Chuck Ford, the booming voice behind the Big Ass Turkey Legs stand said Tuesday he won’t be coming back to Melrose Avenue for another season. Ford had hawked the king size drumsticks for 17 seasons.
“Through a lot of tears…I decided to bail,” Ford said.
Ford said there were numerous factors in his decision to hang up the headset he used to attract gameday revelers to the turkey leg stand year after year. At 69, Ford said working gamedays was beginning to take its toll. He had to prepare on Friday, work all day Saturday and recover for Sunday. On Monday, he was back to work selling cars at West Branch Ford.
“It’s not just a one-day affair,” he said.
Ford said he also owed it to his wife.
“It’s come time,” he said. “It’s just time to go.”
Ford said one thing that was not a factor was the city taking steps this year to regulate the gameday vendors and require permits. Ford said he was in support of the regulation.
The Big Ass Turkey Leg stand will go on, however. Ford said Craig Ireland, the meat market manager at Iowa City’s First Avenue Hy-Vee, will keep serving up the meaty treats. A passing of the torch of sorts will take place Saturday before the Hawkeye’s home opener.
“I’m going to come over, make sure things are set up and I’m taking off,” Ford said.
Ford said the biggest change for fans will be him not being there and he understands that might upset some fans. However, Ford said he had faith in Ireland. Ford said Big Ass Turkey Legs will also be for sale during home and away games at the Iowa City Moose Lodge. Ireland was off Tuesday and his home phone number is not listed.
“All good things must come to an end,” Ford said. “The institution goes on.”
Wright County has the highest percentage of grade-A topsoil in the nation.
Quaker Oats, in Cedar Rapids, is the largest cereal company in the world.
Strawberry Point is the home of the world's largest strawberry.
Elk Horn in the largest Danish settlement in the United States.
ChinaDaily: Nationwide Crackdown On Toxic Chemical Fed To Pigs
BEIJING - Nearly 1,000 people have been arrested in a nationwide crackdown on the manufacture and sales of a banned and hazardous food additive in the past six months.
Police seized 2.5 tons of clenbuterol, a toxic chemical that is illegally used in animal feed to make pigs leaner, and six underground laboratories were shut down during... the crackdown, which broke criminal rings in many cities, including Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province, and Wuhan, capital of Hubei province.
In all, at least 989 people have been detained for being involved in manufacturing, storing and selling the additive, including those in a criminal ring that was involved in the manufacture and sales of the chemical in 63 cities, according to a notice on the website of the Ministry of Public Security on Monday.
R U Frigin Kiddin Me?
ArugsLeader: Corn for ethanol to top its use for feed this year
In its July report estimating agricultural supplies and demand, the U.S. Department of Agriculture suggests for the first time ever this year corn used for ethanol production in the U.S. will exceed corn for feed, 5.05 billion bushels to 5 billion bushels.
This doesn't indicate a battle between fuel and food as much as it shows a more sophisticated means of processing corn and adding value has developed with the growth of the renewable fuels industry, say representatives of the South Dakota Corn Growers Association and American Coalition for Ethanol.
Chad Hart, an Iowa State University economist, says corn prices are soaring because the demand from the ethanol and livestock industries, plus demand for U.S. corn exports, are larger than yield projections.
“Last summer we had corn prices in some cases down around $3.50 a bushel,” Hart says. “Now we’re up in the $6 to $7 range, so we’ve seen nearly a doubling of prices, if you will, over the past 15 months.”
The U.S.D.A. predicts corn prices will remain high over the next year, as flooding and drought hit other parts of the corn belt. Iowa, however, is pegged to produce a record amount of corn – 2.43 billion bushels — and the value of that crop will be high as purchasers compete for the limited supply.
“China’s been a very early buyer of the corn crop we’re growing now,” Hart says. “…That’s something that’s got the market a little worked up right now.”
The grocery bills for consumers are hit by the higher corn prices, as products like meat, milk and eggs get more expensive as farmers spend more to buy the corn they feed their animals.
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Todd & Alisa Neil,Craig Conrad,Sojka Farms LLC, Mike & Nick Hunter Brothers
Ron & Robert Kenneally,Galan & Jason Wallman,John Crall,Dax Lautner
Jeff Maas,See & Believe Foundation Sale/Ralph Danner,Dwight Will
Jerry Ferguson Memorial,Killmer Land & Cattle Co., Joe, James & Nick Sullivan
Bluebird Ranch/Randy Fawcett,Prime Cut Ranch/Lowell Jones,Trausch Farms
Sedlacek Brothers,Goddard Cattle Co., Nick Reimann, Noonan Show Cattle
Matthew Lautner,Troy Hullinger,Kevin Saathoff,Mike Brines, Randy Bair
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Yikes: New Cy-Hawk Trophy Revealed .... as seen on www.hawkeyenation.comYikes was the nicest word I could put in the headline.
