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    September 10th, 2013

    Now as Iowans, I know almost all of us have our sights set on this weekend in anticipation of our two rivalry teams duking it out on the Jack Trice field. Beaver of BeaverdaleBut there’s another highly anticipated event coming to a local neighborhood near you that you just might want to factor into your big game weekend. This event involves one of the state’s largest parades, a carnival, live bands and oh did I mention fireworks? Trust me, you don’t want to miss the Beaverdale Fall Festival.

    The Beaverdale area is not only a prized location for it’s beautiful and legendary brick houses, but it is a beloved neighborhood because of its strong community and its emphasis on the family. So when the Beaverdale Neighborhood Association comes together, they create pretty amazing experiences and the Beaverdale Fall Festival is the greatest of their events. So what does the BFF have in store for you this weekend?

    Well, the BFF is getting kicked off on Friday evening with carnival rides and six different bands situatedFall Festival Carnival throughout the festival grounds. There will be sidewalk sales from local businesses, half-off gelato from Grounds for Celebration and dozens of vendors with interesting foods to sample. Friday night is then capped off with an amazing fireworks display behind Rice Field.

    On Saturday, the event the kids have been waiting for since last fall is finally here; the Beaverdale parade! There will be over a hundred different floats, school marching bands, and so much candy that somebody’s goody bag is bound to burst! This year, the parade is proud to have Ross Peterson from WHO’s Sound Off and Scott Casper announce the parade.

    After the parade, the festival festivities really begin! Holy Trinity is hosting their annual Bingo tournament, there will be more live music and plenty of different places to take the family for lunch. If you’re torn between going to the festival and Festival Parade Lineupwatching the big game, the BFF has you covered there too. The Iowa vs. Iowa State game will be showing on the big screen in the parking lot of Holy Trinity Church.

    I know the last few days have felt more like sweltering July rather than Autumn, but luckily the weekend is supposed to bring some lovely cool weather that will be perfect for a fall festival. So now there’s no excuse to miss out on having a blast at one of the greatest neighborhood events in the state!

    Click here for a complete list of events, locations, times and vendors.

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    Iowa State “Fare”

    August 28th, 2013

    The back-to-school signs are everywhere with moms and kids shopping for new clothes, binders, mechanical pencils and that oh so cool backpack. But before that first bell kicks off another year of academia, there’s one great finale to the summer that you can’t miss; the Iowa State Fair!

    Of course we all love the vendors, fantastic shows and great rides, but there’s another primary draw to the State Fair that keeps people coming back year after year. That pull comes from the massive array of tasty and unique fried, battered and baked concoctions of deliciousness that fill the streets and buildings of the fair grounds.

    This year fair-goers will have the chance to be treated to some exciting new corndogs, funnel cakes and other yummy treats on a stick. So lets check out some of the featured delicacies new to this year’s fair.

    Corn Dogs

    Oh that slightly sweet and salty blend of batter and meat covered in catsup and mustard has us all enthralled at the fair. This August, you get to sample a new twist on this treat.

    • Shrimp Corndog: The Po’ Boy stand is featuring a corndog stuffed with shrimp and topped with a sweet jalapeño sauce.

    • Sweet Corn Dog: Campbell’s Concession will be highlighting an Iowa staple with their sweet corn-battered hot dog on a stick.

    Funnel Cakes

    Every year concession stands offer new funnel cake flavors and this time around, Westmoreland and The Best Around Concessions have kicked it up a notch with their unique flavors.

    • Strawberry and Caramel Apple: Westmoreland is offering some fruity spins on the fair’s favorite cakes with their Strawberry and Caramel

      Apple funnel cakes.

    • Maple Bacon: The Best Around Concessions is combining sweet and salty flavors with their maple bacon funnel cake.

    Treats on a Stick

    There is an ongoing contest between fair concessions stands to see who can come up with the next best or crazy concoction on a stick. You’ve got to the new treat on a stick releases of Fair 2013!

    • Deep Fried Brownie: Fyfe Concessions is debuting their chocolate brownie batter-fried and covered in chocolate sauce with a dusting of powder sugar on top.

    • Soft Salted Chocolate-Dipped Almond Pretzel: A soft pretzel drenched in chocolate and sprinkled with slivered almonds and coarse salt. This delicacy is located at the Old Fashioned Root Beer & Pretzel stand.

    • Smoothie on a Stick: For those of you looking for a sweet and cool treat on a warm fair day, check out Turkey Time Concession’s frozen strawberry smoothies stuck on a stick.

    The fair runs from August 8-18th this year and is an experience that is friendly for the whole family, a date or for a group of friends. So grab a loved one or a friend, eat some amazing food and make some lasting memories at the fair that has been delighting generations since 1854.

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    East Village Sunday Bazaar

    August 28th, 2013

    One of the more unique parts of downtown is our very own East Village.  Not to be confused with NYC’s East Village, ours is aptly named as it is situated on the east side of the Des Moines River, at the bottom of the State Capital Building. From bridal stores to thrift shops, oriental food stores to spice shops, and antique shops to contemporary furniture shops. It features the most diverse range of shops and restaurants in Des Moines.

    East Village Sunday BazaarIf you’ve been living in Des Moines and you haven’t had a chance check it out, or if you’re just visiting, Sundays in the months of September and October are a perfect opportunity to check out this unique part of downtown. While some of the stores are only open Mon-Sat, it’s still a great opportunity as the East Village Sunday Bazaar returns this year. The bazaar features food vendors, vintage clothing and furniture, hand-made jewelry and good and much much more.  Many vendors are local, but last year vendors traveled from as far away as Nebraska, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. The other big thing that makes this event fun is the live music that varies week to week. So if your looking for something to do on a Sunday this Fall be sure to check it out!

    What: East Village Bazaar

    Where:  East 5th Street between Locust and Walnut

    When: Sundays in September and October (Bazaar will not occur on Sunday, September 22nd due to the World Food and Music Festival)


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