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L Thursday, August 2, 2012 N/Warren Town and County News Page Eleven ! Nothing Compares Free Grounds Iowa State Fair's free grounds entertainment will fill the Fairgrounds with family fun August 9- 19. These grounds acts are just part of the more than half a million dollars of entertainment available to Fairgoers free with gate admission. "Nothing Com- pares" to this mix of art, music, comedy and ani- mals that is sure to provide fun for all ages! The Kids' Zone will be packed with kid-friendly food, entertainment and activities for the youngest Fairgoers. Located north of the Paul R. Knapp Ani- mal Learning Center, Kids' Zone includes the Blue Ribbon Kids" Club Tent, Little Hands on the Farm, Bengal Tiger Encounter, Butterfly House and Turbo Trampoline. The Bengal Tiger En- counter is an inspirational program featuring the in- credible Bengal tiger and educates the public on the loss of habitat and the kill- ing of tigers for profit in other parts of the world. These tigers are protected and cared for by loving trainers. Tigers are on dis- play all day with shows daily at 10 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. Fairgoers won't want to miss the fun and excite- ment found in the family- friendly entertainment area located west of the Richard O. Jacobson Exhi- bition Center. This area will feature the Swamp- master's Gator Show and the BMX Pros Trick Team several times daily. Starring Swampmaster and native Iowan Jeff Quattrocchi and his band of playful alligators, the Swampmaster's Gator Show provides thrills, laughter, fun facts and edge-of:the-seat entertain- ment for all. Swamp- master's shows are daily at 11 a.m., 1:30 and 3:30 p.m., west of Jacobson Exhibi- tion Center. For those looking for even bigger thrills, the BMX Pros Trick Team is sure to deliver. The show features the world's most extreme bi- cycle stunt riders in a spec- tacular, non-stop, action- packed event. The BMX Pros Trick Team presents the same championship talent that competes in the X-Games. BMX Pros Trick Team performs daily at 1, 3 and 6 p.m., west of Jacobson Exhibition Cen- ter. Fairgoers can also enjoy an impressive array of new, fun family shows across the Fairgrounds. The Red Trouser Show is a high-end street theater performance that exceeds expectations. This profes- sional and highly skilled duo is a unique and visible attraction that leaves awe- struck audiences laughing. to Iowa State Fair's Entertainment Using fire, juggling and il- lusions, the show provides a whole new kind of acro- batics that is sure to enter- tain audiences of all ages. Shows are daily at noon, 2 and 5 p.m. on Expo Hill. Bandoloni, the one man band, will be strolling the Fairgrounds to impress audiences with his harmo- nious multitasking. Fairg- oers will want to join in the fun as he belts out famil- iar family favorites while playing guitar, harmonica, tambourine, high-hat, kick-drum, snare and more- all at the same time! Catch Bandoloni strolling around the Fairgrounds daily at 10 a.m., noon, 2 and 4 p.m. "Back to the Farmer" will be the focus of a sculp- ture in the Varied Indus- tries Building by Can- struction, Inc., a group that creates art from canned goods before donating their sculpting material to local food banks. Posi- tioned around the main build of a futuristic car will be colorful and engaging sculptures depicting the continuous improvement of Iowa's farmers. Also, chainsaw artists A.J. Lutter and Gary Keenan will be sculpting four different pieces each day at 10 a.m., noon, 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. in Heritage Village. The sculp- will be audonl off at the end of the Fair. The Cultural Center atrium will be showcasing The Art of Becoming AWARE sculptures from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day. The sculptures are made from trash pulled from Iowa's rivers in Iowa DNR's Project AWARE cleanup efforts. Rounding out the free grounds entertainment, Hedrick's Petting Zoo will allow kid of all ages to get up close and personal with many animals that may not be found in the typical Iowa barn. Visit their ex- hibit from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Pella Wildlife Com- pany will also present ani- mal shows featuring bats and wolves and other en- dangered species at Maytag Family Theaters daily at 10 a.m., noon, 2, 4 and 6 p.m. In addition, an ongoing wildlife educa- tion center will run con- tinuously in Homemakers' Theater. "Nothing Compares" to the 2012 Iowa State Fair, August 9-19. A complete listing and details of free grounds entertainment, as well as all other Iowa State Fair events, is available online. For more informa- tion, call 800/545-FAIR or visit www.iowastatefa ir.org. New Food and Fun at the 2012 Iowa State Fair The Iowa State Fair will offer a plethora of new at- tractions to try, taste and watch this year. New Fair foods, attractions and con- tests are available in addi- tion to the many tradi- tional Fair favorites. "Nothing Compares" to this array of new excite- ment that awaits Fairgoers August 9-19. Attractions Experience the Fair's new zipline, located west of the Jacobson Exhibition Center. Leap from the 28- foot tower and fly 130 feet across the grounds. Buy your tickets now and save $4. A two ticket zip pack is $10 through August 8. De- tails at iowastatefair.org. Get your adrenaline pumping with the BMX Pros Trick Team, also lo- cated west of the.Jacobson Exhibition Center. This BMX show features the world's most extreme bi- cycle stunt riders in a spec- tacular, non-stop, action- packed event. Visit the Bengal Tiger Encounter in Kids' Zone for an inspira- tional program featuring the Bengal Tiger. On dis- play all day with three shows every day of the Fair, these tigers are help- ing to educate the public on the loss of habitat and the killing of tigers for profit in India and Africa. The eco-friendly trans- formation of Expo Hill will be complete for the 2012 Iowa State Fair. The latest additions include a uniquely-designed cov- ered