After months of criticism, debate and democracy, a new Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series Trophy has been selected.
The “Mascot Football Concept” has been chosen in a public vote, and will be presented to the winner of the Iowa State-Iowa football game, starting with the Sept. 8 meeting at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City.
“I think it was a great process, now that we look back,” said Mindy Williamson, director of communications for the Iowa Corn Growers Association. “It’s the people’s trophy, and the people’s game.”
The winning entry, which includes mascots from both teams, corn stalks and a football, received 8,002 of the 10,282 votes cast. Voting started April 14 and ended at 11:59 p.m. Monday. The “Corn Football Concept” received 1,437 votes and the “Corn Stalk Football Concept” got 843 votes.
Williamson said an official announcement on the winning trophy is expected later this week, after all votes are confirmed.
“It’s pretty much cut and dried, though,” Williamson said.
Last August, the unveiling of a new trophy featuring a farm family around a bushel of corn got a less than enthusiastic response and was scrapped. Iowa State received an interim trophy after outlasting Iowa in triple overtime, 44-41.
Iowa Corn asked the public to submit ideas for a revised trophy, and an estimated 500 responses were received. Entries ranged from written explanations to designs on napkins.
Six possible trophies were presented to a committee that included former Iowa football coach Hayden Fry and Iowa State play-by-play voice John Walters. They narrowed it down to the three finalists.
The vote count wasn’t overwhelming. The total represents approximately one out of every seven people who attend this year’s game at 70,585-seat Kinnick Stadium.
“The thing we talked about here is that one of the trophies was so far ahead and there wasn’t a lot of last-minute voting,” Williamson said. “I think that had something to do with the number of people that voted. But 10,000 is a great number.”
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