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From 2013: Des Moines Register photographer Charlie Litchfield shared an inside look at what it's like to cover Iowa's biggest sporting event, the Cy-Hawk football game. Charlie Litchfield, The Register

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Cy-Hawk fanatics, and those who have no idea what the Cy-Hawk is, this one's for you.

A new documentary called "Birth of the Cy-Hawk" is premiering across the state, leading up to the football rivalry game between Iowa State University's Cyclones and the University of Iowa's Hawkeyes this Saturday.

The documentary tells the story of a group of friends who created the original Cy-Hawk Trophy to be awarded annually to the winner when Iowa and Iowa State renewed their football rivalry in 1977, director Ben Godar said.

“To me, this story of how a group of ordinary guys created the icon of the Cy-Hawk rivalry is a real piece of Iowa history,” Godar said. “There’s a lot of laughs in the film, but I hope it also gives these guys their due for creating something that is really important to the people of Iowa."

More on the Cy-Hawk series

For many Iowans, the Cy-Hawk rivalry is of significant importance. This year, for the first time, ESPN's "College GameDay" show will originate from Ames. Godar said the show is planning on doing a segment on "Birth of the Cy-Hawk."

The film includes interviews and archival footage with many people associated with the rivalry, such as former Iowa State coach Dan McCarney, former ISU athletic director Max Urick, and sportscasters Ron Gonder and Keith Murphy, Godar said.

You can watch "Birth of the Cy-Hawk" at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines or at 7 p.m. on Thursday at North Grand 5 in Ames. The film will continue to screen at North Grand 5 throughout the week.

► More: 'College GameDay' 101: Everything you need to know about ESPN's visit to Ames

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The original trophy will be at the premiere screenings. (That trophy was famously — infamously? — replaced in 2011 and immediately panned by fans chuckling at the sculpture of a farm family around a bushel of corn. The trophy was scrapped and an interim trophy substituted before that year's game. A new trophy introduced in 2012 has been used after the past seven contests.)

“The beauty of it is it started with the fans,” Urick said in a news release. “It wasn’t a couple of athletic directors getting together and saying ‘why don’t we do this?’ It started with the fans.”

If you miss your chance to watch the documentary, Godar hopes to release the film on DVD and Blu-ray next month and have it streamed later this year.

The trailer for the documentary can be viewed here.

Andrea May Sahouri covers public safety for the Des Moines Register. She can be contacted at asahouri@registermedia.com, 515-284-8247 or on Twitter at @andreamsahouri.

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