- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Democrats missing the Harkin Steak Fry can gather at a new progressive event next month.

Liberal group Progress Iowa told The Associated Press on Tuesday that they will host a gathering called the Corn Feed. The Aug. 30 event in downtown Des Moines will feature sweet corn and a speaking lineup with Iowa Democrats and at least one 2016 presidential hopeful.

Progress Iowa Executive Director Matt Sinovic says former Sen. Tom Harkin will attend, along with Congressman Dave Loebsack, Iowa Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal and Iowa House Minority Leader Mark Smith. Former Rhode Island governor and Democratic presidential hopeful Lincoln Chafee will also attend.

Harkin’s annual Steak Fry fundraiser was held for the final time last fall. For decades, the event drew prominent Democrats and huge crowds.

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