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Iowa State Fairgrounds, Des Moines

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Iowa State Fairgrounds 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. Our Des Moines travel route website makes visiting Iowa State Fairgrounds and other Des Moines attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • The iowa state fair management has decided to exclude horse competitions from Jacobson arena except from August to October. Funds were raised for the Jacobson facility to be a horse and livestock faci...  more »
  • The Iowa State Fair is really fun. Great fair food, lots of exhibits, good concerts, lots of animals to look at, everything a state fair should be.  more »
  • The Iowa State Fair is a huge Iowa event. Many people, like us, go every year. But if you're not from Iowa, come check it out. The gate admission is only $12 and includes a lot of free entertainment. ...  more »
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  • 1 million people annually tell you that there really is something for everyone. There are 4 stages that offer free entertainment through each day and a grandstand that brings in national touring acts. Check out the many rides, walk through the cultural center and take in the doll house or wood carving competition, go see the life size cow sculpted from butter, see how many different fruits and vegetables you can name and see some great fairy garden competition in the agricultural building. Marvel at the super bull and largest boar or wander through the horse barn and watch draft horse teams prep for evening competition. Find a new recipe for pound cake or how to best decorate a gingerbread house in the food building. Check out hundreds of quilts submitted for competition. Eat one of scores of foods offered on a stick. Your experience is up to you.
  • We live across the street from the IA State Fairgrounds. I love attending many of the events that they have there all year. But our family and neighbors REALLY LOVE the IOWA STATE FAIR! We've met people from all over the world who park on our street. We've become longtime friends with many of our "parkers"
  • To the fair all day and a concert at night had a great time first time I've been and I've lived here 19 years and I missed a lot of fun
  • This is a must for first timers. There are all varieties of events, activities, food, shows, vendors and people. As the modo says: Nothing Compares. I've been going to the fair since I could ever remember. It's always something fun to do just before school starts. The staff and volunteers always put on the best ideas and creative themes each and every year. No other fair comes close to the value of the Iowa State Fair! It's even worth going for more than one day if you've never been! My favorite highlight for first timers is the animal shows and Varied Arts building.
  • I like it. It is very fun. They have great food but they are very pricey and they have the same things every year. They need to switch it up a little bit.

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