I wanted to write a few other words like ‘Joke’ or ‘what the hell were they thinking’ and things like that. But it wouldn’t fit in there, so we went with yikes.
Here is a link to a photo of the new trophy, revealed Friday at the Iowa State fair.
Pause to let it sink in.
Here is a quote from the press release from Iowa Corn: “This is literally a work of art representing the people and characteristics that are uniquely Iowan.” said Craig Floss, CEO for Iowa Corn. “Just as the trophy reads, we are honest, hard working, family and community orientated people. Iowa’s corn farmers are proud to bring this work of art to the new Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series football game and we look forward to sharing it with the people of Iowa.”
First, let me lay down a few caveats…Iowa agriculture put food on our family’s table from the moment of my birth until I was a senior in high school. My father has worked in the Growmark/FS organization since 1979, and Oscar Meyer before that. He is the son of a farmer. So I am very appreciative of every sector of the Iowa agriculture scene, and have met some of the folks over at Iowa Corn and they are great people.
That being meant and said, this trophy looks like it should go to the winner of a Lutheran Pie Bakeoff winner in Decorah, not for the winner of the Iowa-Iowa State football game.
Arthur Fonzarelli called and said the CyHawk Series has jumped the shark.
Craig’s comment above about the trophy being a work of art is accurate. My criticisms are not of the artistic nature…it’s a fine sculpture…it’s a fine piece of art.
BUT FOOTBALL TEAMS DONT PLAY FOR ARTWORK!
What in the wide, wide world of sports has happened to us? Heck, let’s not even keep score any more and call each game a tie, that way everyone can feel good about themselves.
Come on…do we get a do over? Can we hit the reset button?
The Land Grant Trophy called and all it could do was laugh.
Iowa and Wisconsin play for a bull, and I guess you could call it artwork. There was certainly craft that went into it’s creation…but it seemed to fit…it’s worth showcasing in a football trophy case. It goes well with Floyd.
This? Bring back the old CyHawk. Yeah, I said it, and I couldn’t stand that trophy, as it looked like something you’d buy off the rack at Scheel’s, if they sold generic trophies.
I am sure that someone is going to send me an email or place a phone call to me about this, but it’s just my gut reaction…sometimes gut reactions are best left on the cutting room floor, but not for this..not when they decided to scrap tradition, even if that tradition didn’t look good, and they had a chance to do something else.
A grain bin, a tractor, a corn belt, a pig sticker…anything…except a real piece of art.
Oh, you think it’s just me? Here are some comments sent to my twitter account from Iowa and Iowa State fans after they got their first glimpse:
OK I grew up on a farm & work in ag. That trophy is DUMB! Do something w/ a fball that looks like a corn cob if u want ag.-Jason McKibben
They should give that piece of **** to the loser of the game, so they have to live a year of embarrassment with it on display-Jesse Robertson
looks like a lawn ornament to me.. I can’t picture a 300lb lineman running across to hoist it after another Hawk victory! -Greg Moss
is that an Isabel Bloom? My mom loves those things…-Nathan Deklotz
How would you like to haul that hunk of metal into Pawnstars and find out u spent more in gas than it’s worth.-Andrew Fettkether
Maybe the LOSING team should take the trophy? Or would that be too humiliating? – Todd Roush
that is a terrible trophy! Looks like it should be with the rest of the Precious Moments in the china cabinet.-Britt Nielsen
Seriously…puked in my mouth a little. I expect the winning team running over to grab it and stopping and staring at it – anonymous
You can’t run across the field to get it, you have to skip while holding hands – Jim Blakley
Mitch King would have ran across the field, grabbed it, and thrown it on the ground to stomp it! -Andy Scott
the best part will be when the winning team just walks off the field without running over to grab that abomination.-Josh Erickson
That looks like something you win for winning some reality show on Bravo!-Andy Scott
I could post about 50 more as of 15 minutes after the photo was released, but I will stop now, after posting this link to Cyclone fan reactions on CycloneFanatic.com
To close, I will simply say: I love the state of Iowa, I love what Iowa Corn does for farmers and I am thankful of the work farmers do for us.
But this aint intramurals brother, it’s college football.
