Iowa April 16, 2017
10 Things People From Other States Say About Iowans That Are Actually True
Being an Iowan brings with it some unique challenges and pleasures. Here are ten things that people say about Iowans that are (we admit) actually true.
1. In July and August, Iowans get their side dish off of the side of the road.
Purchasing sweet corn from road-side stands is business-as-usual, here.
2. Iowans drive slow.
...on country roads because we're checking out the crops...knee high by the Fourth of July!
3. Iowans choose a "Pork Queen" every year.
Not only is this socially acceptable, it's a huge honor.
4. Iowans "hunt," but it's not what you think.
Hunting Mushrooms is an actual thing, here. Morels are big deal here in Iowa, and if you are new to the pastime, good luck finding a spot that isn't already claimed by a seasoned hunter.
5. Iowans know what "if you build it he will come" means.
Is this heaven? No. It's Iowa. The century-old Iowa farm where you can see the Field of Dreams for yourself is located at 28995 Lansing Road, Dyersville.
6. Iowans love bacon so much....
There's a much-loved festival dedicated to its greatness. This year, the 4th Annual BACoonN RIDE happens on Saturday, June 17, 2017. The 72-mile ride starts and ends in Waukee and features a bacon-themed lunch, bacon stops, and an incredible ride along the Raccoon River Valley Trail.
7. Iowans know how to have an Adventure.
In fact, Iowans that live near Des Moines might have a season pass to this fun Iowa-only amusement park. You'll find Adventureland off exit 142A of I-80, along U.S. Highway 65, near Altoona.
8. Iowans are the most patient drivers in the world during harvest season.
Traveling at 25 miles per hour behind a large piece of farm machinery in late summer is normal for Iowans. If you've lived here for long, you know that it's important to leave early during harvest time.
9. Iowans eat Puppy Chow
No, it's not dog food. It's the amazingly chocolaty snack that brings many of us right back to our teenage years in Mom's kitchen.
10. The somewhat typical Iowan sense of humor inspired an amazing tee-shirt shop called RAYGUN.
You'll find one of these fun, inspiring, and inside-joke-filled stores in Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, and Des Moines. Also, there is a Kansas City location. But RAYGUN is an Iowa-based company. You can argue about that in the comments.
Are you a life-long Iowan? We’d love to hear about some of the things you hear people say about Iowans that are actually true. Let us know in the comments.