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MusicFest lineup set for World Pork Expo on Thursday

By Staff | Jun 2, 2014

THE FIRST DAY the World Pork Expo in 2013 drew thousands of people to the outdoor exhibits at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

DES MOINES – The spotlight will shine on MusicFest at World Pork Expo from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, along Grand Avenue on the Iowa State Fairgrounds, as the National Pork Producers Council presents world-class entertainment by Transit Authority and Little Texas.

While music fills the air, attendees can enjoy free roasted pork and refreshments, which are included in the price of admission to World Pork Expo.

“While the days at Expo are filled with seminars, shopping the trade-show floor, pig shows and much more, MusicFest allows producers and exhibitors to take time out to relax and enjoy some networking and plenty of mouth-watering barbecue,” said Doug Fricke, NPPC’s director of trade-show marketing. “Sharing an evening of friendship and good music is a welcome addition to the already-rich 25th-anniversary World Pork Expo experience.”

Three decades of music

Transit Authority, the premier tribute band to the iconic music group, Chicago, will kick off MusicFest at 4:30 p.m. This eight-piece ensemble features some of the Midwest’s most talented musicians, including the brass and strings that align with Chicago’s music.

Songs will include, “If You Leave Me Now,” “Saturday In The Park” and “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?”

Transit Authority takes the audience through three decades of music and countless hits guaranteed to bring back memories and create a feel-good atmosphere.

High-energy country

Also celebrating its 25th anniversary, Little Texas will bring its high-energy brand of rockin’ country to MusicFest at 6 p.m.

Known as the “hardest-working band in country music,” the group’s original four members have reunited to perform classics that made them the Academy of Country Music’s Vocal Group of the Year in 1994.

They will feature songs from their newest album plus hits, “God Blessed Texas,” “What Might Have Been,” “Kick a Little” and other favorites.

At World Pork Expo

“Whether you’re a pork producer, an employee or a visitor from another country, there is something for everyone at World Pork Expo,” said Randy Spronk, NPPC president and pork producer from Edgerton, Minn. “You can fill your days gathering information at seminars, visiting with fellow producers, or investigating new technologies and products.

“Then stop and enjoy a summer evening and some camaraderie at MusicFest.”

This year, World Pork Expo celebrates its 25th anniversary at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines.

More than 400 commercial exhibits will be on display from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday; and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday.

The breeding stock sales will continue on Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon, or when completed.

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