Silos & Smokestacks launches new exhibit at Iowa State Fair

Silos & Smokestacks launches new exhibit at Iowa State Fair

Visitors will learn Iowans are not only leaders in agriculture, but also in a number of other endeavors.

The Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area, an organization headquartered at Waterloo in northeast Iowa, will launch a new interactive exhibit at the 2015 Iowa State Fair. The fair takes place August 13-23 in Des Moines.

The exhibit is named "It Takes An Iowan," and it focuses on Iowans as leaders in the ongoing endeavor of providing food for our nation and the world.

Visitors will learn Iowans are not only leaders in agriculture, but also in a number of other endeavors.

"I am excited about this exhibit, educating all Iowans on the many roles we have played and continue to play in feeding the world. The exhibit will be making its debut at the Iowa State Fair," says Silos & Smokestacks president Cara Miller. "I hope my fellow Iowans will take advantage of the opportunity the exhibit provides to share how they will make a difference in helping to feed a growing population."

Exhibit explains Iowa's role in assisting people in need
According to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the global population will hit 9 billion by 2050. Feeding the world is no small task and this exhibit features Iowa's role in assisting those in need to meet the changing diets of billions. Visitors will learn Iowans are not only leaders in agriculture, but also in education, technology, communication, legislation and transportation.

"I hope this exhibit starts conversations and motivates people to research these topics, make their own informed decisions and help educate one another," says Laura Elfers, education and interpretation manager for Silos & Smokestacks.

IT TAKES AN IOWAN: The new exhibit at the 2015 Iowa State Fair focuses on Iowans as leaders in the ongoing effort of providing food for our nation and the world, and in other efforts to help serve people.

"It Takes An Iowan" is No. 7 on the Iowa State Fair's list of "Top 11 at the Fair" and will be located in the John Deere Agriculture Building. The exhibit features interviews and commentary from Iowa farmers, educators, inventors and agriculture leaders including U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. To follow the exhibit's progress or to see where it will be on display next, visit

SSNHA is one of 49 federally designated heritage areas in the nation and is an Affiliated Area of the National Park Service. The Heritage Area covers 37 counties in the northeast quadrant of Iowa. Interstate 80 borders it on the south and Interstate 35 borders it on the west. Through a network of sites, programs and events, SSNHA interprets farm life, agribusiness, and rural communities past and present. To learn more about Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area, visit


Keep Iowa Beautiful announces Iowa State Fair photo promo
In other news about the upcoming 2015 Iowa State Fair, the organization "Keep Iowa Beautiful" or KIB will launch an Iowa State Fair Daily Photo Promotion August 13-23 during the fair. This daily photo contest invites fair attendees to capture the beauty of the State Fair during their visit, email the digital photo to Keep Iowa Beautiful ([email protected]) with their contact information to be entered for a chance to win a $25 Casey's General Stores gift card.

Also, they can win a complimentary, one-year Keep Iowa Beautiful membership and Keep Iowa Beautiful lapel pin. Eleven winners will be selected, one for each day of the Iowa State Fair.

There are plenty of picture opportunities at Iowa State Fair
"There are wonderful images to be photographed around our great state fair. We are excited to see the Iowa State Fair through the eyes of others and are proud to launch this daily contest with Casey's General Stores," says Gerry Schnepf, executive director of KIB. "We are dedicated to cleaning up the grounds throughout the duration of the fair. You'll see teams picking up trash with our signature 'grabbers.' We're helping to make it beautiful throughout the fairgrounds; that's why we want others to capture that beautiful side of the fair."

Fairgoers are encouraged to use their smartphones or cameras to snap a photo during the fair, email it to KIB for a chance to win each day. The photos may be used on KIB's social media platforms and website. Winners will be notified within the week of the fair and will be mailed their award.

Stop by the Keep Iowa Beautiful booth in the Varied Industries Building to learn more about this photo promotion or search #StateFairBeautiful on Twitter and Facebook. Winners for the daily contest are selected after midnight each day of the fair. KIB reserves the right to use any submitted contest photos on KIB promotional materials, on social media and on the KIB website. The rules allow one photo submission per person, per day submitted by midnight each day.

About Keep Iowa Beautiful: Keep Iowa Beautiful was established in 2000 by co-founders Robert D. Ray and Donald F. Lamberti becoming the 23rd State Affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. It is a 501c3 charitable organization working with Iowa citizens, neighborhoods, communities and regions in improving the quality, beauty and cleanliness of our State. KIB empowers Iowan's to have a greater commitment in building pride and respect in the places we live. For additional information, visit

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