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Simon Estes of Iowa was the first black man to perform in opera houses all over the world. <br />(DMACC)

DES MOINES, Iowa – With racial tensions high in parts of the country, an African-American Iowan who triumphed through adversity is receiving special recognition. Simon Estes, a world-renowned opera singer, grew up in Centerville. Over the weekend, he was honored at the grand opening of the S

County fairs in Iowa attract 3.5 million visitors, who support young people in agriculture along with enjoying the rides, food and fun. (Cheryl Peters/Morguefile)

CRESCO, Iowa - More than half of the county fairs in Iowa take place during late July, 19 are underway this weekend alone. County fairs have been part of Iowa summers for generations, with 3.5 million attendees across the state supporting young people's involvement in agriculture along with enjoying

This base supplied by Lundell Plastics will hold what the people of Sac City, Iowa, hope will become the World's Largest Popcorn Ball. (LundellPlastics.com)

SAC CITY, Iowa - Popcorn was once commonly grown by Iowa farmers, and that heritage is part of what's being celebrated this weekend in Sac City, where the World's Largest Popcorn Ball will be made on Saturday. Rhonda Lines is chief financial officer for Noble Popcorn, which is supplying the raw mat

The Bluegrass Martins are one of several acts on the bill this weekend at the Bluegrass Music Association's festival in Franklin County. (BluegrassMartins.com)

HAMPTON, Iowa - The 2nd Annual Bluegrass Music Association of Iowa Festival takes place this weekend, providing family-friendly entertainment and instruments for young people. Three days of live bluegrass music brings together and inspires people of all ages and backgrounds at the Franklin County Fa

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DES MOINES, Iowa - Families have plenty of things to do and see across the state of Iowa as summer arrives without breaking the bank. Tourism is an $8 billion industry, said Jessica O'Riley, tourism communications manager at Travel Iowa, and this year's numbers are expected to surpass last year's b

PHOTO: Miss Iowa, Nicole Kelly, is pushing a platform of

DES MOINES, Iowa – When the Miss America pageant is held later this year, it will feature the first contestant born without a left arm. The newly crowned Miss Iowa, Nicole Kelly of Keokuk, is a 23-year-old college student who plans to use her platform to focus on overcoming disabilities.

GREENFIELD, Iowa - Sustainable development through smart planning will be showcased Saturday in Greenfield during the annual meeting of the organization 1000 Friends of Iowa. Part of the day will be spent touring Greenfield's town square, which has been a Main Street community since 1995, and showc

DES MOINES, Iowa - Downtown Des Moines has caught the attention of a national organization focused on preserving historic structures and revitalizing downtown cores across the country: The National Main Streets Conference is holding its 25th annual event in Des Moines. Thom Guzman, director of the

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