Spotlight Shines on MusicFest at World Pork Expo

April 24, 2013

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Spotlight Shines on MusicFest at World Pork Expo

The spotlight will shine on MusicFest at World Pork Expo on Thursday, June 6, as the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) presents world-class entertainment by Transit Authority and Little Texas. What has become the social highlight of World Pork Expo, MusicFest will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. along Grand Avenue on the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

While music fills the air, attendees can enjoy free roasted pork and refreshments, as MusicFest is included in the price of admission to World Pork Expo.

“While the days at Expo are filled with seminars, shopping the trade show floor, pig shows and much more, MusicFest allows producers and exhibitors to take time out to relax and enjoy some networking and plenty of mouth-watering barbecue,” says Doug Fricke, NPPC’s director of trade show marketing. “Sharing an evening of friendship and good music is a welcome addition to the already-rich 25th-anniversary World Pork Expo experience.”

Three Decades of Music

Transit Authority, the premier tribute band to the iconic music group, Chicago, will kick off MusicFest at 4:30 p.m. This eight-piece ensemble features some of the Midwest’s most talented musicians, including the brass and strings that are so aligned with Chicago’s music.

Here’s just a sampling of what you can expect to hear: “If You Leave Me Now,” “Saturday In The Park” and “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” Transit Authority takes the audience through three decades of music and countless hits guaranteed to bring back memories and create a feel-good atmosphere.

High-Energy Modern Country

Also celebrating its 25th anniversary, Little Texas will bring its high-energy brand of rockin’ country to MusicFest at 6 p.m. Known as the “hardest-working band in country music,” the Grammy-nominated group’s original four members have reunited to perform classics that made them the Academy of Country Music’s Vocal Group of the Year in 1994.

They also feature songs from their newest album that is changing the sound of modern country. Enjoy the timeless music of multi-platinum Little Texas as they take to the stage with “God Blessed Texas,” “What Might Have Been,” “Kick a Little” and other favorites.

So Much More at World Pork Expo

“Whether you’re a pork producer, an employee or a visitor from another country, there is something for everyone at World Pork Expo,” says Randy Spronk, NPPC president and pork producer from Edgerton, MN. “You can fill your days gathering information at seminars, visiting with fellow producers, or investigating new technologies and products. Then stop and enjoy a summer evening and some camaraderie at MusicFest.” 

To receive a $10 early registration discount, go to and click on the “Register Today” icon.

The Web site also has the latest details about room availability at the official Expo hotels and a schedule of activities. Regular updates are available when you connect with World Pork Expo on Facebook, follow World Pork Expo on Twitter (#NPPCWPX), or download the official app by searching for “World Pork” in the Apple Store, Android Market or Blackberry’s App World.

This year, World Pork Expo celebrates its 25th anniversary, June 5-7, at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, IA. More than 400 commercial exhibits will be on display from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5, and Thursday, June 6, as well as from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, June 7.

The breeding stock sales will continue on Saturday, June 8, from 8 a.m. until they're completed (at approximately noon).

World Pork Expo, the world's largest pork-specific trade show, is brought to you by NPPC. On behalf of its members, NPPC develops and defends export markets, fights for reasonable legislation and regulation, and informs and educates legislators. For more information, visit


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