Plans for FRY fest 2010 Announced

April 15, 2010

CORALVILLE, Iowa — The Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), the University of Iowa Athletics Department, and the City of Coralville are pleased to announce the guests of honor and programming plans for this year’s FRY Fest celebration. Held annually each Fryday before the first home football weekend, FRY Fest is the ultimate “Celebration of all that is Hawkeye.”

2010 marks the 50th anniversary of the 1960 University of Iowa football team and 25th anniversary of the 1985 squad. Both were Big Ten Conference champions and qualified for Rose Bowl berths. FRY fest 2010 will pay tribute to these team. Many of the student-athletes and coaches who were a part of these historic teams will be in attendance.

The 1960 UI football team was the last coached by Forest Evashevski. The UI will celebrate the “Evashevski Era” with the staging of its second “Throwback Game” on Saturday, Sept. 25, when the nationally ranked 2010 Iowa Hawkeyes close the non-conference portion of their schedule with a game against Ball State inside historic Kinnick Stadium.

For that game, Iowa’s student-athletes will wear a uniform modeled after Evy’s 1958 Hawkeye squad that posted an 8-1-1 overall record that included a 38-12 victory over California in the 1959 Rose Bowl.

“FRY fest blew away our expectations a year ago and this year’s plans are even greater. I don’t ever want to wish away time, but I can’t wait for the start of the 2010 football season at the UI and the official kickoff event for the year, FRY fest 2010.”
Gary Barta
Director of Athletics

“FRY fest blew away our expectations a year ago and this year’s plans are even greater. I don’t ever want to wish away time, but I can’t wait for the start of the 2010 football season at the UI and the official kickoff event for the year, FRY fest 2010,” said Gary Barta, the UI’s director of athletics.

“I also want to thank the City of Coralville, the Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the hundreds of volunteers who will give of their time to make FRY Fest 2010 as successful as we know it will be. These are great, great partners of the UI Athletics Department. Whether it be Herky on Parade, the Hawkeye Express, or FRY fest, everything we do in partnership with Kelly (Hayworth, city administrator, Coralville) and Josh (Schamberger) turns into gold.”

FRY fest will once again hold the World’s Largest Hawkeye Tradeshow & Tailgate Party where fans can interact with hundreds of Hawkeye retailers, licensees, and other related groups. This event provides a venue by which fans can meet & greet many members of the 1960 and 1985 teams, the 2010 Hall of Fame class, and a host of other former and current student athletes, coaches, and media personalities.

As the day wraps up, organizers are requesting all of Hawkeye nation show up in the Iowa River Landing and “shake it all about” in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for largest organized Hokey Pokey Dance. As many fans will remember the festivals namesake, Hayden Fry, performed the Hokey Pokey with many different teams over the 80’s and 90’s in the locker room after a big win. The current world record was set in 2003 in Toronto, Canada with 4,431 participants.

FRY fest will conclude this year with another major concert featuring the popular Des Moines rockers The Nadas and legendary music icons, Three Dog Night. Concert tickets, which are available now at FRYfest.com, the official world wide web site for FRY fest, and all proceeds will benefit the Coralville 4th Fest Celebrations.

2010 Iowa Football Throwback Game
Sept. 25 – Ball State

A celebration of the era of Iowa football under head coach Forest Evashevski, 1952-60

Uniform Year
1958 regular season / 1959 Rose Bowl (champions)
Head coach: Forest Evashevski
Record: 8-1-1 overall, 5-1 in Big Ten Conference
Rose Bowl: Iowa 38, California 12

Helmet
“Green Bay Gold” with 3-inch black “gothic” jersey number and black stripe. Name of player on ’58 team on the front of the helmet; “59 Rose Bowl” on the back of the helmet.

Jersey
Black with “Green Bay Gold” trim and numbers. Numbers will appear on front and back. No player name.

Pant
“Green Bay Gold” with one-inch black braid on outside of each leg.

Shoe
Black with white laces and white “Nike” swoosh.

Sock
Low cut white and ½-inch black trim at top.