|A little Iowa humor|
- The real Iowa is off the beaten path.
at the crossroads of two major interstate highways (80 and 35), Iowa is truly
the heart of America. As you explore the Hawkeye State’s 99 counties, you
discover a mix of modern cities, unique small towns and thousands of farms like
my family’s Century Farm in Calhoun County, which has been owned by our family
for more than 100 years. Think Iowa is flat? Think again. Anyone who has ever
experienced RAGBRAI (the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa) can
tell you Iowa’s landscape features streams, river valleys and
RAGBRAI rolled through Lake City in 2012
- “Iowa Nice” is real. Iowans may be the friendliest people in America. In 2015, Governor Terry Branstad (the longest-serving governor of any state in America's history) proclaimed Nov. 2-8 as the second annual Farmer Wave Week in Iowa. This honors the one-finger wave (with the index finger, not the middle finger!) that Iowans use to greet neighbors and strangers as they drive by.
farm strong. While fewer than five percent of Iowans
farm, Iowa’s status as an agriculture powerhouse is known worldwide. Iowa has
88,500 farms (of which 97 percent are family-owned) where families produce
corn, soybeans, pigs, cattle, dairy, eggs and more. Not only does the average
American farmer feed about 154 people worldwide, but one in five Iowans go to
work because of agriculture. Also, agriculture accounts for about one third of
the dollars driving Iowa’s economy.
Iowa is Farm Strong
- It’s all about the Cyclones and Hawkeyes. We don’t have an NFL or NBA team, but we’ve got the Iowa State University Cyclones and the University of Iowa Hawkeyes—and we’re fiercely devoted to our favorite team. If a Hawkeye marries a Cyclone, it’s a house divided.
- We’re a provincial/progressive mix. Iowans are known for traditional values, and we’re also leaders in civil rights. Examples range from Jack Trice, an African-American football player who helped break the color barrier in the early 1920s at Iowa State (where the university’s football stadium now bears his name) to Edna Griffin, a civil rights pioneer from Des Moines who was known as the “Rosa Parks of Iowa.”
- Conversations revolve around the weather. From blizzards to tornadoes, we have it all. Temperature swings of 30 or 40 degrees in a matter of hours aren’t uncommon. Don’t like the weather here? Wait 10 minutes, and it will probably change.
- We speak our own language. Don’t call it soda. Around here, it’s pop. Also, if you hear us talking about the crick, we’re referring to the creek.
- Iowans embrace unique food
traditions. We love serving chili with a homemade cinnamon
roll or caramel roll on the side (a throwback to our school lunch days).
A huge breaded pork tenderloin from The Lucky Pig
- Nothing compares to the Iowa State Fair. Since 1854, the Iowa State Fair has been a highlight of the summer. In 2015, more than 1 million people attended the state fair in Des Moines to see the famous Butter Cow, sample pork chops on a stick and celebrate all things Iowa.
- Once an Iowan, always an Iowan. Iowans are immensely fond of their state. Even people who moved away years ago are quick to note that Iowa will always be home.
|Iowa at a glance|