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Fair 2009

Episode #4002

Big Bear Show - Our first stop is at Walnut Square and the Welde Family’s Big Bears. Four generations of this family have worked to preserve these truly magnificent animals.
Corn Dog Kickoff - Since 1993, the Blue Ribbon Foundation has raised over 80 million dollars for the State Fair. The Corn Dog Kickoff is one of its fundraising events.
Authentic Records - Des Moines-based Authentic Records promotes artists that may go “under-noticed.” Part of that effort was a day of different artists at the AE Stage.
Dairy Cattle - Iowa’s dairy farmers have over 200,000 milk cows in production. We saw some of the best of the best at the dairy cattle show in the Livestock Pavilion.
Jacobson Exhibition Center - The Iowa State Fair is a wonderful blend of old and new ... from the contests and exhibits to the buildings. We preview a new exhibit hall coming next year.
Puddle Jumpers - Strolling around the fairgrounds, if you’re lucky, you’ll meet Paul the Gooseman. Actually he doesn’t stroll that much, delighted crowds can really slow him down.

Art Judging: Photos - Over the decades, the technology of taking photographs has changed radically. But at the Cultural Center, it’ s still the “art” of the photo that brings home a ribbon.
Draft Horses - In many Fair competitions, it takes dedication and daily effort to be ready for the show ring. We meet some people who have a passion for Percherons.
Fun Forest - His name is Steve Trash. His act is the Green Magic Show. He does magic and promotes ecology while everyone has “fun” at the Fun Forest Stage.
Queen Contest - As is traditional on our second night of Fair coverage, it’s time for the State Fair Queen contest. The judges had a hard time at the Anne and Bill Riley Stage.
Queen Interview [52 minutes] Closed Captioning

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  • Episode #4001

    Parade Chainsaw Carving - Heritage Village showcases our ancestors skills. And I know they had axes and knives and handsaws ... but I’m just not sure about chainsaws. Photo Judges - Going behind the scenes, we learn what it takes to create an award-winning photo from someone who knows.... a well-known Iowa photographer. The Nadas - They started as a college band in the mid 1990s in Ames and are still going strong. We’re giving it up for The Nadas at the Anderson Erickson Dairy Stage. Food Judging - It’s time for measuring cups and spoons at the Elwell Family Food Center. There were hundreds of entries in the battle for the best dinner rolls. FFA Market Swine - Time for a stop at the livestock ring. In the Swine Barn, the young folks from FFA are working to make their animals look good for the judge. Cowgirl Queen - They’re stomping on the bleachers, hooting and hollering at the Livestock Pavilion. The crowd’s ecnouraging the cowgirl queen contestants as they give the cowgirl salute. Flowers - Preparing the Fairgrounds for visitors is a lot of work. And many may not even notice the foliage all over the grounds. But Flower Power does make a difference. Tall Corn - The Iowa Corn song identifies Iowa as the state where the tall corn grows. So we stopped by Pioneer Hall to check out the tall corn contest. Big Animals - We said earlier we’ve been covering the Fair for 39 years. And it just had to happen. We’ve run out of words for the next contest. I’ll just say, it’s big. [55 minutes]

  • Episode #4003

    Campground - You know, some people love the Fair so much they live here, and some even come 11 days before the Fair starts. You find them at the Campgrounds. Fun Forest - At the Fun Forest Stage, The Rhinestone Roper and his Amazing Trick Horse, Lucky Joe, put on a great old-fashioned wild west show. FFA Parade of Champions - For young people in FFA the Fair is a very special time, especially when they end up leading a winner at the Parade of Champions in the Livestock Pavilion. Food Judging - Sesame Street’s cookie monster would love our next story. It’s the cookie judging at the Elwell Family Food Center. Cookie” 4-H Youth - 4-H helps Iowa’s youth develop their abilities and character in all sorts of ways. For example, training a dog to show can build patience, skill and self-esteem. Authentic Records - One of the artists Authentic Records showcased at the AE Dairy Stage was Benjamin Wagner. He writes, sings, and plays his own guitar. Fabrics & Threads - In the Varied Industries Building everything is not “industrial.” We found some quite artistic, one-of-a kind winners in Quilts, Fabrics and Threads. Grandstand 100th Anniversary - Iowans prize their heritage. And we re proud to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Fair Grandstand – and all the events it has witnessed. 4-H Sheep - The young people take center stage again. This time it’ s the 4-H’ers in the Sheep Barn ring. They’re herding their performance and market sheep for the judge. Butter Sculpture - “Butter.” If you’re an Iowan and it’s Fair time you know what that means. This year, a Jersey butter cow is joined by the 1969 moon landing. Marble Shoot - You can join a tradition that’s thousands of years old – though it’s only been at the Fair for 9 years. You’re invited to shoot marbles at Heritage Village. [54 minutes]

  • Episode #4004

    Auctioneer Contest - Our first stop is at the Anne and Bill Riley Stage where they’re warming up for some really fast talking. It’s the Iowa Championship Auctioneers Contest. Pies - Our next story is as American as apple pie. We meet a winning pie maker getting ready for the Fair and recruiting future pie makers. Fun Forest - At the Fun Forest Stage – VSA Iowa vocalist Denise Shipler wants audiences to know that we can all get through life’s challenges Bubba Sorenson Freedom Rock - Known for painting the Freedom Rock to honor veterans, Iowa’s Ray “Bubba” Sorenson II, is bringing his patriotic art to the Cultural Center. Governor's Charity Steer Show - It’s the best of both worlds, competing and benefiting the families of seriously ill children. At the Livestock Pavilion, the Governor’s Charity Steer Show. Fiddler's Championship - Fiddlers first competed at the Fair in 1925. Eighty-four years later they’re still a foot-tapping crowd favorite up at Pioneer Hall. Art Judging - I think it must take a steady hand and good eyesight to win in our next contest. It’s Doll Houses and Miniature Rooms at the Cultural Center. FFA Youth - FFA challenges young people in many skills. And it takes a lot of work to master one’s choice. Just consider what it takes to restore a tractor. Poultry - Raising poultry doesn’t seem that difficult, right. Well, it’s different with some birds. We meet a couple who win awards with their “fancy” poultry. Veterans Parade - It’s the Veterans’ Day Parade on the Grand Concourse, our opportunity to honor the people who make it possible for us to celebrate our Fair. The Nadas - We have an encore performance with The Nadas at the AE Dairy Stage. This home grown folk rock quintet is a big hit wherever it goes. [54 minutes]

  • Episode #4005

    Cookout Contest, Whistling/Yodeling, Stock Car Races, Authentic Records, 4-H Swine, Talent Show 50th Anniversary, Food Judging, Country Gold, Tractor Pull, Outhouse Races [55 minutes]

  • Episode #4006

    Fishing Friendzy, Dairy Goats, Polka, Cakes, Stock Cars, Art Judging, Grand Champion Steer, Tractor Pull, Ladies Nail Driving, Demolition Derby, 4-H & FFA Sale of Champions [47 minutes]

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