SIOUX CITY, Iowa The kids said it best. Iowa State athletics director Jamie Pollard called all the children in attendance at the local stop of the Cyclone Tailgate Tour up to the stage of the big tent Monday afternoon. With Cy and their Cardinal and Gold clad parents seated in the crowd of more than 700 in a parking lot of the Long Lines Recreation Center, they chanted “Once a Cyclone, always a Cyclone” and “it’s a Cyclone state.”


The new state tour continues to pick up steam after the first events in Cedar Rapids and Davenport last week. All local television stations were in attendance as Pollard and head football coach Gene Chizik went live on local news after a three-hour bus ride from Ames. The tour moves on to Omaha/Council Bluffs Tuesday.


Earlier Monday afternoon, the tour group of Cyclone coaches and staff visited the Bickford Cottage, an assisted living community in Sioux City.  Members of the ISU caravan went room to room, meeting with residents in their apartments.


“This has been a really nice time for our residents,” Cottage director Kathryn Keane said. “They have really enjoyed having visitors.”


Several residents had Iowa State ties. Others, including one resident who had played college football at Nebraska and regaled Chizik about playing both ways in his college days, made new Cyclone contacts.


The tailgate tour moves to Omaha Children’s Hospital Tuesday morning.  After lunch, the group will visit the Boys and Girls Club of Omaha and Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs.  The tailgate begins at 5 p.m. at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs with a short program at 6:30 p.m.