CLEAR LAKE, Iowa - Amidst the memories that shroud the state icon that is the Surf Ballroom, a large and enthusiastic throng of Iowa State fans gathered to demonstrate their loyalty and interest in Cyclone athletics. The ballroom was the perfect place for a large gathering of fans on the final day of the second stretch of the 2010 Tailgate Tour. More than 1,000 Iowa State backers, many with children in tow, packed the building Wednesday evening to hear from ISU head coaches as they prepare for the 2010-2011 season.
The day had begun in New Hampton where the Cyclone contingent stopped for a luncheon at The Pub at the Pinicon. It was the first time the Tailgate Tour had ever stopped in New Hampton and the turnout enjoyed hearing from ISU head football coach Paul Rhoads and his fellow ISU head coaches. The bus then hit the road for a stop at Sukup Manufacturing in Sheffield. The Sukup family was the gracious lead donor in the construction of the state-of-the-art ISU basketball practice facility that now bears their name in Ames. Sukup Manufacturing Co. is a family-owned and operated business in the heart of Midwest farmland. The company manufactures a full line of grain storage, drying and handling equipment, as well as a line of implements.
Ultimately, the key to Sukup Manufacturing Co's success has been its innovative ideas that have resulted in over 70 U.S. patents. Sukup Manufacturing Co. currently produces a broad line of grain handling and storage systems as well as innovative tillage equipment. Iowa State head coach Bill Fennelly is a fan.
"When I go to work in the morning, I go to a facility that is the best of its kind in the country," ISU head women's basketball coach Bill Fennelly said. "Our facility is constantly in use."
ISU men's basketball coach Fred Hoiberg contrasted his new home to that of his options as a player (1991-1995).
"There were many times when I didn't have a place to go shoot," Hoiberg said. "My first day in Ames as coach, I came late to the Sukup Building and there were players taking advantage of all the things this facility has to offer."
After touring the Sukup facility, it was on to Clear Lake and the Surf, where Buddy Holly played his last concert. The young Cyclones were everywhere, getting pictures taken with Iowa State players and coaches, receiving a Cyclone cap and visiting with their favorite friend, Cy. The Tailgate Tour continues with stops in Harland and Omaha on June 7 and Sioux City and Okobji on June 8.
Click the "links" and "video" slideout tabs in the photo above to see multimedia from Wednesday's stops. Videos include round No. 4 of "Tailgate Tour Trivia," as well as head football coach Paul Rhoads and Director of Athletics Jamie Pollard signing the famous Surf Ballroom Wall.