Cy the Cardinal at Osceola County Fair

Three young fairgoers stand next to Cy the Cardinal for a photo op at the 2018 Osceola County Fair. The Iowa State University mascot will visit N’West Iowa again next weekend to help O’Brien and Osceola counties celebrate “CyDay Friday” in anticipation of the football game between the Iowa State Cyclones and the Iowa Hawkeyes.

REGIONAL—No matter if they cheer for the Cyclones or the Hawkeyes, Iowa college football fans in O’Brien and Osceola counties can get behind the festivities planned for Friday, Sept. 13.

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offices in the two counties will celebrate “CyDay Friday” by putting on a decorating contest in which county residents, businesses and schools can show off their Iowa State University or University of Iowa pride.

“They can do window painting, they can decorate inside, whatever they would like,” said Kate Stewart, K-12 program coordinator at the O’Brien County Extension office.

“Then what they have to do is they just take a picture with them and their decorations and post it to our Facebook event, and then we will select the winners from there.”

The Facebook event, titled “CyDay Friday,” may be found under each county office’s Facebook page. To be eligible, the decorations must offer appropriate, positive messages and must recognize Iowa State and Iowa in some way.

Entries must be posted to the event page by noon Friday and must include the #CyHawkStrong hashtag. Stewart said two winners, one supporting the Cyclones and one supporting the Hawkeyes, will be announced on the event page at 4 p.m.

Later that evening, the county Extension offices will be in Hartley at the football game between Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn and Sibley-Ocheyedan. The Iowa Corn Growers Association is sponsoring the prizes, which it will present to the winners at halftime.

Stewart said there also will be a “corn relay race” between the Iowa State mascot, Cy the Cardinal, and representatives from the Extension offices and the high schools.

Since this is the first year the Extension offices are putting on the decorating contest, the number of people who will participate is not certain. Stewart said the Extension offices had visited different businesses in the two counties to advertise the contest and gauge interest in it.

“From face-to-face interaction, they all seemed like it’d be a good idea, and they would help to participate,” she said.

“So we’re very hopeful that it will be good.”

The next morning, the Extension offices will take Cy the Cardinal to the grain elevators in Osceola County to deliver doughnuts and cookies to the workers there. They will visit the O’Brien County elevators in the afternoon.

“It’s just to thank the elevators for supporting our farmers and all their hard work,” Stewart said. “If the elevators want to invite some of the farmers that they support, they’re more than welcome to.”