structure which pro- vides a new location for free entertainment and so- lar panels worked into the design of the structure which will provide a por- tion of the venue's power needs. Expo Hill will fea- ture the Red Trouser Show each day at noon, 2 and 5 p.m. This duo amazes au- diences with their flawless combination of acrobatics, juggling and comedy. Ag Education Sheep Stop joins our other agricultural educa- tion stops Pig Place, Horse Haven and Cattle Corner; each located in its respec- tive barn. In this newest exhibit, learn how many sheep there are in Iowa and how much wool they produce. Learn about Iowa's ag- ricultural commodities with the AgVenture Dis- covery Trail. Explore ten stops by starting at the USDA booth in the Agri- culture Building or the Canstruction exhibit in the Varied Industries Build- ing. Learn about plants and what makes them grow with Seed Survivor. This interactive display is located in the John Deere Agriculture Building. The Paul R. Knapp Animal Learning Center will also be expanding its program- ming for the 2012 Fair by adding an aquaculture ex- hibit. Foods The Elwell Family Food Center will house a life- size moose made of Dutch chocolate. This delectable creature, crafted by the master chocolatiers at Chocolaterie Stam, will stand more than nine feet tall. The building is also home to the largest foods department in the nation with 893 contests, 43 of which are new this year. New contests include A Taste of Ireland, Seattle's Best Coffee "Search For Deliciousness," Best Pizza in Iowa, Gramp's Bacon and more. New mouthwatering foods to join the list of Fair favorites include: Gourmet s'mores, avail- able at Beaverdale Confec- tions in the Shoppers' Mart; Peach, apple or cherry crisps, available at Iowa Orchard located inside the southwest entrance of the Agriculture Building; Caribbean-style crab fritters, available at Ollie's Crab Fritters west of the Jacobson Exhibition Cen- ter; German chocolate hm nel cakes, available at The Best Around on the Tri- angle; Carrot cake funnel cakes and blue sapphire funnel cakes from West- moreland Concessions, lo- cated south of the Riley Stage; Chocolate chip can- nolis and chocolate chip cookie dough pops, both dipped in chocolate and on a stick, will be featured at Oasis Concessions on the southwest comer of the Pioneer Livestock Pavilion; Deep fried pickle "dawgs," available at the Dawg House on the Tri- angle. Also, look for our new Fair Square flavor made with marshmallows, crisp- ed rice cereal, pretzels, po- tato chips, Oreos, toffee and M&Ms. Find the Fair Square stand on the north- west corner of the Admin- istration Building. "Nothing Compares" to the 2012 Iowa State Fair, August 9-19. A complete listing and details of all daily programs are avail- able online. For more in- formation, call 800/545- FAIR or visit iowastate fair.org. LIBRARY HOURS Monday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m. Closed Sundays (Memorial Day-tabor Day) LETTERS OUR POLICY We publish letters to the editor when they are not libelous and when they are signed by the person or persons submitting them. Opinions expressed are not necessarily the opinions of the N/Warren Town and County News staff. Letters are printed as received. We do not correct spelling and grammatical errors. No Franchise Fee in Norwalk: Residents Vote NO on August 7th The Norwalk City Council wants to adopt a 5% gas and electric franchise fee. All Norwalk Mid-American Energy customers with electric or natural gas service will pay this fee. Projected fee revenue is expected to exceed $325,000 every year. The purpose of the fee is solely limited to Public Safety. Norwalk residents have petitioned for a public vote on this fee. The public vote is August 7th. Norwalk residents petitioned for a public vote be- cause some people want you to think that without this franchise fee there is no money in Norwalk to pay for public safety. However, there is a $2.9 million budget for Public Safety. This is 32% of total government ex- penditures ($9.1 million) in the revised budget as of 5/ 31/12. That percentage for public safety is more than any other city in Warren, Polk or Dallas counties, http:/ /www.dom.state.ia.us/local/city/budget_search/ index.html Voting no doesn't take away your public safety. Vot- ing no means the Council has to find a way to pay for things within the budget. The tax and spend plan of city government has reached its breaking point. The Coun- cil must make tough choices based on income it has. We all want better police, fire and rescue protection. It is not hard to explain the benefit to us but the money to pay for it should come from within the budget rather than forcing already-too-taxed citizens to cover another bill. Voting no doesn't mean you don't support the fire department. Voting no is your choice and your right. I support the police, fire and rescue departments. These people put their lives on the line for us every day. We are blessed to have these wonderful employees and vol- unteers. I also want our city, businesses and neighbor- hoods to be safe. However, some people want you to believe that without a franchise fee for public safety you are just not safe in Norwalk. I have been told to vote yes. because if I (and you) don't, "maybe" no one will be around to help you when you need it. These people want you to vote out of fear. Norwalk Councilman Dave Murillo said it best in the fall of last year. He was quoted on whotv.com and in newspapers saying he believes people are sick of what he calls government big brother. "The overwhelming message we hear from people across the country today, not just in Norwalk they're tired of government get- ring in their pocketbooK" Murillo says, "People are taxed to the max. They're sick and tired of giving al- most 50-percent of their income to government. They're sick of government." 10/27/2011 I agree. This new fee puts a burden on a community already worn thin. Vote No on August 7th. /s/Erika Isley 3086 S. 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