JOHNSTON, IOWA (June 26, 2020) — While there won't be corndogs, queen contestants, or a sale of champions this year, Iowans may still look forward to five nights of Iowa State Fair highlights from the past five decades on Iowa PBS. Viewers longing for the views from the Grand Concourse can tune in to Celebrating the Fair airing August 10-14 at 9PM on Iowa PBS's primary channel, Facebook, and YouTube.
Since 1971, Iowa PBS has brought the sights and sounds of the Iowa State Fair to viewers across the state. Gathering with friends and family to watch has become an annual tradition for many people. This year, Iowans can still watch, but instead of loading up and heading down to the fairgrounds, the Iowa PBS production team is digging through 49 years of footage and putting together a collection of memorable contests, fair foods, championship animals, and more from years past.
And while there won't be a life-size butter cow, viewers will also have an opportunity to show off their butter-sculpting skills in the Fair Fun at Home segments. In the weeks leading up to the broadcast, Iowa PBS will ask viewers to submit photos and videos of them participating in various Fair-related contests such as joke-telling, ugly cake-decorating, and, of course, butter-sculpting. Some of the submissions will be featured each night so State Fair fans can still be a part of Iowa PBS's Fair programming.
More information about the programs, their featured highlights, and the Fair Fun at Home segments is coming soon. Stay tuned to Iowa PBS, iowapbs.org/fair, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram in the coming weeks as details are shared.
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As Iowa's only statewide television network, Iowa PBS's mission to educate, inform, enrich, and inspire Iowans guides its quality, noncommercial programming that tells Iowa's stories like no one else can. Four statewide, public channels offer programs of lasting value to Iowans, regardless of where they live or what they can afford: Iowa PBS .1, Iowa PBS KIDS .2, Iowa PBS WORLD .3 and Iowa PBS Create .4 on Channel 11, Des Moines; Channel 12, Iowa City; Channel 21, Fort Dodge; Channel 24, Mason City; Channel 27, Sioux City; Channel 32, Waterloo; Channel 32, Council Bluffs; Channel 36, Davenport; and Channel 36, Red Oak. More information can be found at iowapbs.org.