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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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  • Great place to have the largest antique truck show Yet!! Great accommodations,showers in campground on the hill. We Really enjoyed our time there!!  more »
  • We went to an RV show here in the spring. Free parking, plenty of space. Nice area for the large RVs and boats that we saw. Clean grounds. Friendly staffers. Marcydiner tantrum scale of 5/5-no screami...  more »
  • We love the fairgrounds for several events! We have been to numerous things here. Our favorites are the annual doll show & of course the Iowa State Fair!!!!  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.
  • My family has gone for decades... we camp every year and I have many friends that I have just met up there and only see them for the 2 weeks we camp there. It is amazing, fun atmosphere, child friendly (most of the time).
  • Good place to rent for your event, but not too fancy, have to do your own decorations, just a building
  • This is the Cheetos Mac and Cheese and the fries they served us today. I recommend driving on by!
  • Horse Expo, Flea Market & Volleyball Tournament (along with rain & parking lot construction)made parking tough but all the events were amazing!