INDIANAPOLIS — Authorities said they have confirmed at least three deaths after a stage collapsed Saturday night during a storm at the Indiana State Fair, where the country group Sugarland was set to perform.
About two dozen people were reported injured in the incident at the fairgrounds in Indianapolis. Strong winds caused the stage rigging for the outdoor concert to collapse, trapping and injuring concert-goers shortly before 9 p.m.
No one was performing at the time. The opening act had finished, and the crowd was waiting for Sugarland to take the stage.
Indiana State Police did not immediately return phone messages to The Associated Press to comment on the deaths. But the Indianapolis Star and WTHR reported that three people died, based on information released by authorities. Details on the conditions of those injured were not immediately known.
Emergency crews were called to the scene, and workers were setting up a command center to tend to those who were injured.
The collapse came as thousands of concert-goers were being evacuated from the fairground grandstand to a nearby coliseum when a wind gust brought down the stage rigging. The rigging fell onto an area where some fans were seated.
"It was like it was in slow motion," concert-goer Amy Weathers told the Star. "You couldn't believe it was actually happening."
Those who were injured were being moved to a tunnel below the stage, the newspaper reported.
Associated Press photographer Darron Cummings was in the audience attending the concert as a fan shortly before the collapse. He said an announcer gave the crowd instructions on how to evacuate if the weather worsened, but said they hoped to get Sugarland on stage soon.
Cummings said he and his friends went ahead and sought shelter in a nearby barn after seeing the weather radar.
"Then we heard screams. We heard people just come running," Cummings told the AP.
Witnesses told WTHR that some of the injured were in a VIP section in front of the stage known as the "Sugar Pit." The witnesses said a wall of dirt, dust, rain and wind came up the main thoroughfare of the fairgrounds just before the collapse.
"Panic kicked in when they seen the dust bowl coming in from the Midway," concert-goer Darryl Cox told WTHR.
Another person at the concert, Emily Davis, told WTHR that there was lightning and the sky had gotten dark but it wasn't raining when the wind suddenly toppled the rigging.
"It was horrible, people were running and going crazy," she said.
22726 Co. Road E34
Anamosa, IA 52205
Dear Fellow Club Calf Producer,
Well. Another State Fair will be upon us soon. I am writing this letter to save some time and effort at and after the fair. Again this year, we will try to band our money efforts together for the State Fair Auction. I hope you will support us again this year with a donation to the IOWA STATE FAIR SALE OF CHAMPIONS.
We have been able to support the Grand Champion Steer, the Reserve Champion Steer and the two Heifer champions. The last four years, we have been able to take meat from one of these cattle and have had it processed at ISU Meat Lab. The meat is then used for our winter drawing. The money we raise from this is used for the Breed Champions and Reserves. We donate $250 to each breed Champion and $125 to each Reserve Champion as long as 5 head are exhibited. We have challenged each Purebred Breed to match our funds, with several now doing this. In time we hope to get all to work with us. This past year, we purchased enough hamburger patties for the noon feed. With the help of Kent Feeds and IJBBA, we were able to have a free noon lunch for the exhibitors and parents. We think this is a great gesture for the 4-H kids and parents in Iowa. The committee and several Breed associations would like us to do the same for the purebred breed heifers. We presently haven't been able to raise enough funds to help the heifer side.
I am enclosing an invoice for the same amount of money that you donated last year. If you would please return your donation in the self addressed envelope ASAP, we would appreciate it. If you could please, reply by August 8th. IF YOU NEED TO POST DATE THE CHECK TILL SEPTEMBER 10th, it would be OK, as we will need to have the funds in by then so they can pay the kids. Please get your check to us by September 10th. THIS YEAR IF WE DON'T HAVE THE MONEY OR A POSTDATED CHECK IT WILL BE USED IN NEXT YEARS PROGRAM. I WANT TO HAVE THE FUNDS IN HAND WHEN THEY CALL FOR MONEY TO PAY THE KIDS.
Again this year, the IFAA will award a $1000 scholarship on behalf of the Midwest Club Calf Producers. This comes from the deduction of exhibitors' sale expenses. The IFAA awards some $160,000 in scholarships to 4-H and FFA exhibitors prior to the sale each year. If you have a student going to college, I would urge you to apply for these scholarships.
If you could increase your donation to the sale, it would be greatly appreciated, and many will benefit.
Remember to please conact me at 319-480-0638 (cell) or 319-462-3666 (home) or Chuck Sojka at 319-648-2443 (home) or 319-221-4302 (cell) or Alan Kohlaus at 515-379-2358 (home) or 515-341-2435 (cell). Thank you in advance for all of your support and contributions.