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Hayden Fry honored with street & festival

IOWA CITY (KWWL) - The Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB), The University of Iowa,  and City of Coralville along with the Iowa City/Coralville Area Hospitality Association announced a proclamation and new festival honoring longtime Iowa Football Coach Hayden Fry.      

The City of Coralville will issue a proclamation, at their March 10, 2009 meeting, co-naming First Avenue (between I-80 and Hwy 6) in Coralville as Hayden Fry Way.  Hayden Fry Way/First Avenue is the most heavily traveled stretch of road in Johnson  County and serves as the gateway for Kinnick bound Iowa football fans.  It is also the stretch of road Hayden took every day for 20 years to his office.    

Hayden Fry Way will be unveiled publicly at a special ceremony with Coach Fry on September 4, 2009 at 10:00 AM.  Fry celebrated his 80th birthday this past Saturday and 2009 marks the 10th Anniversary of his retirement as Iowa's winningest football coach.    
Fry Fest 2009 will be a new, annual, weekend festival in celebration of the Hawkeyes.  The festival will be named in honor of Coach Hayden Fry. It will be coordinated with unveiling of Hayden Fry Way/First Avenue signage and will occur, annually, on the Friday before each  first Iowa home football game.  This year, FRY FEST will take place on September 4, 2009 and include:      

World's Largest Hawkeye Tradeshow & Tailgate Party  The 30,000 sq ft exhibition hall of the Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center will be transformed into a Hawkeye showcase. Booths will be reserved for Hawkeye retailers, licensees, and other related groups.  This event, along with attendance to the  Hayden Fry Way ceremony will be free and open to the public.      

Pep Rally , Concert On the evening of September 4, the Iowa City/Coralville Area CVB and Coralville 4th Fest Committee will host a pep rally and major concert just north of the Coralville Marriott in the Iowa River Landing.  This event will be a ticketed event with an expected per-ticket cost not to exceed $10.      

The City of Coralville will offer, free, overnight parking in the Iowa River Landing on the nights of Thursday, September 3 and Friday, September 4.  More details on this and other activities will be available in the coming weeks at www.FRYFEST.com or by calling the Iowa City/Coralville Area CVB at 800.283.6592.  

Online Producer: Jason Mortvedt 

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