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Sounds Like Fun at the Iowa State Fair for Military Families

Operation Military Kids


AMES, Iowa--More than 1,300 tickets have been reserved for military family members to attend the Iowa State Fair Aug. 13-16, compliments of Operation: Military Kids (OMK), in partnership with Iowa State University Extension 4-H Youth Development and the Army Youth Development Project (AYDP).

Chris Gleason, 4-H program coordinator and AYDP liaison, said, “The response for tickets has been amazing. We hope to see lots of new faces in the 4-H Exhibits Building.”

Activities kick off at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 13 when Iowa State’s Cy mascot will join military families and others to celebrate Iowa veterans in a parade down the Grand Concourse. Military families also can join OMK in the 4-H Exhibits Building for three days of activities beginning Monday at 1:30 - 4 p.m. and continuing Tuesday, Aug. 14 and Thursday, Aug. 16, 9 a.m. to noon. OMK staff will lead a tour of the fairgrounds, give a behind-the-scenes peek at the 4-H livestock shows and head out on a scavenger hunt.

Camo Cooler day is Wednesday, Aug. 15, in the 4-H Exhibits Building when families can join in a 4-H community service project to help keep deployed soldiers cool.  Participants will learn how to sew Camo Coolers and can make them for their own soldiers. “Coolers” are worn around the neck.

Gleason said, “I want to thank all those who continue to provide support and outreach for military kids and families. I received many warm greetings from those who requested the complimentary tickets.”


Contacts :

Chris Gleason, 4-H Youth Development, (515) 294-1557 and (515) 262-3111 ext. 380 at state fair, cgleason@iastate.edu


Carol Ouverson, Extension Communications and Marketing, (515) 294-9640 and (515) 262-3111 ext 380 at state fair, couverso@iastate.edu