State Fair opening ceremony routine returns


DES MOINES, IOWA — The Iowa State Fair is back after a 2020 pandemic cancellation. On Thursday morning Governor Kim Reynolds helped re-open the fairgrounds to the first of the one million plus visitors who’ll come to Des Moines this week. Roger Riley takes us on a morning tour with the governor and to the Butter Cow.

“And then we also have leading the jersey Butter Cow this year in memory of Joe Lyon who passed away earlier this year, Duffy Lyons husband and famed dairy man d in his own right,” said Sarah Pratt, who is the butter cow artist.

Also there was held a fitness walk, coupled with looking at historical spots on the Iowa State Fair.

 To promote physical activity and health and well-being it’s become an annual tradition,” said Chris Kramer of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. and we’re thrilled to bring it back after last year‘s hiatus this year is self guided in the map on your fan shows 14 historical sites.

At the opening ceremony Fair Manager Gary Slater said they did not want to make the decision they did last June, to cancel the 2020 Iowa State Fair, but they did the right thing. He thanked people for coming out to buy buckets of Barksdales cookies, as that at least gave the Fair a little income.

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