Get some sleep this weekend Crestonians — because Monday evening you’ll need that extra energy to participate in a community tailgating party at the restored Creston Depot. Why is there a tailgate on Monday?
This year, Creston was selected as the first stop on WHO-TV Channel 13's RVTV tour — a weeklong event leading up to the CyHawk rivalry game between Iowa and Iowa State scheduled Saturday evening.
The family-friendly tailgating party is slated to begin at 4 p.m. at the restored Creston Depot. A wide range of events are scheduled including a best dressed contest, victory trucks contest, facepainting and more. (See "tailgating events" sidebar for details on all the events happening between 4 and 10:30 p.m.)
"Come out and support your team," said Creston Mayor Warren Woods. "And, if you aren't a fan of either team then come out and support the Creston community. This is an exciting event for our community. Iowa versus Iowa State is a great rivalry. Both have large fan bases in Creston and those fans know how to have fun in a good-natured way."
WHO13 RVTV — hosted by WHO13 sports directors Andy Fales and Keith Murphy — will have live broadcast from Creston at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.
"This is a fun event," said Ellen Gerharz, Creston Chamber of Commerce executive director. "We are going to create a tailgating atmosphere for people. There will be vendors making your favorite foods. Tents will be up. We will have games. You don't have to be fan of either team to come to this. It's about supporting the Creston community. This is a chance for us show off Creston in a positive light."
Andy likes Creston
Fales and Murphy have hosted RVTV for more than eight years. However, this is the first time they have ever stopped in Creston. Murphy expects Creston to be a good stop along the tour this year.
"The main thing is, Andy really likes Creston," Murphy said. "He thinks it is a nice town and we haven't been there before. He thought it would be a town that would show up strong. It seems to be a sports-oriented community, too."
Creston is the first stop on the tour. Then, in order, stops include Jefferson on Tuesday, Webster City on Wednesday, Iowa Falls on Thursday and Ames on Friday.
The Iowa versus Iowa State game will played in Ames this year. Kickoff is slated for 5 p.m. Saturday.
RVTV crew will roll into Creston between 11 a.m. and noon Monday.
Murphy said the first hour or two of the day is spent setting equipment up and figuring out logistics, such as Internet, live shots for the television broadcasts and everything else that goes into producing a live television broadcast.
Murphy and Fales also broadcast their afternoon sports talk radio show — The Murph and Andy Show — from each town they stop in. That show airs from 2 to 4 p.m. on 1460 KXNO.
Tailgating begins at 4 p.m. at the restored Creston Depot.
"Come up and join us," Gerharz said. "I can't stress enough, you don't have to be a fan of either team to support this event. There will something for everyone."
(CNA Sports Editor Scott Vicker contributed to this story)
There are several events scheduled Monday when the WHO-13 RVTV tour stops in Creston.
Tailgating at the restored Creston Depot runs from 4 to 10:30 p.m. Monday. Below are some of the scheduled events. For a complete list, see the Creston Chamber of Commerce website.
LIVE FROM CRESTON: WHO13 RVTV will be broadcasting live from the Creston tailgating event at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.
MASCOT APPEARANCE: Cy the Cyclone will be visiting the Creston tailgating event.
VICTORY TRUCKS: There will be a competition between Iowa, Iowa State and Creston Panther fans during the tailgating event to see which fan base can donate the most non-perishable food items for the food pantry.
Stalker Chevrolet will have a truck for Iowa fans, M&M Motors has the ISU truck and Creston Automotive will have the truck for those who don’t support either team, but want to support Creston.
Donations can be made prior to the event by visiting those dealerships.
BEST DRESSED: There will be a competition for the best dressed/most supportive Hawkeye and Cyclone supporter. It’s an all-ages competition. There will also be categories for best dressed pet and family. Sign up by 5 p.m. at the restored Creston Depot. Winners will be shown on the 6 p.m. WHO13 telecast.
COME FOR DINNER: Several local vendors including Hy-Vee, A&G, Upper Crust, Fareway, Adams Street Espresso, The Windrow, Creston Elks and Creston Volunteer Fireman will be
selling tailgating food in the Depot parking lot Monday.
GAMES: SWCC staff/students will be hosting tailgating games at the restored Creston Depot.