports have the resources they need to update, repair, or replace their facilities is important to maintain safety and efficiency.   These airports are important for employers and the operation of companies in local communities,” said Harkin. “The multiple communities affected by these grants will use this funding for a wide variety of activities that will support aviation across the state.”

Details of the funding are as follows:

Arthur N Nue, Carroll-$236,700 for the acquisition of replacement snow removal equipment.

Atlantic Municipal Airport-$510,763 to assist meeting design standards.

Clinton Municipal Airport-$281,146 for the rehabilitation of existing apron pavement.

Creston Municipal Airport-$412,408 to enhance access to the airport.

Davenport Municipal Airport-$233,500 for the rehabilitation of existing runway pavement.

Decorah Municipal Airport-$375,547 for taxiway construction.

Decorah Municipal Airport-$67,500 to update the existing master plan for future airport needs.

Forest City Municipal Airport-$216,000 for the rehabilitation of existing taxiway pavement.

Grinnell Regional Airport-$351,000 for the rehabilitation of existing taxiway pavement.

Guthrie County Regional Airport-$382,500 for construction of a hangar building.

Independence Municipal Airport-$52,200 to update the existing master plan for future airport needs.

James G. Whiting Memorial Field-$585,000 for construction of a hangar building.

Keokuk Municipal Airport-$4,106,172 for the rehabilitation of existing runway pavement.

Mason City Municipal Airport-$886,604 for the rehabilitation of existing parking lot pavement.

Mount Pleasant Municipal Airport-$138,485 for the rehabilitation of existing taxiway pavement.

Muscatine Municipal Airport-$129,088 for the rehabilitation of existing taxiway pavement.

Muscatine Municipal Airport-$50,400 for the removal of obstructions on runway.

Northeast Iowa Regional Airport-$45,000 for the evaluation of environmental issues related to proposed extension of a runway.

Oelwein Municipal Airport-$31,500 to update the existing master plan for future airport needs.

Pocahontas Municipal Airport-$29,251 for the rehabilitation of existing runway pavement.

Red Oak Municipal Airport-$142,106 for the replacement of snow removal equipment.

Sac City Municipal Airport-$50,400 for a new runway vertical/visual guidance system.

Schenck Field, Clarinda-$313,920 for the rehabilitation of runway lighting system.

Sioux Gateway/Col. Bud Day Field-$360,000 for the rehabilitation of existing taxiway pavement.

Vinton Veterans Memorial Airpark-$43,290 for the rehabilitation of existing runway pavement.

Waterloo Regional Airport-$967,856 for the rehabilitation of runway lighting system.

Webster City Municipal Airport-$517,500 for the construction of a hangar building.

 
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