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    Silos & Smokestacks’ Partner Sites Compete for “Site of the Year”

    Northeast Iowa – Each year, Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) celebrates the best in heritage development by presenting Golden Silo Awards to individuals and organizations whose contributions demonstrate outstanding excellence in preserving and sharing America’s agricultural story. The People’s Choice “Site of the Year” is a special award presented to one deserving SSNHA Partner Site, where the public decides the winner from a group of nominees.

    From March 16 through March 30, voting will be open online at, with detailed schedule listed below:

    • March 16-22
    First-Round (7 Nominees)
    • March 24-30
    Second-Round (3 Finalists)
    • April 1
    Winner announced during Golden Silo Awards

    This year’s People’s Choice “Site of the Year” nominees include:
    • Floyd County Historical Museum, Charles City
    • Fossil & Prairie Park Preserve & Center, Rockford
    • Iowa’s Dairy Center, Calmar
    • Heartland Acres Agribition Center, Independence
    • Hurstville Interpretive Center, Maquoketa
    • National Farm Toy Museum, Dyersville
    • University of Iowa Museum of Natural History, Iowa City

    Follow voting updates and results on Twitter or Facebook at #GoldenSilo. You may also show your support for your favorite nominee by joining us for the annual Golden Silo Awards Luncheon on April 1 from 12:00-1:30 p.m. at the Kinze Innovation Center, Williamsburg, Iowa. Make a day of the event with a tour of the Kinze Innovation Center or a Guided Plant tour.

    Tickets for the luncheon are $25 per person, with reservations due by March 25. Kinze Manufacturing Plant tours are free. For more information or to register, visit or call 319-234-4567. Thank you to The Iowan Magazine for sponsoring the People’s Choice “Site of the Year” award, along with Iowa Farm Bureau Federation and Iowa Pork Producers Association for their continued support of the awards luncheon.

    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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