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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. To visit Iowa State Fairgrounds and other attractions in Des Moines, use our Des Moines trip itinerary maker.
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  • Very interesting architecture and a beautiful park-like setting made this one of the neatest fairgrounds I've visited. I was there for the National Junior Angus Show, but would love to visit during th...  more »
  • Growing up in Iowa there is nothing like the Iowa State fair to close out the summer. The history and the way it feels like home. Iowans are great. How can the Iowa State Fair not be amazing with all ...  more »
  • This is a must see when it's going on there's fun for about everyone. Good food for days. So much stuff to watch to bands to people making art.  more »
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  • World Pork Expo was a great event. People so nice and weather ended up being perfect for us. Very organized and well ran event. Would go back for sure.
  • Iowa put together a Blue Ribbon Commity a while ago,and has gotten a lot of money from it to keep the buildings in good shape,and it's not permanent so while the fair is not going on there is a lot of room for other stuff
  • This place is awesome. The best place to have a car show. Thanks Goodguys.
  • Went to Good Guys 2017. It was amazing. A must-see for everyone!
  • Nice area for agri enthusiast & farmers. I enjoy the free food they serve. Also, USDA invited us to one farm .

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