Iowa State Fair highlights featured on IPTV

Staff Writer
Story City Herald

Iowa Public Television has brought Iowa State Fair highlights statewide for 46 years and will once again broadcast extensive coverage of the Iowa State Fair, nightly at 9 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., August 15-20. These hour-long programs are among the network’s most-watched of the year. Bill Riley will return as host of this year’s coverage, which is full of feature contest results, unique stories, food, animals, music and more. IPTV will also broadcast coverage of the finals of the State Fair Talent Championship on Sunday, August 21, at 8 p.m.

Below is a list of topics scheduled for each Fair 2016 episode. Please note, topics are subject to change.

Monday, August 15

(Encore: Sunday, August 21, 2 p.m.)

State Fair Parade, Ice Carving, Backgammon Tournament, Ladies’ Chicken Calling, 4-H Kids, Decorated Cakes, Animal I Spy, Henna Tattoo Artist, Opening Ceremonies Walking Tour, FFA Sheep, Fiddlers’ Contest (Youth), Quilts

Tuesday, August 16

(Encore: Sunday, August 21, 3 p.m.)

Big Animals, Cowgirl Queen Contest, Bistrevsky Brothers Variety Show, 4-H Hands-On Activities Center, Classic Cars, Egg Rolling Contest, Sand Sculptures, Favorite Frosted Sugar Cookie Contest, FFA Parade of Champions, Butter Sculpting 101, The Gantry Show

Wednesday, August 17

(Encore: Sunday, August 21, 4 p.m.)

Butter Cow, Grocery Bagging Contest, New Fair Foods, Blacksmith Artist, Water Kids, Queen Contest & Interview, Woodturning Demonstration, Locally Grown, Iowa Fresh Food Contest, Heaviest & Lightest Pigeon, Camping Traditions, Governor’s Charity Steer Show

Thursday, August 18

(Encore: Sunday, August 21, 5 p.m.)

Chicken Washing & Blow Drying, 4-H Swine, 70th Anniversary TV Demo, Beard Growing Contest, Miniature Farm Displays, Big Pumpkin Contest, Veterans Parade, Harmonica Contests (Youth & Adult), Des Moines Storytellers’ Project, Fitness at the Fair - Yoga, Heirloom Tomato Awards, Youth Rooster Crowing

Friday, August 19

(Encore: Sunday, August 21, 6 p.m.)

Sheep Shearing Contest, Wood Sawing Contest, Breakfast with the Queens, Cow Chip Throwing, Art Attack, Farm Bureau Cookout Contest, Photography Salon, Tractor Pull, Part 1, Fairlympics, State Fair Straw Sculptor, 4-H Grand Champion Steer, Ladies’ Rubber Chicken Throwing

Saturday, August 20

(Encore: Sunday, August 21, 7 p.m.)

Mutton Bustin’, Bubblegum Blowing Contest, Sweet Corn Feed, Youth Spelling Bee, Tractor Pull, Part 2, Wildest, Best Tasting Pizza Contest, Yodeling Contest, Society Horse Show, FFA Family, People Watching & Quiet Places, 4-H & FFA Sale of Champions

Support for Fair 2016 is provided by MidAmerican Energy, EMC Insurance Companies, Iowa Communications Network and the Iowa Lottery.

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