Posted July 10, 2014
The fourth annual “Fields of Champions” that celebrates food, farming and fitness will be a highlight of the Summer Iowa Games Athlete Jamboree & Opening Ceremonies on Saturday, July 18, beginning at 5 p.m. in Ames.
The event, powered by the Iowa Food & Family Project, will feature interactive activities for people of all ages, the chance to win an iPad mini and Casey’s pizza for a year and an opportunity to meet Ames native and Golden State Warriors basketball star Harrison Barnes.
In addition to inflatable games, face painting, balloon artists and more kid-friendly activities, the Fields of Champions celebration will feature the Ag Magic Show hosted by Rhonda Renee.
Through magic, storytelling, juggling and music, Renee offers children and their parents a glimpse into the important role agriculture plays in their daily lives. Spectators young and old will learn that nearly everything they touch, consume and wear has a direct connection to agriculture and a farmer.
Iowa farmers will be on hand throughout the Fields of Champions celebration to chat about what they do and answer questions about food and farming. Children can obtain a Zone Score Card that will send them through a series of interactive stations to learn about food and farming. Participants will then take the card to The End Zone to register for prizes, including four tickets to the Golden State Warriors vs. Denver Nuggets NBA exhibition game on October 16 and Casey’s pizza for a year.
Barnes will be on hand to sign autographs that evening. Additionally, Champions Forever will perform its Spin-tacular basketball show, as seen on the finals of America’s Got Talent.
Iowa Food & Family Project partners helping power the Fields of Champions celebration include the Iowa Beef Industry Council, Iowa Egg Council, Iowa Pork Producers Association, Iowa Select Farms, Iowa Soybean Association, Midwest Dairy Association, the Soyfoods Council, Iowa Corn Growers, Iowa Turkey Federation, Feed Energy, United Soybean Board and Iowa Food Bank Association.
The Iowa Food & Family Project (www.iowafoodandfamily.com) celebrates the continuous improvement of Iowa’s farm families and their dedication to providing wholesome food for everyone. It invites Iowans to become better acquainted with the dedicated farmers who grow their food and more confident in today’s agriculture. The Iowa Food & Family Project is funded in part by the soybean, pork, beef, egg, corn, turkey and dairy checkoffs.