ARNOLDS PARK, Iowa - After going up, down and across Iowa for the past month, it seemed fitting for the 2010 Iowa State Tailgate Tour to conclude in an amusement park (Arnolds Park) with one of the country’s most famous roller coasters (The Legend) Tuesday evening. An overflow, raucous crowd in the Okoboji area gave each of the Cyclone coaches a standing ovation. Before making the final visit of the year in northwest, Iowa, the Cyclone contingent made a lunch stop at Stoney Creek Inn located in Sioux City, Iowa.
Iowa State head men’s basketball coach Fred Hoiberg, head wrestling coach Kevin Jackson, head women’s basketball coach Bill Fennelly, Director of Athletics Jamie Pollard and members of the Iowa State athletics department staff were a part of the final day of the tour.
Fans in Sioux City got a chance to interact with the ISU group. Additionally, Hoiberg talked about his excitement in regard to taking over the reign of the men’s hoops program and the up-tempo style of play he looks to run.
On the shores of West Okoboji Lake for the evening stop at Arnolds Park, fans were able to listen to Hoiberg, Pollard, Jackson and Fennelly talk. Furthermore, student-athletes from the ISU football team were in attendance for the fans to interact with and receive autographs. Pollard was honored when he received an honorary doctoral degree “for getting things done” from the fictitious University of Okoboji.
Several staff members got a chance to ride the famous roller coaster as well as participate in two go-kart races. Click the links in the slideout tabs or in the photo above to see videos and photos of the stop on Tuesday evening.