Hawkeye on Parade C(Herk)itry Wins Popularity Contest

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Thousands of votes were cast in the Press-Citizen's online contest to choose your favorite Herky on Parade, and there is a winner.

C(Herk)itry, created by Jason Soliday, was the runaway winner in the final round, with 3,043 votes. Coming in a distant second was Marching Band Herky, with 1,470 votes.

Soliday, in his 21st year as an art specialist with Des Moines Public Schools at East High School, will receive a miniature set of all 83 Herky on Parade statues, courtesy of the Iowa City/Coralville Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The C(Herk)itry statue, which looks like a circuit motherboard albeit it one with a face, now adorns the Clinton Street entrance of the Old Capitol Town Center in Iowa City, thanks to the sponsorship of Dr. Kartik Reddy, son of Sudhakar Reddy, professor of electrical and computer engineering.