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5 Fun Facts About July 11 In Iowa History

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1. Beginning of the 2008 floods: July 11, 2008, marked the beginning of the historic floods that devastated large parts of Iowa. The floods affected over 85 of Iowa's 99 counties and caused billions of dollars in damages.

2. Record high temperatures: On July 11, 1936, Iowa experienced what remains the hottest day in state history, with temperatures soaring to 118 degrees Fahrenheit in Keokuk.

3. Freedom Festival: The Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival, one of Iowa’s largest community events, traditionally begins on the third weekend in June and culminates on July 4th. The festival features live music, parades, fireworks, and other family-friendly activities.

4. Birth of Herbert Hoover: On July 11, 1874, future US President Herbert Hoover was born in West Branch, Iowa. Hoover served as the 31st President of the United States from 1929 to 1933.

5. Iowa State Fair: The Iowa State Fair, one of the largest and most popular state fairs in the country, typically begins in mid-August. The fair features a multitude of attractions, including agriculture exhibits, carnival games and rides, live music, food vendors, and much more.
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