Hills Bank is excited to unveil our statue, Herky of the Corn, to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of Herky on Parade.
We chose Herky of the Corn because Hills Bank and Trust Company has been involved with agriculture and farm families in Eastern Iowa since 1904. Supporting agriculture has also been an important of the Iowa Hawkeyes’ history as well.
During the 1980s, many farmers and businesses in Iowa and throughout the Midwest endured the impact of the Farm Crisis. In 1985, as a show of support, former Hawkeye Head Coach Hayden Fry introduced the America Needs Farmers (ANF) sticker to the football team’s helmets. Fry knew the Farm Crisis touched many of the fans and his players. This symbol became a message to his team that strength rests on character and resiliency. This simple yet powerful message was a reminder to all who were affected by the Farm Crisis. We are grateful for all the hard work, progress, and innovation that have come from agriculture’s farm producers and agri-businesses over the past three decades.
Agriculture is intertwined with our history, heritage, and values, and it remains an important part of our culture today. Herky of the Corn is a natural extension of our bank-wide celebrations surrounding our agricultural pride.
As a celebration of spring and agriculture, we hatch baby chicks in our lobbies every March in anticipation of new life and all the good things that agriculture production provides us. Life’s new beginnings each spring portray Mother Nature at her best.
Several locations throughout Linn and Johnson Counties celebrate Barnyard Days as a yearly tradition. It’s a highly anticipated event for children and adults alike providing opportunities to get a close look at different farm animals brought in from local farmers.
Sweet Corn Appreciation Give-Away in Late Summer
Hills Bank gives away ears of sweet corn from local producers in special appreciation to our customers for growing with us.
Herky on Parade 2 celebrates local and regional artists and demonstrates the pride Hills Bank has in our communities. We are honored to be a part of Herky on Parade’s 10th Anniversary and want to extend our thanks to local artists, April and Jim Kelly, for doing a fantastic job with Hills Bank’s Herky of the Corn! Also, a big thank you to the Herky on Parade committee and the Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau for coordinating this public art project.
Herky of the Corn can be found at the North Liberty Community Gardens – 153 E Penn Street in North Liberty. The statues are on parade throughout town until August 29th when all of the statues will make their final stop at FRY Fest at the Iowa River Landing. Following the parade, the Herky statues will be auctioned to support the United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties. For more information about Herky on Parade or to see all the Herky statues, we encourage you to visit the official Herky on Parade website.
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