Thank you so much to Willie Farrell for filling in for Van this morning!  I found out Willie is not only a comedian, he is also an artist!  He drew caricatures of Van & Bonnie during the show this morning...he's pretty good!  Willie is going to be at the Funny Bone here in West Des Moines on July 2, 3 and 5.  The Italian Fest is coming up on July 25th and 26th at the Western Gateway Park and will feature Little River Band on Saturday night!  Willie will be happy to take you on in a game of bocce ball!  If you would like to book Willie for a corporate event or a class reunion, e-mail Willie at  

Bob Quinn is in Mason City for the Tractor Ride.  Everything was backed up by two hours this morning due to fog.  Tune in tomorrow morning for tractor ride reports from Bob and Mark Dorenkamp.

Stephen King of the Des Moines Arts Festival joined us in the studio just after the 8:30 news.  This juried art fair features 195 professional visual artists.  There's also an Emerging Iowa Artists Program, live music on the Hy-Vee main stage, dance, comedy, food and of course, lots of art of all kinds.  It's all one-of-a-kind.  The dates are Friday, June 27th, Saturday the 28th and Sunday the 29th.  The hours are 11AM-10PM on Friday and Saturday, 11AM-5PM on Sunday.  Parking is free after 3:30pm on Friday thru Sunday in the Nationwide Insurance parking ramp on 1100 Walnut Street.  Parking is free on the street after 6PM on Friday.  Admission is FREE!  For more information, go to

I'll have Celebration in Brass tickets to give away tomorrow.  Tune in to win!  Tomorrow's Van fill-in is the whole staff of Saturday Morning Live...Cheryl Pannier, Brian Dean and Nancy Sirk!  Should be a hoot!

Have a great day!