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Silos & Smokestacks to Honor Best in Agricultural Heritage Preservation

Northeast Iowa – Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) will be holding their
annual Golden Silo Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, April 4, from 12:00-1:30 p.m. at the
Waterloo Center for the Arts in Waterloo, IA. Each year, SSNHA celebrates the best in
heritage development by presenting Golden Silo Awards to individuals and organizations
whose contributions demonstrate outstanding excellence in preserving and telling America’s
agricultural story.

This year’s event will feature a special presentation by the Grout Museum District, Waterloo,
IA, from its farm story video history project. Iowa farmer Keith Elwick will share his inspiring
story as an inventor on his farm near Vinton, IA. His ‘revolutionary’ Hawk Bilt manure
spreader helped transform agriculture worldwide and made him the first American to receive
two British implement prizes from the Queen of England. This event is supported in part by
Iowa Farm Bureau and will feature an Iowa foods three-course meal exclusive to the event by
Executive Chef Dan Ankrum.

“We are excited to partner with the Grout Museum District to share Keith Elwick’s unique
story. The farm story video history project exemplifies the endeavors honored by the Golden
Silo Awards,” commented Don Short, SSNHA President.

Tickets to this recognition of the Heritage Area’s finest are $15 a person, with reservations
due by March 28. For more information or to register, visit www.silosandsmokestacks.org.

Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area 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.

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