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Taylor Swift's "1989" World Tour invades Wells Fargo Arena in downtown on Thursday. The tour and record both hold the name "1989" after Swift's birth year. But the question remains: what was going on around Iowa in 1989? In celebration of Swift's visit, her fifth to Wells Fargo, here’s a look at just that.

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Another big show in town

On Oct. 7, 1989, The Rolling Stones performed at Cyclone Stadium in Ames — which was renamed to Jack Trice Stadium in 1997 — to a crowd of 54,000 fans. “Get those Iowa country lungs out and we’ll see what we can do,” Stones frontman Mick Jagger said to the crowd before playing “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” At the time, the crowd was the largest of its kind to congregate for a rock show in Iowa history.

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RAGBRAI XVII

The 17th year of RAGBRAI started in Glenwood for the third time and ended in Bellevue for the first time. 1989’s installment of the ride lasted 479 miles and included an overnight stop in Cedar Falls, where the University of Northern Iowa put on a light show.

The Iowa State Fair

Fall in 1989 meant a wrap on another year of the Iowa State Fair. According to the fair’s website, over 857,000 people visited the State Fair in 1989, which coined the theme “Old-Fashioned Good Time.” The fair took place over a twelve-day period and 1,000 pigeons were released as part of the Great Pigeon Escape.

Cy-Hawk football

Hawkeye and Cyclone football were both in full-force during the 1989 season. The Hawkeyes went 5-6 that season under head coach Hayden Fry while the Cyclones went 6-5 under Jim Walden. The Hawkeyes defeated the ‘Clones 31-21 in the year’s Cy-Hawk match up.

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