When I was picking colleges, one small factor that led to me choosing to go to school in Iowa was the Iowa caucuses; I thought it would be really cool to be there for that entire process. This was in 1989, when I was about to graduate high school; I was anticipating the 1992 caucuses.
And then, when 1992 finally rolled around, Iowa's own Senator Tom Harkin ran for the Democratic nomination, which meant that the Iowa caucuses meant absolutely nothing and New Hampshire became the big prize.
My point? I don't have one, of course.