RVTV's coming to town

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Sep. 5—Kick-off to the college football season is underway and Monroe is just days away from hosting WHO 13 TV's RVTV for the annual CyHawk rivalry week. Activities start at noon Sept. 6 on the square in Monroe and will last well into the night as the community celebrates the Iowa-Iowa State match-up.

"This will be a lot of fun," Monroe Mayor Doug Duinink said.

Coming from Altoona, this is the first time Monroe has been selected for RVTV.

"We're always excited about a first-time tour stop," WHO 13 Sports Director Keith Murphy said. "We try to see new places, and it really helps if the town wants to do it. John Sears does most of the work on trying to combine newbies and repeats."

While in Monroe, a parade of sorts is planned to welcome the RVTV crew to PCM with a siren and lights escort leading them by each school, both in Prairie City and Monroe, before settling on the square. The Patty Richards Country Music Show will take the stage from 1 to 3 p.m. and the south side of the square will feature a car show throughout the day.

Dance performances will wow the crowd from 3:30 to 5 p.m. followed by knockerball at 4 p.m. The evening entertainment, Standing Hampton will rock the downtown from 6 to 9 p.m. along with many activities including water fights, PLINKO and inflatables.

Be sure to bring an appetite with food vendors including Frankie's BBQ, Marcia's Sweet Treats, ice cream and popcorn from the Old Settlers Committee and offerings from the Boy Scouts, PCM cheerleaders and Kiwanis.

Everyone is invited to wear their best and brightest Iowa Hawkeyes or Iowa State Cyclones gear to represent their favorite team. Channel 13 Live News will feature Monroe at the 4, 5, 6 and 10 p.m. airings.

Along for the ride this year on RVTV, Murphy expects to see WHO 13 Chief Meteorologist Ed Wilson, Today In Iowa Co-Anchor Andy Fales, WHO 13 Weekend Sports Anchor John Sears, WHO 13 Sports Reporter Mark Freund and "The Iowa Nice Guy" Scott Siepker. The crew will spend the day in Monroe, feature local stories and get to know the great citizens that make up the PCM communities.

"I'm most looking forward to meeting new people and learning about another small town. The best part of RVTV is how positive everything is. It's contagious," Murphy said. "I also appreciate being reminded that to most people the rivalry is fun. Sometimes in my job I hear too much from the fans who take it way too seriously. It's just football. Both sides want to win, but let's mostly have fun together."

After visiting Monroe, RVTV will head to Albia, Stuart and Indianola before landing in Iowa City Sept. 10 for game day.

Contact Jamee A. Pierson at 641-792-3121 ext. 534 or jpierson@newtondailynews.com