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Neighbors Growing Together | Aug 19, 2018

State fair opening ceremonies today

Aug 09, 2018

DES MOINES — Singer/songwriter Maddie Poppe, from Clarksville, who sang her way to the top during Season 16 of “American Idol” was recognized during opening ceremonies today at the Iowa State Fair.

Other opening ceremony recognition includes 2018 Parade Marshal Delbert Routh and 2017 Iowa State Fair Queen Jacqueline Ehrlich. Routh has been volunteering at the Fair for nearly 50 years, helping with events from the Super Bull to parades and the Clearfield Lions parking shuttles. Ehrlich was crowned during the 2017 Fair and has been traveling throughout Iowa representing the Fair between classes at Iowa State University.

Opening ceremonies took place in the newly renovated Grandstand on the Kum & Go stage with support from Kyle and Sharon Krause. The new stage features a much larger, safer stage, new sound and lights. The Blue Ribbon Foundation also recognized the 2018 Prairie Meadow Legacy Grant given to support expanded seating in the Grandstand, now called Prairie Meadows Plaza.

During opening ceremonies, Fairgoers enjoyed the first glimpses of the Kum & Go Stage, the Prairie Meadows Plaza, the new restrooms and concessions areas. Opening ceremonies also included free popcorn and before and after performances by Fair favorite The Nadas.

A complete listing of Fair activities is available at iowastatefair.org or on the Official Iowa State Fair App. The Fair, with the theme Nothing Compares to State Fair Moments continues through Aug. 19.

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