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“Iowa State Fair” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Iowa State Fairgrounds

Iowa State Fairgrounds
E. 30th St. and University Ave., Des Moines, IA 50319
515-262-3111
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Ranked #1 of 29 Activities in Des Moines
Type: State Parks, Amusement
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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.
Des Moines, Iowa
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“Iowa State Fair”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

Fun for all ages, great food, and attractions. I can never eat enough in one trip. There are tons of great food stands to try. My kids really like the animals and the rides.

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Brooklyn, Iowa
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“Iowa State Fair is Great!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

Something for everyone. Great for kids. Educational and fun. All kinds of animals, shows, exhibits, midway, grandstand events, and FOOD! Some amazing food you can only get at the Iowa State Fair.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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“A Glutton's Paradise!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

The Iowa State Fairgrounds has so many attractions that you need to set aside one or two days to take it all in. Concerts, carnival rides and games, horse shows, beer tents & margaritas galore! Buildings full of local and out of state vendors that will sell you items from quilts to tractors. Clowns on parade and cotton candy, cow chip tossing contest, I could go on forever! But oh my gosh, the food! There is so much food there it would make your head spinI My advice is to go there hungry and forget about your diet since you'll be tempted by tasty treats, such as, smoked turkey legs, pork chops, corn dogs, desserts, a huge variety of food on a stick and my favorite, nachos from Jalepeno Pete's. There's more than just eating and playing here, check out the history of the Iowa State Fair and you'll find it truly interesting!

Visited August 2012
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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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“IA Horse Fair”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

Attended the event as a vendor. Nice grounds and clean facilities. Seem to have good security. Concession food was OK.

Visited April 2013
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Des Moines, Iowa
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“On the must see list for a reason”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

If you have never been to the Iowa State Fair you are missing out on the Best fair in the world. I have been to many fesitvals and fairs all over the U.S. and Europe and NOTHING compares to the Iowa State Fair. So many Big name artist giving "FREE" concerts, the vast array of foods and so much more ... Just GO!

Visited August 2012
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