Three finalists selected for cover of next Iowa Travel Guide

Ag/Outdoor, News

January 24th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Iowans submitted more than 600 photos as part of a contest to determine the cover of the next Iowa Travel Guide. Iowa Tourism Office spokesperson Jessica O’Riley says judges have now narrowed the field to three finalists. The finalists include boaters having fun on an Okoboji lake entered by Brock Bringle of Storm Lake, a family hiking at Maquoketa Caves State Park submitted by Kelsey Delperdang of Cedar Rapids and a kayaker enjoying the Turkey River sent in by Jessica Rilling from Cedar Rapids.

Fans or followers of the Iowa Tourism Office on Facebook will now choose their favorite of the three photos between now and February 1. The winning cover will be announced February 4. O’Riley says fans may vote for their favorite photo once a day per Facebook profile.

The new Iowa Travel Guide will be made available this spring. The annual publication features information about hundreds of vacation destinations in Iowa, as well as hotel and campground listings. The tourism office distributes more than 100,000 copies of the guide and a digital version is also available at The cover of the 2012 Iowa Travel Guide features bicyclists on the High Trestle Trail near Madrid.

(Radio Iowa)