RVTV Coming to Lake Panorama on Labor Day
By Ashley Schable
Iowa State Cyclone and Iowa Hawkeye fans be prepared because WHO-TV Channel 13’s RVTV crew will roll into Panora on Monday, September 4. RVTV is a week-long tour of tailgating stops in various towns around the state leading up to the annual Cy-Hawk football game featuring Iowa State and Iowa.
The RVTV tour kicks off Monday with a stop in Panora. The tour then rolls on through Slater, Boone and Humboldt before stopping in Ames where this year’s game will be played on Saturday, September 9 at 11 a.m.
Chris Arganbright, a member of Panora’s RVTV committee made up of Panora Chamber members, who are sponsoring the event, said the community is ready to host RVTV. “It’s neat to see the excitement building for RVTV coming to Panora,” Arganbright said. “What a great opportunity to showcase our community.”
Committee members are planning activities for adults and children in a family-friendly event. Some of the activities include sand volleyball, tug of war, human foosball, a dunk tank, bags and temporary tattoos. Fans are encouraged to make signs to show their support. The RVTV crew will judge the signs with a prize going to the winner.
Tori’s Angels and Deardorff Highland Cattle will be selling food throughout the day.
Festivities kick off at 2 p.m. with live broadcasts from the beach at 4, 5, 6 and 10 p.m. The Panorama fall sports teams will be present. There will be live performances from the Panorama high school varsity and junior high cheerleaders, Main Street dancers, Lake Panorama Ski Team, and the Ghost Riders Acoustic Band.
“We are very excited for our stop in Panora, mainly because it’s a new stop and from the people I’ve talked to, the town is really behind RVTV,” said John Sears, WHO-TV anchor, who is helping organize the tour. “Town support always makes the biggest difference. The best stops we’ve had on RVTV, the town support has been incredible. Imagine putting on a town carnival or street party, and we just show up, that’s what we want.”
Sears said this will be the first time RVTV has broadcast from a beach or waterfront. “This will be a first which is super exciting,” Sears said. “Having the stop on the beach takes it up a notch and I’m sure during some of the newscast someone will get thrown into the lake.”
Fans are encouraged to help divide the beach in Panora’s Cy-Hawk Beach Battle. The more red and gold and black and gold on the beach, the better.
“This is the game for the state of Iowa, and while it’s a rivalry, being able to bring both fan bases together for a party is a ton of fun,” Sears said. “Fans are what make the game great, and they are what make RVTV great. Show us what Panora has to offer, we love seeing which fanbase can ring it better.”
Sears will be joined by WHO-TV staffers Keith Murphy, Michael Admire, Ed Wilson, Iowa Nice Guy Scott Siepker, Cyclone Fanatic Chris Williams, Hawkeyenation, and photographer Sam Lozada throughout the tour.
Expected to make surprise appearances are Iowa State Athletic Director Jamie Pollard, former Cyclones Jordan Carstens and Todd Blythe, former Hawkeye Devan Moylan, and Kent Stephenson, who coached Dan McCarney at Iowa and later coached with him in the NFL.