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Iowa State Fairgrounds

E. 30th St. and University Ave., Des Moines, IA 50319
515-262-3111
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Ranked #2 of 44 Attractions in Des Moines
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks
Owner description: The internationally acclaimed Iowa State Fair is the single largest event in the state of Iowa and one of the oldest and largest agricultural and... more » Owner description: The internationally acclaimed Iowa State Fair is the single largest event in the state of Iowa and one of the oldest and largest agricultural and industrial expositions in the country. Annually attracting more than a million people from all over the world, the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines is Iowa’s great celebration, a salute to the state’s best in agriculture, industry, entertainment and achievement. It is the true heartbeat of the Midwest, unequalled and unduplicated.The Iowa State Fair, the inspiration for the original novel “State Fair” by Iowan Phil Stong, three motion pictures and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway musical, is without a doubt the country’s most famous state fair. National media frequently rank the Fair as one of the top events in the country. In 2004, USA Weekend named the event the #2 choice for summer fun in America, topping New York City’s Times Square, Cedar Point Amusement Park Resort in Ohio and Disneyland in California. Midwest Living magazine named the Fair one of the “Top 30 Things Every Midwesterner Should Experience.” The Fair is also included in the New York Times best-selling travel book 1000 Places to See Before You Die and the subsequent travel book, 1,000 Places to See in the U.S.A. and Canada Before you Die. Join us August 7-17, 2014. « less
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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

So much to see and EAT!!! I think we never stopped eating! Keep those jalopeno corn dogs coming!! And how about the red velvet funnel cakes? Loved it all!

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Dubuque, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

We took our nine year old son to the State Fair for the first time this year. He said it was like being at Disneyland but more people. We enjoyed all the different food that was available. We rode the chair lifts to the far end of the fair to save on walking. My husband and I went to the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014 via mobile

The foundation for the fair had the best prices on their water and on their rice crispy on the stick!

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I was there for the Iowa State Fair. I am not sure why they allow the farmers to basically have little parties going on in the cow and horse barns. We had to walk around the party guests to get through the barns. I was also saddened by seeing a cow with an injury to its tail (skin removed at... More

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Burlington, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The fair was great this year. The weather cooperated and that was a plus. It has gotten to be that you are unable to see it all in one day.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We have the best State Fair in the Nation. It is easy to take advantage of early discount tickets for entry. The bus shuttles run from free parking locations so there is no need to drive and park at the fair. There are many free stages offering entertainment as well as big name bands and entertainment. There are food/beverage choices... More

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Oregon City, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

SO amazing ! I have never been to a fair this fabulous before ---- this made Disneyland seem small. Had such a wonder filled time, and the food....no words to describe!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This is something you have to see to believe, particularly if you are not from a rural background. You will wander around in wide eye amazement! From the butter cow to the prized hog, there is nothing average about this fair.

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Niceville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

I LOVE everything about the Iowa State Fair from all the farm animals to the 4-H to the free entertainment to all the food on a stick. It's a great place to people watch.

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Palm Springs, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

This was my 3rd trip to the Iowa State Fair and it continues to amaze me. There is so much to see and eat. The animal barns are the best and most interesting. If ever you are in Des Moines in August, go to the Fair!

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