The Iowa State Fair kicked off yesterday.
For the next week and a half, thousands of eastern Iowans will head to Des Moines for the annual event.
It’s another year of top-notch grandstand entertainment with concerts from Hootie and the Blowfish, Luke Bryan, Pentatonix and Chainsmokers, but for most Iowans, it’s about much more than that.
John Harms of Monticello, the Great Jones County Fair Manager who also serves on the Iowa State Fair Board, says it all comes down to celebrating Iowa’s residents and their accomplishments.
Several local residents are being recognized today. Carol Jebens of Delhi is being honored as the “Iowan of the Day” at today’s State Fair. The Rick and Kathy Demmer Family of Peosta are receiving the “Way We Live Award” today. And Nathan Maiers from the Independence Fareway store will be competing in the Iowa Best Bagger Competition with thirteen other contestants.
And the Iowa State Fair Queen contest is going on this week, with the winner to be announced on Saturday night. Several local fair queens are in the running, including Delaware County’s Shelby March.
The Iowa State Fair runs through next Sunday, August 18th.