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Iowa State Fair, Des Moines - Family Fun This Summer!
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Iowa State Fair, Des Moines - Family Fun This Summer!

The Iowa State Fair in Des Moines is something you must include in your holiday itinerary if you’re visiting Iowa this summer from the 13th to the 23rd of August. 

The State Fair is the largest event held in the state of Iowa and is also one of the oldest.  The event attracts over a million people from countries all over the world each year who flock to enjoy the state’s celebration of its industry, entertainment, and agriculture.

If you love live music, there’s plenty to keep you tapping your toes with several free stages, and the main Grandstand featuring many different artists of all genres.  If you’re feeling competitive, there are over 45 different events you could enter catering from the youngest to the oldest.  Challenges include: chess games, tests of strength and even beard growing!

You certainly won’t go hungry during your day out with over 200 food stands to choose from offering a really diverse selection of sweet and savory refreshments to please every taste.  And don’t forget to check out the amazing ‘Butter Cow’ – a life-size cow sculpted entirely from butter!

For those who enjoy fur and feather, there are plenty of livestock exhibits to peruse.  Take in the hands-on experiences – milk a cow and even watch a litter of piglets being born!  If you like culture, there are displays and exhibitions of arts and crafts, a museum and various parades to enjoy.  And the kids will insist on an hour or two of thrills on the fairground rides.

The full program of events is finalized in late July.  You can subscribe to the event’s website and they’ll email you a full itinerary for each day of the Fair when it’s finalized.

The Iowa State Fair takes place at East 30th Street and East University Avenue, just 10 minutes east of central Des Moines.

Tickets can be reserved and collected at the Fair on the day of your visit or downloaded in advance from the website.  Full details of admissions, concessions, camping and visitor directions are all available on the Fair’s website.

If you buy your tickets early, you qualify for a 30% discount:

Adults $8

Kids $5

Kids under 5 go free!


Image source: Flickr Creative Commons


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