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Touch of Cherokee at the State Fair

Monday, August 23, 2010

Taylor VandeLune's tile design is one of 102 that decorate the exterior of the newest building on the Iowa State Fairgrounds, the Richard O. Jacobson Exhibition Center. VandeLune's design was chosen by the Cherokee Fair Board to represent Cherokee County. Photo contributed
DES MOINES - Visitors to the Iowa State Fair can see the newsiest addition to the fair grounds.

The Richard O. Jacobson Exhibition Center was put to use for the first time during the 2010 Iowa State Fair. In the Spring of 2009, the Iowa State Fair Board put out a request from each of the counties in Iowa to create a quilt block tile to represent each county.

The quilt blocks were then constructed and added to the exterior of the building. The Cherokee Fair Board asked Cherokee Middle School Art teacher, Linda Ducommun to assist with creating the quilt blocks. Ducommun and her students provided the fair board with many tiles to choose from.

Taylor VandeLune and Kayla Riedemann display the winning tiles chosen by the Cherokee Fair Board to be sent to the Iowa State Fair's Quilt Tile Project. Photo contributed
The tiles designed by middle school students, Taylor VandeLune and Kayla Riedeman were chosen to represent Cherokee County, as each county was asked to submit the winning (VandeLune) and alternate (Riedemann) tiles. "The students loved creating the tiles because there was so much freedom involved in their designs," states Ducommun.

The instructions from the state fair included the dimensions of the tile and the specific colors allowed on the tiles. "Many students asked if they could put their tile designs in the Art Show, and now the Arts Council is looking into using Kayla's design in October," states Ducommun.

The winning designs from each of Iowa's 99 counties have been constructed in tile on the exterior of the new Richard O Jacobson Exhibition Center. The quilt block project incorporates Iowa's heritage and tradition of barn quilts into the Fairground's newest facility.

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