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    Silos & Smokestacks Exhibit Returns to the Iowa State Fair

    August 04, 2016

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    Jori Wade-Booth, Marketing & Communications Manager
    Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area
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    Silos & Smokestacks exhibit returns to the Iowa State Fair

    DES MOINES, Iowa – “It Takes an Iowan,” an interactive exhibit created by Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA), will make its second appearance at the 2016 Iowa State Fair, Aug.11-21 in Des Moines.


    The unique and educational exhibit focuses on Iowans as leaders in the ongoing endeavor of providing food for the nation and the world.


    “I am excited this exhibit, educating Iowans on the many roles we have played and continue to play in feeding the world, will be returning to the great Iowa State Fair,” said Silos & Smokestacks President Cara Miller. “I hope my fellow Iowans will take advantage of the opportunity the exhibit provides to share how they will make a difference in helping to feed a growing population.”


    According to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the global population will hit nine billion by 2050. Feeding the world is no small task and this exhibit features Iowans role in assisting those in need to meet the changing diets of billions. Visitors will learn Iowans are not only leaders in agriculture, but also in education, technology, communication, legislation and transportation.


    “I hope this exhibit starts conversations and motivates people to research these topics, make their own informed decisions and help educate one another,” said Laura Elfers, educational engagement director for Silos & Smokestacks.


    “It Takes An Iowan” will be located in the John Deere Agriculture Building right next to the famous butter cow. The exhibit features interviews and commentary from Iowa farmers, educators, inventors and agriculture leaders including United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.


    New to this year’s exhibit is the hands-on Ag Career Interactive introducing young visitors to jobs that are connected to agriculture. Fair-goers can also pick up a one-of-a-kind “It Takes an Iowan Farmer on a Stick.” A hand-fan that features information and fun facts about agriculture. To follow the exhibit’s progress or to see where it will be on display next, visit


    Celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year, SSNHA 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. To learn more about Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area, visit


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