The horns did the cheering for the speeches which could be seen on two big screens and heard over loudspeakers or an FM frequency broadcast within the confines of the field.
Polk County Democratic Party chairman Sean Bagniewski said 900 people were served dinner in their vehicle by a corps of volunteers on golf carts, “making this one of the biggest Democratic events in America this year.”
Jeff Perry of Ankeny got to the field early and parked in the front row.
“Instead of cramming everybody into a confined space, we’re doing it the socially-distant, responsible way,” Perry said.
After a season of canceled parades, there was a contest for best-decorated vehicle. Connie Bock of Carroll and three other women attached American flags, silver streamers and campaign signs to their SUV for the evening.
“We had a beach ball on top, but we were afraid the wind was going to take it,” Bock said.
Vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris recorded a video message for the event.
“Please, keep pouring your energy into this race because we know what’s at stake in this election and we don’t have a moment to waste…Let’s keep up the pressure, let’s roll up our sleeves and let’s bring this race home,” Harris said, her closing comments made amid a crescendo of horn honking.
A spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee said it was “shameful” that Harris and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden didn’t show up in person for Saturday’s event and a signal the Biden-Harris campaign is “ignoring Iowans.”
President Trump’s son, Donald Trump, Jr., is due to campaign in Treynor, Iowa later today.