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MidAmerican Energy to Feature Array of Energy Activities at the Iowa State Fair

DES MOINES, Iowa – (Aug. 10, 2016) – MidAmerican Energy Company will welcome fairgoers to its Visitors Center at the Iowa State Fair for activities on wind energy, robot demonstrations by FIRST® Tech Challenge students, hair-raising presentations by the Science Center of Iowa, special appearances by mascot Louie the Lightning Bug, and a safety selfie station.

Located under the wind turbine on Exposition Hill, the company will feature Turbine Talks at 10 a.m. starting Aug. 12 and continuing through the end of the Fair. Attendees can learn how wind turbines operate and about the company’s vision to reach 100 percent renewable energy for customers in Iowa. Inside the MidAmerican Energy Visitors Center, guests can view a monitor with real-time information about how much electricity the company’s wind farms are generating.

Robots will roam the MidAmerican Energy Visitors Center on Aug. 11, 16 and 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. as FIRST Tech Challenge students display and operate their creations. FIRST Tech Challenge is a robotics program that combines the spirit of competition with science and technology. Students build robots, while engaging in science, technology, engineering and math. Through FIRST Tech Challenge, MidAmerican Energy supports and encourages students to pursue STEM education and STEM-related careers. The company sponsors several teams in its service area.

On Aug. 17 and 18, staff from the Science Center of Iowa will be on hand from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to present “Simply Electrifying,” a demonstration on static electricity. The Science Center will talk with visitors about energy and how it impacts our daily lives.

Always a favorite among kids, Louie the Lightning Bug will make appearances Aug. 11, 16, and 18 at noon in the MidAmerican Energy Visitors Center. Free drawstring bags and coloring sheets featuring MidAmerican Energy’s “Slam the Scam” campaign will be handed out Aug. 11 and 16 to the first 2,000 kids through the doors.

Returning for the second year is MidAmerican Energy’s safety selfie station. Kids and adults alike can pose as a line mechanic by putting on safety gear and taking a selfie inside an electric bucket lift. Fairgoers can share the selfie on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #SafetySelfie. MidAmerican Energy will feature the pictures on its social media pages.

The MidAmerican Energy Visitors Center is located on Exposition Hill under the wind turbine and near the MidAmerican Energy Stage. The building is open from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Geothermal energy helps to keep the Visitors Center cool during the Fair. The outside of the Visitors Center is retrofitted with LED screens that will broadcast videos, informational messaging and events taking place on the MidAmerican Energy Stage.

For updates and happenings during the Iowa State Fair, follow MidAmerican Energy on Facebook and Twitter.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company is an energy provider serving 752,000 electric customers and 733,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. It is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available on the company’s website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via MidAmerican Energy Company's website.