Maddie Poppe, Iowa’s first ‘Idol,’ coming to Jefferson

Maddie Poppe, the first Iowan to win TV’s “American Idol,” will perform Friday at Wild Rose Casino — only her second home-state concert since winning the competition in May.

Des Moines singer-songwriter Patresa Hartman will open the show.

Poppe, 20, was born and raised in Iowa, graduating from Clarksville High School.

She headlined her first Iowa performance last week at Wild Rose Clinton, thanks to two of her biggest fans — Wild Rose chairman Gary Kirke and his wife, Sue.

In honor of Poppe being the first Iowan to win “Idol,” her concert Friday will be turned into “First Ladies Night,” a celebration of trailblazing Iowa women.

“We have a lot of women who are crashing through glass ceilings achieving firsts here in Iowa,” Kirke said, “and that needs to be celebrated.”

Before Poppe takes the stage, several other Iowa female “firsts” are joining in the celebration: Gov. Kim Reynolds, U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, House Speaker Linda Upmeyer and Auditor Mary Mosiman — all the first women to hold their respective positions in Iowa.

Closer to home, Jefferson’s Doreen Wilber was the first Iowa woman to win an Olympic gold medal — beating gymnast Shawn Johnson to the podium by four decades. 

Since opening in July 2015, Wild Rose Jefferson has drawn more than 2 million people to Greene County with visitors from all 50 states and 22 countries.

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