Good morning, Iowa!

There's another Nitefall on the River event tonight and this time it's with Gov’t Mule. Experience a one-of-a-kind Gov’t Mule show as they celebrate their 20th anniversary with a quintessential expect-the-unexpected performance. They welcome very special guest Blackberry Smoke at 7 p.m. on the Simon Estes Amphitheater, 75 E. Locust St. Tickets are $35-$40 at Let's catch you up on what you've missed...


When Steven Tyler said at his Grandstand show Saturday night that he was going to get a corn dog after his gig, he was serious. He gave notice to the rides and illuminated signs just beyond the Grandstand multiple times during his performance, even saying he wanted to hop on some of the rides. After his show, he walked through the fair and had himself a corn dog. He's just like one of us. He's a real man of the people.


Know somebody with three days to spare? Tell them to come to Des Moines. Travel & Leisure magazine is putting together some handy guides on how to spend three days in various cities across the U.S. Of course they included the obvious choices like Seattle, San Francisco and Orlando, but our modest Midwest city made this list, too. What were the suggestions? For day one, head over to La Mie for breakfast and Hagar's Manhattan Deli for lunch with a pit stop in between at the Des Moines Art Center. I can't say that I disagree.


When a bar opened on the flat midsection of Iowa in July, it recalled the social unity of grain threshing crews a century before. Dozens of residents saw a need, and they gathered to fill it, launching a new prairie proverb: "It takes a village to raise a bar." What unfolded was the story of rural Iowa — at least the fun part. Big screens, cheering, pizza, Milwaukee’s Best. Everything that makes life good during football season. Here's this town's story.

Ingersoll Live! on Aug. 27

This family-friendly street festival of the Ingersoll and Grand District offers live music, including performances by The Maytags and Brazilian 2wins, food, beverages and street performances. Kids will enjoy inflatables, rides, crafts and activities. 2800 block of Ingersoll Avenue. 4-11 p.m. Free admission.


- Ameena, Juice

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