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Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2023
Good Tuesday Morning to You!

With the Iowa State Fair right around the corner, it’s time to focus our thoughts and energy on one thing — the butter cow. Yes, the butter cow. Six hundred pounds of low-moisture, pure-cream butter. This iconic sculpture was first created in 1911 and has been a mainstay at the Iowa State Fair almost every year since. If you are an Iowan, you probably know more about the butter cow than you want to admit. If you are not from Iowa, you probably wonder what in the world a butter cow is. Either way, you may appreciate these “little known facts.” The answers are posted at the end of the survey, and you can direct this trivia test to others at www.dmcityview.com.

1. How long can the butter from the butter cow be reused?
a. Up to a year
b. Up to five years
c. Up to 10 years
d. Up to 12 years

2. Is the butter cow made of solid butter?
a. Yes
b. No

3. How many toast slices could be buttered with butter used to sculpt the butter cow?
a. 4,200
b. 8,500
c. 14,500
d. 19,200

4. A sculpture was made of Gov. Branstad out of something other than butter. What was it?
a. Solid gold
b. Colby cheese
c. Mustache hair
d. Wood

5. Who was the first Iowa State Fair butter sculptor?
a. Norma Duffy
b. Leonardo da Vinci
c. John K. Daniels
d. Sarah Pratt

6. Butter sculpting was suspended at the Iowa State Fair — and nationally — when?
a. During World War I
b. During World War II
c. During the extreme heat of 1973
d. During the COVID-19 pandemic

7. Older butter is better for sculpting, true or false?
a. True
b. False

8. Once refrigerated, how long does butter take to set?
a. 20 seconds
b. 20 minutes
c. 20 hours
d. 20 days

9. How long can a properly refrigerated butter sculpture hold?
a. Up to six weeks
b. Up to eight weeks
c. Up to 10 weeks
d. Up to 12 weeks

10. Which of the following have been sculpted in butter at the Iowa State Fair?
a. Superman
b. Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson
c. “The Last Supper”
d. Tiger Woods
e. All of the above

Answers: 1 = c; 2 = b; 3 = d; 4 = b; 5 = c; 6 = b; 7 = a; 8 = b; 9 = a; 10 = e

Have a terrific Tuesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305

CITYVIEW's  Best Of Des Moines

CITYVIEW announced its 2023 Best Of Des Moines readers' choices Jan. 31. You can find all the results from the poll in the February issue of CITYVIEW magazine!

Best South Bar

1. Francie’s Bar & Grill

2. Mannings

3. The Angry Goldfish Pub & Eatery


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Your Clear Mortgage forecast

Slight rain chances will be with us today, with much better chances Wednesday. Highs around what is average for this time of year continue into the weekend, with Thursday being the hottest day. We may see rain again on Saturday.

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Carrie at carrie.mortgage.

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The National Balloon Classic in Indianola is underway and continues through Aug. 5. For information about the festivities, click here!

Only 17 African leaders showed up last week at Vlad Putin's Russia-Africa Summit. 43 showed up last time. All expressed displeasure at his canceling the Black Sea Accord, which canceled grain exports to Africa. Meanwhile grain prices rose quickly, across the board, worldwide. And 200,000 Russian draft dodgers have driven rents double in Batumi, just one of many places in Georgia where unhappy Russians are fleeing to.

Thanks to Clark Williams, Kitchen Insider learned a lot about clams. They are amazingly diverse. https://www.foodandwine.com/cooking-techniques/clam-varieties-buy-stores

Tuesday is bargain day in Des Moines with fabulous taco deals at top taquerias like La Familia (1610 Sixth Ave.), Malo (900 Mulberry St.) and Baja Cocina (1936 E. Sixth St.). That latter Mexican magic is next door to Grateful Chef where the best summer soups (aka cold) are available now. Her cucumber soup is addictive.

— Jim Duncan


FROM KCCI: Nearly 400 titles on reported banned book list at Urbandale schools

URBANDALE, Iowa — Iowans are getting an idea of what kinds of books are being banned in classrooms and libraries. Annie's Foundation is a group that wants to ensure communities have access to all books. It recently published a list of books in the Urbandale Community School District that are believed to violate Iowa's new education bill. ... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Iowa is tops in new study of best states to retire

(NEXSTAR) – When it comes to retirement, where you live can greatly affect just how golden your post-career years actually are...Iowa is the best state in which to retire, the study found, thanks to its affordability (3), quality/cost of health care (11) and crime (12). ... READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Iowa State Patrol wants you to vote for them in the 2023 'Best Looking Cruiser Contest'

Last year, the Kentucky State Police cruiser took home the coveted prize. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5


Meet Jade Fox
Music provides students opportunity to shine.

By T.K. West

Jade Fox has been involved with music in some sort of capacity her entire life. At a young age, she began singing in a children’s church choir directed by her grandmother and has been involved in music since. While at Nodaway Valley High School, Fox was involved in a variety of musical activities such as show choir, choir, band, musicals and more.

She studied music education at Simpson College and received a master’s degree in music education from the University of Northern Iowa. Today, Fox teaches K-5 General Music at Webster Elementary School.

She will be starting her 15th year with the Urbandale Community School District this fall.

“What I love best about teaching elementary music is that I get to guide my students on a journey to find a love and joy of music within themselves,” Fox says.

Read more in the July issue of Urbandale Living magazine.

Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday These celebrities were born on this date: Jason Momoa, Coolio, Adam Duritz, Joe Elliott, Elijah Kelley, John Carroll Lynch, Jennifer Gareis, Suzi Gardner, Geoffrey Holder

SUBMIT: Send your birthday greetings and congratulatory notes to: tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Morning Chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:
Should you eat corn that has fallen off the stalk? MAIZE WELL! (MAY AS WELL!)

Today's Riddle

Did you hear about the farm dog who liked to strip ears of corn?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

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