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Silos & Smokestacks' Partner Sites Compete for People's Choice "Site of the Year"

Northeast Iowa - Each year, Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) celebrates the best in heritage development by presenting Golden Silo Awards to individuals and organizations whose contributions demonstrate outstanding excellence in preserving and telling America's agricultural story. The People's Choice "Site of the Year" is a special award presented to one deserving SSNHA Partner Site, where the public decides the winner from a group of nominees.

From March 17 through April 1, voting will be open online at, with detailed schedule listed below:

* March 17-23
First-Round (11 Nominees)
* March 25-April 1
Second-Round (3 finalists)
* April 2
Winner announced during Golden Silo Awards

This year's People's Choice "Site of the Year" nominees include:

* Calkins Nature Area, Iowa Falls
* Gilbertson Conservation Education Area, Elgin
* Heartland Acres Agribition Center, Independence
* Hurstville Interpretive Center, Maquoketa
* Iowa's Dairy Center, Calmar
* Jasper County Historical Museum, Newton
* Living History Farms, Urbandale
* Montauk Historic Site, Clermont
* Strawberry Hill Farm & Garden, Strawberry Point
* Vesterheim Norwegian - American Museum, Decorah
* Winneshiek County Historical Society-Locust School Museum, Decorah

Show your support for your favorite nominee and join us for the annual Golden Silo Awards Luncheon on April 2 from 12:00-1:30 p.m. at the Black's Building Sky Room, Waterloo, Iowa. Laurie Johns of the Iowa Farm Bureau will present the keynote "Telling Today's Story of Iowa Agriculture," sharing what she has learned from 25 years as an Emmy-winning TV and radio news anchor and reporter. The luncheon will also feature an Iowa pork inspired meal. Tickets for this event are $25 per person, with reservations due by March 26. For more information or to register, visit or call 319-234-4567. Thank you to the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation and Iowa Pork Producers Association for their support of this year's awards luncheon.

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Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area is one of 49 federally designated heritage areas in the nation and is an Affiliated Area of the National Park Service. The Heritage Area covers 37 counties in the northeast quadrant of Iowa. Interstate 80 borders it on the south and Interstate 35 borders it on the west. Through a network of sites, programs and events, SSNHA interprets farm life, agribusiness and rural communities - past and present.

Aaron Steinmann
Marketing & Communications Manager
Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area
Office: 319.234.4567; Cell: 563.593.4521

Candy Welch Streed
Program & Partnership Director
Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area
Office: 319.234.4567; Cell: 319.404.0115




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