WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT: An attempt to set world record for the largest number of people simultaneously performing the "stop, drop & roll" fire safety maneuver will take place at 6:45 p.m. Saturday at the Newton motorsports facility.

The current world record of 1,700 people was set by the Indianapolis Fire Department shortly after Iowa broke the previous record in August 2011 at the Iowa State Fair.

“We are excited to bring awareness to this important fire safety initiative while also setting a new world record,” State Fire Marshal Ray Reynolds said in a news release. "Indiana State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson and I enjoy working together to raise awareness and challenge our citizens while creating a friendly rivalry. At the end of the day, this event will showcase Iowan’s fire prevention attitude and may someday save lives in a moment of need."

A special discounted ticket price of $15 for adults has been established for this world record attempt. It includes an upper level grandstand seat for the Prairie Meadows 150 race, scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7. People wishing to participate in the "stop, drop & roll" world record attempt may order the special discounted tickets by calling the track’s ticketing hot line at 866-RUSTY-GO (787-8946) or by stopping by the Iowa Speedway Ticket Office, 3333 Rusty Wallace Drive, Newton, and asking for the “Stop, Drop & Roll" discount.

WATCH FOR ROADWORK: Iowa Department of Transportation officials remind motorists to use extra caution in work zones, especially during travel over the Labor Day holiday when holiday travelers are expected to increase the number of vehicles on the road.

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The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship received applications covering 120,680 acres from 1,096 farmers seeking to participate in the program. That includes 109,415 acres of cover crops, 7,321 acres of nitrification inhibitor, 2,675 acres of no-till and 1,268 acres of strip-till. Farmers in 97 of 100 Soil and Water Conservation Districts across the state received funding.

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