Rock N' Roads

Rock N' Roads

1950's CarThe theme of this event was "Rock ‘n Roads." The celebration was intended to recognize Iowa’s rich road-building history and the many contributions that Iowans have made in development and construction of this national highway system.

This 1950s/60s-themed event was be held outdoors on the lawn at Living History Farms. The event included participation by many groups including speakers, exhibitors, musicians and volunteers.
  • participation by Lt. Governor Sally Pederson, who arrived in a vintage automobile, courtesy of Motor Ioway
  • a concert headlined by Iowa Hall of Fame Rock and Roll band, Jerry Martin and the Sounds, with an additional performance by Richie Lee and the Fabulous 50's
  • free hotdogs, chips and sodas for the first 500 guests provided by the Iowa Associated General Contractors and PepsiAmericas of Urbandale
  • a vintage auto show by Motor Ioway
  • free ice cream treats by the Iowa Concrete Paving Association, and a concrete paving equipment display in partnership with Flynn Ready Mix of Dubuque
  • asphalt paving equipment display by the Iowa Asphalt Paving Association in partnership with Ziegler CAT
  • historic truck show by the American Truck Historical Society
  • a live radio broadcast from Oldies 93.3 KIOA including their Classic Giveaway 1977 Chevrolet Corvette
  • an appearance by Trooper Bear and an Iowa State Patrol vehicle on display
  • Motor Vehicle Enforcement patrol car and officer;
  • a tire display by the Bridgestone/Firestone agricultural plant in Des Moines
  • an Airstream travel trailer outfitted with a recording studio, an array of flat-panel screens and a 3-D virtual environment. The 28-foot trailer is similar to the original Airstreams that were popular with vacationers along interstate highways beginning in the 1050s. The University of Illinois trailer was originally featured on Donald Trump’s television show "The Apprentice"
  • motorcycle show by The American Legion Riders of Iowa


-AAA Minnesota/Iowa

-American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials

-Associated General Contractors of Iowa

-CH2M Hill, Inc.

-Des Moines Visitors and Convention Bureau

-Ethanol Promotion and Information Council, featuring Iowa State University's Formula SAE racecar, with en E-85 burning engine

-Federal Highway Administration

-Iowa Asphalt Paving Association and Ziegler/Cat

-Iowa Department of Economic Development, Iowa Tourism Office

-Iowa Department of Transportation

-Iowa Motor truck Association

-Jerry Martin and the Sounds

-Operation Interdependence


-Des Moines Visitors and Convention Bureau