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News Service:

Annette Hacker, director,
(515) 294-3720

Office: (515) 294-4777

4-20-07

Contacts:

Matthew Mattox, Hy-Vee, (515) 230-7741

Carole Custer, University Marketing, (515) 294-3134, cacuste@iastate.edu

Annette Hacker, News Service, (515) 294-3720 or 306-2374, annette@iastate.edu

MEDIA ADVISORY/PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: See Iowa State's 150th birthday cake being prepared Friday, April 20

AMES, Iowa -- Have pastry bag, will travel.

A dozen cake decorators from Hy-Vee stores in Ames, Omaha, Minneapolis and the Quad Cities will assemble, ice and decorate Iowa State's giant sesquicentennial birthday cake in Beardshear Hall Friday, April 20, from 3 to 9 p.m. The bakery experts will be assisted by 20 volunteers.

The piece de resistance is at least 12 feet high and as wide as the circular banister in the center of Beardshear Hall. It will be part real cake, part faux cake, topped with a few large candles.

Iowa State's sesquicentennial will kick off at a celebration and cake-cutting ceremony on the steps of Beardshear immediately following Saturday's Veishea parade. ISU President Gregory Geoffroy will speak, and the ISU marching band will lead the crowd in singing "Happy Birthday."

President Gregory and Mrs. Kathy Geoffroy and representatives from Hy-Vee will lead the birthday party into Beadshear, and cut and sample the first pieces of cake. Then, let the serving begin! Of the 20,000 pieces of FREE birthday cake to be served on Saturday, about a fourth of the slices will come from the large, central cake, and the remainder will be cut from sheet cakes. All of that birthday cake will be covered in more than 1,500 pounds of frosting.

The cake is marble-flavored, which means no party guests will have to choose between chocolate or vanilla -- they'll have both. Bakery staff at both Ames Hy-Vee stores have invested more than 35 hours to create ISU's 150th birthday cake.

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