A sea of red, gold and black washed through downtown Webster City on Wednesday afternoon for what Keith Murphy, of WHO, described as the biggest turnout for an RVTV event ever.
The event closed off portions of Second Street and Des Moines Street in downtown. Streets closed at noon as the RVTV crew prepared for their broadcast and community members set up activities throughout downtown. Plenty of tailgaters also showed up to eat and socialize in preparation for the University of Iowa vs. Iowa State University football game this weekend.
Children also had plenty to do at the event, with activities including face painting, coloring, a football toss and tug of war and bean bag contests. Adults also joined in a competition where nine teams competed to cook the best chili. The public was invited to try the chili along with several judges. Burgers by Webster City Custom Meats were also available for purchase.
Among several WHO broadcasts, Michael Admire and Andy Fales racing down Second Street on loaned Doodlebugs, with Fales coming out on top. Both team mascots, Herky and Cy, were there to cheer the racers on. During a later broadcast, RVTV marked its first on-air marriage proposal by Logan Welch. It was also the first accepted on-air proposal, as Welch and his girlfriend, Lindsay McCormick, embraced on air.
As the day drew to a close, smores roasting over fire pits marked the end of the event. For many fans, only the upcoming rivalry game can surpass the excitement felt Wednesday afternoon in Webster City.
Cyclone and Hawkeye fans gathered for a live broadcast for WHO’s RVTV on Wednesday evening. While no exact count of event-goers was taken, Keith Murphy said the Webster City event was the most attended event in its history among the towns that it goes through in preparation for the University of Iowa and Iowa State University football game scheduled for this weekend.