Put a stick in that symphony!

Put a stick in that scherzo. Over at this end of downtown, the Des Moines Symphony‘s annual Yankee Doodle Pops concert is next Thursday evening, July 2, on the State Capitol grounds. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket, along with your favorite picnic treats, and enjoy an evening of free classical music with the theme of “Iowa: America’s Musical Heartland.”

There’s even a world premiere of a new work, commissioned just for this event, Peter Hamlin’s “Symphony on a Stick,” which “depicts in music the sights and sounds of the Iowa State Fair.”* (Really!)

http://www.iowastatefair.org/And speaking of the Iowa State Fair, the deadline is quickly approaching for entering the food contests and other competitions at the fair.

You won’t have to make your winning entry until the second week of August, but the deadline for turning in State Fair paperwork is next Wednesday, July 1.

For more information about these and all categories (food and otherwise) of contests, click through to the 2015 Iowa State Fair website. We’ve got more information and instructions about the individual contests (also linked above), along with previous years’ award-winning recipes, elsewhere on the AllSpice blog.