Good morning, Iowa!
I hope that all of you had a fun Fourth of July and enjoyed spending time with your loved ones underneath all of the fireworks. ICYMI: Did you see this perfectly patriotic Iowa barn? It's awesome. While you're catching up, check out this "Field of Dreams" parody video from Daytrotter and Iowans' online chatter about #GrowingUpInIowa. And did you hear that Fong's is back? What a time to be alive. Let's chat about what else we're seeing around town...
The first day of sweet corn season is a BIG deal. It arrives once a year. Its arrival is usually around July Fourth and lasts until August. When did this tradition begin? Well, Mike Kilen states its origins here:
The seasonal Iowa ritual started Friday for farmer Ray Christenson, famous among corn gobblers of Grimes Sweet Corn, who commanded his legion of two dozen pickers to the field to gather the season’s first sweet corn. They rushed it to the street corners for waiting masses in loaded pickup truck beds covered with colorful canvas tents. Mechanical pickers aren’t as tidy, said Ray, his meaty, dirty paw wrapped around a sweating can of V8 while standing in his muddy farm yard.
Why do Iowans like sweet corn so much? It's good. The end.
People in Maryland love crab cakes. New Yorkers can't live without bagels. Illinois' deep-dish pizza is EVERYTHING. But what does Iowa have? Pork tenderloins! You can apparently find some of the best at a local grocery store. B&B Grocery, 2001 SE Sixth St., was recognized for its “killer pork breaded pork tenderloin,” according to PureWow.
Did you hear about Lost Island Waterpark? Well, Iowa’s largest waterpark in Waterloo and TripAdvisor just named it the 12th best water park in the United States. The waterpark has 24 acres of water slides, body slides, wave pools and lazy rivers.
Got a hankering for some Iowa State Fair food? You don’t have to wait until August to get your fix. Start off this Saturday! The Corndog Kickoff Benefit Auction and Fair Food Grazing Party, a fundraiser for the Blue Ribbon Foundation to help renovate and preserve the Iowa State Fairgrounds, includes an evening of live entertainment, a variety of auction packages and, yes, your fair food favorites. Tickets are $75 each at blueribbonfoundation.org. The event is held at the William C. Knapp Varied Industries Building on the fairgrounds.
I'M IN LOVE WITH...
- Our Things to Do app! Download it (for FREE) and enter to win 2 VIP Passes to see Zeds Dead, Machine Gun Kelly and more July 22 and 23 at Western Gateway Park for 515 Alive. (iPhone app | Android app) VIP Passes include: a 515 Alive T-shirt, pin, festival poster, sunglasses, shaded VIP viewing area (with main stage view and seats), souvenir mug (with drink specials), drawstring bag, cloth VIP wristband and a separate bar with top shelf. Sounds pretty good, right? What are you waiting for? Go download the app...
- Ameena, Juice