Department of Cultural Affairs and Healthiest State Initiative invite Iowans on a historical walking tour of Iowa State Fairgrounds on Thursday
DES MOINES - A healthy serving of history will be on the menu to kick off the Iowa State Fair when the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and the Healthiest State Initiative team up to offer a walking tour of historic sites at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.
Iowans are invited to join leaders of the Healthiest State Initiative, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and other state officials at 8:15 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, for a historical walking tour through the Iowa State Fairgrounds. The tour is free and open to the public (with regular fair admission) and will be led by experts from the State Historical Society of Iowa, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.
"The walking tour is a great way for Iowans to be physically active while learning about Iowa history," Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Mary Cownie said. "It's a terrific opportunity to improve both mental and physical wellbeing for a happier, healthier life and to promote a more culturally vibrant Iowa. I encourage all Iowans to join this year's tour."
Participants for Thursday's tour are encouraged to gather inside the Iowa State Fairgrounds at the Administrative Building on the Grand Concourse for a brief welcome at 8:15 a.m., followed by the tour that will finish at the Oman Family Youth Inn in time for the fair's opening ceremony.
This year's fair runs Aug. 11-21, when hundreds of thousands of Iowans will walk countless miles around the fairgrounds. But that's just the next step.
"We are happy to invite all participants to join in the annual Healthiest State Walk, 'Step It Up Iowa,' on October 5," said Jami Haberl, Executive Director of the Healthiest State Initiative.