The Iowa State Fair is underway in Des Moines, with rubber chicken and cow chip throwing contests along with Star Trek-themed butter sculptures thrilling visitors. Jillian Kitchener reports.
Who says chickens can't fly? Visitors to the Iowa State Fair are proving that a RUBBER chicken will fly as far as you can throw it. It's just one event at the fair this week... another is the ever popular cow chip throwing contest. Democratic Vice Presidential Candidate Tim Kaine made an appearance to make the case for his boss Hillary Clinton. Part of Kaine's tour included the famed butter sculptures. And this year, sculptor Sarah Pratt, boldly went to where no man has gone before.... (SOUNDBITE) OVER BROLL, SARAH PRATT, SAYING: "It's a big project I've taken on this year with four people in the display..." Pennsylvania resident Larry Kaplan came with his ALS "ice bucket challenge", part of a nationwide tour. He's using products from each state he visits. In Iowa, it's corn. (SOUNDBITE) LARRY KAPLAN, SAYING: "Up until two years ago, when they had the Ice Bucket challenge, unless you had a friend with ALS, you probably didn't know what the disease was. So that awareness is key to raising funding. And that funding is going to lead to a cure." Plenty of fundraising is on hand at the fair, celebrating the state in a uniquely Iowan way.