Dispute arises over Iowa
A son of the former superintendent of the Iowa State Fair objects to fair directors' plans to remove his family's former home on the fairgrounds.
Fair officials think removing the 19th-century farmhouse will allow for development around the nearby Grandfather's Barn.
Ted Deets, son of longtime fair superintendent Floyd Deets, says the house's historic value outweighs any benefits gained from its removal. He says the area and the two structures are an opportunity to immerse fairgoers in the history of the fairgrounds.
But fair CEO Gary Slater says Grandfather's Barn, not the house, is the iconic structure. He says the house has undergone several renovations and doesn't resemble the original structure.