Great River Bridge Lighting

Burlington, IA- The Greater Burlington Partnership has announced that the Great River Bridge in Burlington will be lit on Monday, May 22nd.

The SCC jazz band will bring the entertainment starting at 7:30pm followed by a program at 8pm and then the lighting.

The Great River Bridge Lighting was designed by Energyficient Systems, Inc. and installed by Frank Millard Company both of Burlington, IA. This project has been done in cooperation with the City of Burlington. The new lighting involves LED lighting which will save on energy costs.



Backyard chefs across Iowa are invited to showcase their culinary skills and compete for the title of “Grand Champion” at Iowa Farm Bureau’s 59th Cookout Contest.

The event is held Tuesday, Aug. 15 during Farm Bureau Day at the Iowa State Fair. The Cookout Contest is a celebration of Iowa farmers who raise real meats with animal care and sustainability as their number one priority.

First priority for competition spots are given to grilling and smoking enthusiasts who are named the overall winner of a county Farm Bureau Cookout Contest. Iowans who cannot make a county Cookout Contest qualifying event but are interested in competing in lamb, poultry, turkey or the youth division (ages 13-18) at the Iowa State Fair are encouraged to sign up online. Spots for these specialty categories are limited, and participants will be notified of their selection by July 25.

Each first-place category winner will win $400. The Grand Champion will take home an additional $1,000 prize. The winner of the youth division will receive $300 and a gas grill valued at $1,000, courtesy of the Iowa Propane Gas Association.

For rules, county contest locations or specialty category sign ups, visit