During the Adel City Council Meeting on Tuesday, June 12, Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce Director Deb Bengtson announced that the Chamber will host a 100th birthday party for the late Nile Kinnick on July 7.
The celebration will start with a private ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. at the Adel Historical Museum. At 11 a.m. the event will be open to the public at the Community Stage and Pavilion at the corner of 10th Street and Main Street where they will have cake and ice cream, Herkey and the University of Iowa Spirit Squad as well as appearances by Tom Lidd, the author of the book “Nile” and a filmmaker who is creating a film about Nile Kinnick and the 1939 Iowa Hawkeyes.
A bronze bust will also be on display for the first time ever at the celebration. Attendees will be able to take selfies with the statue.
The event will wrap up at 2 p.m.
Nile Kinnick was born and raised in Adel before going on to be the only Iowa Hawkeye football player to ever win the Heisman Trophy in 1939. Kinnick chose to forego an NFL career and, instead, enlisted in the United States Navy and passed away during World War II when he made an emergency landing in his plane in the Gulf of Paria, near Venezuela. His body was never recovered.