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Iowa’s big event, the state fair starts today

Published: Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013 10:38 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013 10:54 a.m. CDT

Eleven days of fun start today with the Iowa State Fair going center stage.

The annual event should attract more than a million people this year with the weather looking to be on the cooler side this summer.

They have added several more items on a stick for your eating enjoyment. I really like the regular corndogs, but I think I’m going to try the shrimp corndog just for the heck of it! They now have a smoothie on a stick, but I think I’ll leave that one for the smoothie lovers. My wife and sons, I’m sure, will stick with their usual, a nice big turkey leg from the Turkey Federation booth with a homemade lemonade to wash it down.

The visit to see the “Big Pig” and “Big Bull” is always a must.

Hope you all have fun at the fair.

Day out

I had my brother and his wife and two cousins visit last weekend.

We took in the farmers’ market in Des Moines and the “Jersey Boys” musical at the Civic Center. If you get the chance, go and see the “Jersey Boys,” it was wonderful.

The nice weather attracted a humongous crowd to the farmers’ market downtown.

The prices at the Creston Farmers’ Market are a little better than those of the big city. You just have a little more selection there. But, Iowa corn is corn! I’m not sure the $6 a dozen would be any better than the $4 corn I buy here.

No. 1

I’m not sure all the Iowa fans are cheering with Iowa being named the top party school in the country. It may get you a few recruits, but overall, the notoriety is kind of dubious.

I read where the out-of-control drinking is getting a little better in Iowa City, but there is still a ways to go, according to the latest survey.


There sure seems to be a lot of corn on the cob this year. After a late start to the season, it looks like we should have corn into September at this rate. The cooler-than-usual weather seems to have slowed down the growth rate, but the quality of this year’s corn seems to be pretty good compared to other years.

Ag Mag

For our rural readers, the second edition of our Ag Mag will be out sometime next week. The glossy magazine is the rural version of our Creston Living magazine.

I want to give a big thank you to everyone who has commented on our Creston Living magazine. We still have a few copies of the magazine, just in case you didn’t get one.


Locally, this weekend, out at Crestmoor Golf Club is the annual Phil Tyler Pork Chop golf tournament. The tourney features pork chops for prizes.

Pro golf fans will get to watch the PGA tournament on TV this weekend. You’ll get to see if Tiger Woods can win back-to-back weeks.


Next week, Scott Vicker, our sports editor, will unveil the winner of our first-time sponsoring the high school male and female South-Central Iowa Athlete of the Year. This will become an annual event.

I know Scott had a tough time getting it down to five finalist in each division, but I also know he put in a lot of work and talked to a lot of local sports people about all the finalists. Check in next week to see the winner.

We will award a trophy to the winners and certificates to the runners-up

Thought for the day: I’m a great believer in luck. I find the harder I work, the more I have of it. — Stephen Leacock

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