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5 Fun Facts About August 25 In Iowa History

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1. In 1900, legendary Iowa baseball player Bob Feller was born in Van Meter. Feller went on to become one of the greatest pitchers of all time, winning 266 games and registering 2,581 strikeouts in his 18-year career with the Cleveland Indians.

2. On August 25, 1934, Iowa's first state park, Backbone State Park, was dedicated. Located near Dundee, the park is named after the ridge of bedrock that runs through it and is known for its hiking trails, camping facilities, and trout fishing.

3. In 1965, Iowa State University's pioneering computer center was dedicated. The center was one of the first in the country to offer students access to mainframe computers and helped establish Iowa State as a leader in computer science and engineering.

4. The town of Pella, Iowa, celebrates its annual Tulip Time festival in May, but on August 25, 1984, the town set a world record by planting one million tulip bulbs in a single day. The effort was part of a celebration of Pella's Dutch heritage and helped cement the town's reputation as one of Iowa's most picturesque destinations.

5. On August 25, 2008, the Iowa Hawkeyes football team unveiled a new tradition: the "FryFest" pep rally. The event, which honors legendary coach Hayden Fry, features a parade, music, food, and appearances by current and former Hawkeye players and coaches, and is now a beloved annual tradition in Iowa City.
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