Free Entertainment at 2007 Iowa State Fair

State Fair announces free entertainment line-up for this year's August 9-19 event.

Country stars Steve Holy and Josh Gracin, rock groups Survivor and Loverboy, and the legendary Don McLean are just a few of the star-studded entertainment included free with gate admission to the 2007 Iowa State Fair. The fair, which this year has the theme "Sounds Like Fun," is August 9-19 in Des Moines.

The impressive roster, offering more than $400,000 in entertainment value, is a blend of local and national, up-and-coming, and classic blues, country, rock, pop and comedy acts.

Steve Holy's latest hit 'Brand New Girlfriend" hit Billboard Country Singles chart at #1 and his 2000 album, "Blue Moon" went platinum with the chart-topping single "Good Morning Beautiful." Holy will perform August 11. After winning over fans as a top four finalist on season two of American Idol, Josh Gracin's self-titled debut album went gold, and he is set to release his sophomore album with the popular single "Favorite State of Mind." Gracin will take the stage August 17.

Rock group Survivor topped the charts with "Eye of the Tiger" and followed up with hits including "Burning Heart," "The Search is Over," and "High on You." They take the stage August 12. Loverboy, best known for hits "Turn Me Loose," "Heaven in Your Eyes" and "Working for the Weekend," will perform August 18.

Legendary singer/songwriter Don McLean rocketed into fame with the release of "American Pie," which was named one of the top five Songs of the Century by the Recording Industry Association of America and the National Endowment for the Arts. His many hits, including "Vincent," "And I Love You So" and "Castles in the Air," earned him a spot in the Songwriter's Hall of Fame. McLean's performance is part of the Extreme Sunday festivities on August 19.

Fair and local favorites The Nadas, Jason Brown, The Blue Band and Vocal Trash are also part of the free entertainment schedule.

Corndog kickoff tickets available online

In other state fair news, please note that The Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation will be "setting up camp" on Saturday, July 14 in the William C. Knapp Varied Industries building for the 11th annual Corndog Kickoff Benefit Auction and Fair Food Grazing Party. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for a night full of food, fun and fireworks. Money raised by this fund-raising effort goes to helping repair and improve the fairgrounds.

Tickets are $60 per person, $75 after June 29 and can be purchased online at www.blueribbonfoundation.org/cdk.html or 800-450-3732.

Foods department in new location for 2007

The foods department at the Iowa State Fair has a new home this year in the Elwell Family Food Center, formerly known as the Iowa Tourism Building. The largest of any state fair in the country, our foods department boasts 63 new divisions for 2007. Don't miss all the blue ribbon jams, jellies, pies and, of course, the prize-winning ugliest cake in the ugly cake contest.

Fairgoers looking to plan their next Iowa vacation won't want to miss the tourism exhibits in their new location. Iowa Tourism Hall, located in the south conference rooms and hallway of the Varied Industries Building will feature more than 20 attractions, communities and lodging properties from across the state.

Egg decorating contest at Iowa State Fair

Here's your opportunity to show off your art skills, show pride for Iowa and win a trip to Washington, D.C. to visit your own artwork on display at the White House! The Iowa Egg Council is announcing its annual White House Egg Decorating contest, to be held August 9 at 2 p.m. at the Iowa State Fair. The winning egg will represent Iowa in the 2008 White House Easter Egg display.

Everyone is welcome to enter this contest! The only requirements are that the egg is a standard large-size chicken egg, and the design and decoration must depict an Iowa theme, location, feature or icon.

This year's awards will include a first place prize of $500 plus assistance with traveling expenses for the artist to see his/her winning egg displayed at the White House, a second place prize of $400, and a third place prize of $300. To enter the contest, request an entry form and complete list of rules by calling the Iowa Egg Council toll-free at 877-469-2344 ext. 11 or by accessing the Web site at www.iowaegg.org. Good luck!

For more information about the 2007 Iowa State Fair, visit the calendar of events on the fair's Web site at www.iowastatefair.org.

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