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University of Iowa News Release

Aug. 20, 2004

UI Fair Finale To Feature Fuel Cells, Football And Freebies

The Iowa State Fair may be winding down, but the University of Iowa will continue offering exciting activities, presentations and giveaways until the cows -- and chickens and pigs and horses -- go home.

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, the UI College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Department of Chemistry will give booth visitors a figurative look under the hood of cars of the future with a presentation titled "Iowa is Driving Fuel Cells!" Fuel cell technology will demonstrate using a small, radio-controlled, fuel cell-powered car on a race track.

From 3 to 8 p.m., the UI's men and women in blue will present "To Serve and Protect," where visitors can don the UI Department of Public Safety's "fatal vision" goggles, which simulate intoxication, and undergo field sobriety tests.

In the UI Hospitals and Clinics area of the booth, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Center for Disabilities and Development will distribute information about its services. And the UI Athletics Hall of Fame area will spotlight former Hawkeye football players Joe Mott from 10 a.m. to noon and Ed Podolak from noon to 2 p.m.

Mott was first team all-Big Ten pick as a senior at Iowa and led the Big Ten in sacks (10) and was second in tackles for loss (21) in 1988. He was the defensive MVP in four games as a senior and was a four-year letterman.

A former Hawkeye football star, Podolak received First Team All-Big Ten status in 1968 as a tailback, when he was selected for First Team All-Big Ten honors and Hawkeye Team MVP. He went on to enjoy a stellar NFL career with the Kansas City Chiefs (1969-1977). He won a Super Bowl ring with the Chiefs in 1970. Today, Podolak analyzes Iowa football on the radio.

Also visiting the booth Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., will be Herky and members of the UI cheerleaders and dance team.

Prizes up for grabs through the daily drawing Saturday include Iowa wrestling season tickets, a Touchdown Iowa Highlight Video, 2003 Commemorative Season Tickets, a Hawkeye sweatshirt, a $50 Iowa Hawk Shop gift certificate, a Hawkeye baseball cap, an Alumni T-shirt, a Squeeze Herky, an Alumni Association Football Calendar, and an Alumni Association pen/pencil set and calculator.

On Sunday, the last day of the fair, the UI will still be going strong with oral cancer screenings from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., courtesy of the UI Department of Dentistry, and a presentation -- "We Deliver ... Information" - from 3 to 8 p.m. by the UI Libraries. Library staff members will show fairgoers how to find information on a wide range of topics, from healthcare and the political process to the history of Iowa and genealogical research using the UI Libraries web resources.

Also, in the UI Hospital and Clinics area of the booth, visitors can pick up information about organ donation and the Iowa Donor Network throughout the day Sunday.

And there will be two drawings Sunday, the first for the last set of daily prizes and a drawing from among all entries submitted over the week for a grand prize pair of Iowa/Iowa State University football tickets.

The daily drawings will be for tickets to Hubbard Street Dance Chicago at Hancher Auditorium, Iowa vs. Northern Iowa basketball tickets, a Touchdown Iowa Highlight Video, a $50 Iowa Hawk Shop gift certificate, an Alumni T-shirt, a Hawkeye baseball cap; an Alumni Association football calendar and an Alumni Association pen/pencil set and calculator.

The grand prize drawing will take place at 8:45 p.m. Sunday.

Throughout the fair, which runs Aug. 12-22, the UI is offering a wide variety of exciting exhibits, presentations, visits by special guests (including Herky and the UI cheerleading and dance teams), free posters and temporary tattoos and daily drawings for free Iowa tickets, merchandise and more. This year's booth theme, as last year, is "Iowa: Your University."

The Iowa booth is located in the southwest corner of the Varied Industries Building.

For the full UI fair schedule, visit

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Media: Stephen Pradarelli, 319-384-0007,