Shortly after Jackson’s death, Iowa State Fair officials announced plans to recognize Jackson’s contributions to music and dance by featuring a butter sculpture of the pop icon doing his moonwalk dance alongside the fair’s famous butter cow — a jersey this year.
The idea proved highly controversial even as fair officials explained that the “butter” Jackson would be just part of a display celebrating the 40th anniversary of the first U.S. lunar landing and Neil Armstrong’s moonwalk.
Fair officials decided to put the issue to a popular vote and set up butter balloting on the Iowa State Fair Web site. Voters must provide an e-mail address and ZIP Code. Results are scheduled to be announced July 17.
Join in the Drake Day at the Fair on Aug. 15
With or without the “butter” Jackson, Drake alumni and friends are invited to celebrate Drake Day at the Iowa State Fair at the fairgrounds on Saturday, Aug. 15.
Visit the Drake tent on Rock Island Avenue, where the University will provide free disposable cameras (quantities are limited) for visitors to snap souvenir photos in several “virtual” Drake scenes.
Bulldog athletes also will make appearances and sign autographs.
Alumni who provide Drake with their e-mail addresses will receive miniature Drake pennants (while supplies last).
In addition to Drake Day at the Fair, the University will have a booth in the William C. Knapp Varied Industries Building throughout the entire fair, which runs from Aug. 13-23.