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Fair 2008

Episode #3901

State Fair Parade Hear the bands, see the floats, and enjoy the fun of the State Fair Parade as IPTV kicks off it’s 38th year of highlights of the Iowa State Fair.
Corn Dog Chomp This year’s Fair got off to an unusual start. Fairgoers who arrived between 5:00 and 8:30 a.m. on the first day got in free. Then, about 11,000 of them then turned up at the Grandstand for the Corn Dog Chomp, when the 11,000 all bit on a corn dog at once. Peter Hamlin shares the fun.
Adult Fine Art Exhibition and Judging at the Cultural Center The Adult Fine Art Exhibition is one of the largest juried shows in the state. IPTV views some of the winning entries. Grocery Bagging Contest It seems appropriate that the Grocery Bagging contest was held at the new Budweiser Stage. Beer may not provide all the necessary nutrients, but you buy it in grocery stores and you carry it in grocery bags.
Dairy Cattle Show The dairy industry is an important part of Iowa agriculture. The sale of milk, cull cows and calves contributes more than 500 million to the state’s economy. Good reason to stop by the Livestock Pavilion for the Dairy Cattle Show.
Marvelous Hat Contest Red Hat Society groups were invited to Pioneer Hall to compete in the Marvelous Hat Contest. The categories were Fancy and Frivolous and Creative and Kooky.
Silver Ring Making Workshop Corning, Iowa’s artist-in-residence Rachel Sims teaches people how to make a silver ring they can take home, IPTV’s Jeneane Beck stopped by the Cultural Center for a lesson.
Side Roads with Paul Berge Paul Berge is back, horsing around on a Side Road at the State Fair. He’s found something that weight 12 tons, has 32 legs and roughly 144 hands. Give up? It s the Budweiser Clydesdale Hitch.
Cowgirl Queen The glamour of a beauty pageant and intensity of the horse show ring culminate in the annual State Fair Cowgirl Queen contest. Judged on both riding skills and personal appearance, more than 120 Iowans compete for the honor of reigning as Cowgirl Queen. Highlights from the show ring include the Cowgirl Queen salute, a hallmark of the competition, and the crowning of this year’s junior and senior Cowgirl Queens. Feature commentary by show judge, Amanda Eason, Miss Rodeo Iowa 2007.
Tall Corn Contest The corn harvest not only came early in some places, but some of the crop by-passed the local elevator and was delivered straight to the Iowa State Fair. Enjoy the tall corn contest at Pioneer Hall. Fair Prep – 4-H Sheep Competing at the Fair is a family tradition for some. The Welters of Gowrie, Iowa have been exhibiting 4-H projects at their county and the State Fair for nearly 50 years.
Big Animals Join IPTV at the weigh-ins for the biggest bull, boar and ram at the 2008 Iowa State Fair. [58 minutes] Closed Captioning

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  • Episode #3902

    Youth Rooster Coring and Ladies Chicken Calling Contests Peter Hamlin is at Pioneer Hall for the Youth Rooster Crowing Contest and the Ladies Chicken Calling Contests. It’s a perennial favorite. Side Road – Farmall Promenade Paul Berge is travelling a Side Road that takes him off the Fairgrounds to Nemaha and 10 years into the past. He’s following the trail of the Farmall square dancing tractors, which are on their goodbye” tour. Food Judging #1 – Midwest Living Cookies You’ll need a strong sweet tooth for this stop. At the Elwell Family Food Center, it’s cookies, cookies, and more cookies at the Midwest Living Cooking contest. FFA Swine One of the things that makes the Iowa State Fair so great is our young people. For exhibitors at the FFA Swine Show, this is the culmination of months of preparation. Fair Prep – Goats Raising goats for meat is a growing industry nationally and in Iowa. We learn about a popular breed from the Thorps of rural New Sharon, Iowa. They raise and show Boer goats. Mr. Legs The Mr. Legs contest always draws a good crowd. And Peter Hamlin is ringside for the event this year. FFA Parade of Champions Every year thousands of young Iowans are involved with FFA projects through their local chapters. Though it isn't possible to see the judging of every project it is possible to see those who received top honors in 2008. Watch all the pageantry as the FFA winners celebrate their accomplishments with a parade in the Livestock Pavilion. Extreme Canines Stunt Dog Show At Walnut Square, the Extreme Canines stunt dog show was a big hit in it first appearance at the Fair. And it's important to note these talented dogs were all adopted out of animal shelters across the country. Mechbash Robot Combat [58 minutes]

