Altoona vs. Altoona II: Iowa, Wisconsin cities wager meat, beer for Hawkeyes-Badgers football game
Altoona is doubling down on the Iowa Hawkeyes.
The east Polk County city, fresh off a winning college football bet against Altoona, Pennsylvania, has placed another wager with Altoona, Wisconsin.
In its first bet, ahead of Oct. 9's top-five Big Ten matchup between Iowa and Penn State, Iowa's Altoona put up steaks from The Big Steer, a local restaurant, against chocolates made in the Pennsylvania city. The Hawkeyes — and Altoona, Iowa — won that day.
Now, Iowa's Altoona is adding beer from Brightside Aleworks in a wager over the outcome of the Oct. 30 game between the Hawkeyes and the Wisconsin Badgers in Madison. Altoona, Wisconsin, a town east of Eau Claire, is putting local cheese curds, brats and beer on the line.
“As before, may the best Altoona win,” Altoona, Iowa, Mayor Dean O’Connor said in a news release.
Altoona, Iowa, turned its last win into a fundraising effort for the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital with the Carson King Foundation. The drive was supposed to end Thursday, Oct. 21.
Five incorporated cities in the U.S. go by the name Altoona; they're located in Alabama, Iowa, Kansas, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Of those cities, Pennsylvania's is the largest with an approximate population of 43,000, followed by Iowa's (20,000), Wisconsin's (8,000) and Kansas' (370). Four other states — Washington, Ohio, Louisiana and Florida — have unincorporated communities named Altoona.
Chris Higgins covers the eastern suburbs for the Register. Reach him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @chris_higgins_.