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36th Annual Harkin Steak Fry to Feature Vice President Joe Biden, San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro

Posted August 13, 2013 in Community Web Exclusives, Norwalk

(INDIANOLA, IOWA) – U.S. Senator Tom Harkin today announced that Vice President Joe Biden and San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro will be the featured guests at his 36th Annual Steak Fry.  The event will be held Sunday, September 15th from 1:00 – 4:00pm at the Warren County Fairgrounds.

“This year’s featured guests are the true embodiment of the American Dream.  They both achieved it through hard work and perseverance and they both understand why we must make the economy work for the middle class,” said Senator Harkin.  “Ruth and I look forward to hosting both of these dynamic guests and hearing their thoughts on the political landscape at this year’s event.”

Joe Biden is the 47th Vice President of the United States.  At age 29, he became one of the youngest people ever elected to the United States Senate.  He went on to serve as a Senator from Delaware for 36 years, establishing himself as a leader on some of our nation’s most important domestic and international challenges. 

As Vice President, he worked to implement the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, helping to rebuild our economy and lay the foundation for a sustainable economic future.  As part of his continued efforts to raise the living standards of middle class Americans across the country, Vice President Biden has also focused on the issues of college affordability and American manufacturing growth, key priorities of the Administration.

Julián Castro has served three terms as Mayor of San Antonio, Texas – the youngest mayor of a Top 50 American city.  He became a household name after being selected by President Barack Obama to deliver the Keynote Address at the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.  His identical twin brother Joaquin is a Congressman from Texas.

Throughout his tenure, Mayor Castro has focused on attracting well-paying jobs in 21st century industries, positioning San Antonio to be a leader in the New Energy Economy and raising educational attainment across the spectrum. In 2011, the Milken Institute ranked San Antonio the nation’s top-performing local economy.  Mayor Castro created SA2020, a community-wide visioning effort turned nonprofit that has galvanized thousands of San Antonians around a dynamic and powerful vision for San Antonio — to create a brainpower community that is the liveliest city in the nation.

First held on a farm in Madison County, the Harkin Steak Fry has become a signature political event in Iowa.  Past special guests have included Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, Senator Al Franken and all of the major Democratic presidential candidates in 2003 and 2007.

General admission tickets for the Steak Fry cost $30 and include refreshments and a steak dinner. To purchase tickets, get directions or learn more about the 36th Annual Harkin Steak Fry, visit or call 515-277-9966.  

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