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Iowa State Fair, Des Moines

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Iowa State Fair hosts one of the largest state fairs in the United States. In more than the 180 ha (445 acres) of space, you can view a variety of different exhibits and festivals, ranging from car shows and flea markets to concerts and antique shows. Just outside of the main stages, surrounded by woods and hills, the fairgrounds features 2,300 camping spots with water and electrical hookups. Pitch a tent or bring your RV, play games and have a barbecue, and join some of the most vibrant festivities in the country. To visit Iowa State Fair and other attractions in Des Moines, use our Des Moines trip itinerary maker.
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  • The Iowa State Fair defies comparison. It's homey, safe, eclectic, upscale, traditional and immense. It's difficult to see it all in one day. There is parking on-site, but attempting to secure a spot ...  more »
  • I grew up going to and working at this Great Fair. I have been to fairs from Texas to GA and many others but none compare. 
  • No more comment needed. You can find anything and everything to eat. Some nutritious, some just sinfully delicious.