ERIC Number: ED370864
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Iowa State Fair.
Ohrn, Deborah Gore, Ed.
Goldfinch, v15 n3 Spr 1994
This issue of the "Goldfinch" focuses on the Iowa state fair. The magazine begins with a map of the fair as it looks today. The article explains that the first Iowa state fair was held in 1854. After traveling from town to town for several years, the fair settled in the capital city of Des Moines in 1878. Eight years later, in 1886, the first fair was held on the fairgrounds that are now its permanent home. An article on 4-H clubs and programs describes 4-H projects that have won awards at the fair. A section on state fair news discusses fair food, the first Iowa state fair female equestrians, butter sculptress, and other fair entertainments. Another article details the history of the state fair, and explains how the fair has changed since it first began. Learning activities include instructions for making a butter sculpture, an exercise in which students identify buildings at the fairgrounds by matching the name of each building with its drawing using the clues provided, a fill in the blanks activity on a fair theme, a funnel cake maze, and a cartoon. Other articles describe the history of the Youth Inn at the fairgrounds and how camping at the fair has changed. An excerpt from a the book "State Fair' by an Iowa author is included. Information on a state fair writing contest for fifth graders is detailed as well as instructions for doing an oral history. (DK)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Females, Grade 5, Learning Activities, Leisure Time, Oral History, Recreation, Rural Farm Residents, State History, Tourism, Young Farmer Education
The Goldfinch, State Historical Society of Iowa, 402 Iowa Avenue, Iowa City, IA 52240-1806 (subscription: $10 for 4 issues).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Iowa State Historical Dept., Iowa City.
Identifiers: Iowa; State Fairs; 4 H Clubs; 4 H Programs
Note: For related items, see ED 349 215, ED 348 273, ED 346 014, and ED 344 809.