  • Episode #3903

    Junior Egg Rolling Contest - Given its shape, it's really hard to "roll" an egg. You never know which way it will go. Near Heritage Village, Peter Hamlin says the kids were having an "egg-citing" time trying to roll eggs. State Fair Games - The Beijing Olympics have nothing on the great Iowa State Fair. Amy Johnson Boyle is on the Grand Concourse where teams compete in relays for State Fair Gold. The Dinner Bell - An Historic Fair Food Stand - North of the Swine Barn there's a food stand that's been a popular eating place for decades. Tom and Carol Robbins have been running the Dinner Bell for more than 20 years. Learn its history and why this eatery is a place where everybody is part of the family. Governor's Charity Steer Show - Over 25 years, the Governor's Charity Steer show has donated more than one million dollars to the Ronald McDonald Houses in Iowa. Each year, celebrities and dignitaries, including Iowa's governors, become animal exhibitors for a day. Governor Chet Culver took his turn around the ring at this year's charity event. Horse Show - Miniature Horses - Their small stature is a product of centuries of breeding. Bred as pets for nobility in the 17th century, some miniatures were also used as work horses. Today, the small animals bring their unique charm to the Livestock Pavilion show ring. Highlights include pleasure driving events and the youth costume class. Late Model Races (Deery Brothers Summer Series) - Description coming soon – need to know what cars are involved, etc. Side Roads - State Fair Volunteers - Paul Berge is travelling down another Side Road at the Fair. He finds some of the folks who help keep the Fair going every year, the unsung Fair volunteers. Art Judging (Photography) - The technology for taking photographs has changed considerably with the advent of digital cameras. But the art of taking a good picture hasn't changed. At the Cultural Center we see some winners in the Photography Salon. Veteran's Day Parade - Monday, August 11 was Veterans' Day at the Fair. We always like to attend the Veterans' Parade on the Grand Concourse. It's a privilege to honor those who came home and those who didn't. They all made it possible for us to celebrate our Fair. Monster Arm Wrestling - At the Media Center in the Cattle Barn, force is pitted against force. The Monster Arm Wrestling tournament is celebrating it's 30th year at the Fair. [57 minutes]

  • Episode #3904

    Turkey Calling Contest/Duck Calling Contest - At Pioneer Hall not only do contests recognize old arts and crafts, they showcase skills we still use. Hunters still call turkeys and ducks. And Peter Hamlin was there to hear them calling. Side Roads - What you "gotta" love at the Fair - Paul Berge is on another Side Road at the Fair. Our intrepid reporter is combing the Fairgrounds looking for just exactly what you "gotta" love at this year's Fair. Wood Chopping Contest - It takes a sharp ax, strength, skill and very good hand eye coordination at the Wood Chopping contest. Peter Hamlin is at Pioneer Hall. 4-H Swine - We're back in the ring at the Swine Barn, this time with the 4-H exhibitors. They're showing their pigs and demonstrating what they've learned about showing animals. And they're making us all proud again. Food Judging - Favorite Food My Mother Prepared - Cooking is both an art and a science. But it's even more than that. It can also be about family traditions and nostalgia. At the Elwell Family Food Center they're judging "Favorite Food My Mother Prepared." Cookout Contest - The contestants arrive early to set up their grills and prepare their tables. It's the Cookout Contest at the Iowa State Fair. It's one of Peter Hamlin's favorite contests; Peter loves to eat and talk. Belgian Horse Show - Weighing more than a ton, the Belgian is considered one of the strongest horse breeds. And their power and grace are obvious. Enjoy their gleaming coats, braided manes and shining harnesses as the Belgian team and four-horse hitch classes compete at the Livestock Pavilion. Beard Growing Contest - Many contests at the Fair are about measuring things - how far you can throw something, how long does it take you to run somewhere pushing something. So it should be no surprise that they have the rulers out and are measuring beards at Pioneer Hall. A Master Artist in Wood - Meet Bob Kroese of Pella . He's an award-winning, nationally recognized artist in wood. And anyone who has seen the wood carving contest winners at the Cultural Center has seen his work. Outhouse Races - The course is short and intense; the competition can get really dirty. And Fairgoers really seem to enjoy the Outhouse Races on the Grand Concourse. [58 minutes]

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