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Iowa State Fairgrounds

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Iowa State Fair is a Must Do!

So many things to do! Great animal barns, great entertainment, and great 'fair food". This is an... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Des Moines, Iowa

Had a good trip. Was reasonably priced. The kids had a lot of fun as well. Plan to return next year.

Reviewed 2 days ago
Blakesburg, Iowa
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For 11 days in August, it’s a fairground, but for the other 354 days of the year, the Iowa State Fairgrounds is home to auto shows, livestock exhibitions, flea markets, antique shows, concerts, trade shows and more. See what’s happening this month...more
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3000 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50317-2494
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Reviewed yesterday

So many things to do! Great animal barns, great entertainment, and great 'fair food". This is an annual 'must do'.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Had a good trip. Was reasonably priced. The kids had a lot of fun as well. Plan to return next year.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank richjohns66
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

There is something about a state fair. Iowa's staye fair is not only a true food experience for the adults it is also food on a stick for the kids. Kids can also see and touch all the baby farm animals. If you time it...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Iowa State Fair is one of the nation’s best. I’ve been to the Texas and Arizona State Fairs, as well as The Orange County, CA Fair and Iowa tops them all. Bring an appetite and do some preparation beforehand to map out what you...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank markoG9963RB
Reviewed December 9, 2018

The Iowa State Fair happens once per year for ten days in August. The food will give you indigestion, but you won't be able to resist. Perhaps the one bright spot for food is the Jennie Grinder. I can never go to State Fair and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Steve L
Reviewed December 9, 2018 via mobile

Always hot temp when I go. Hope they bring back the truck and tractor pulls. Dippin dots have been gone for two years now-hope they come back. Pineapple whip is so good and refreshing.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Lurch11386
Reviewed October 31, 2018 via mobile

This place has everything. Something always going on even if it's not the actual fair. Fun to walk around off season too, many things to see. Great ingress location for extra fun too.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank bgskyman
Reviewed October 18, 2018 via mobile

First time going to the Iowa State Fair, it was enjoyable. The parking was ample and clean. Plenty of staff to direct traffic. Easy access to the entrance with rides available. The walk ways were wide and clean. Wide variety of food to try. Sweets...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank lisahP7504BK
Reviewed October 15, 2018

August may be very hot and humid in Iowa, but you must make a trip to the Iowa State Fair! It's one of the biggest state fairs in the whole United States.Great food, with new items added every year. Great concerts every year. The butter...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank AngieP1988
Reviewed October 12, 2018

The inn's personnel made this trip memorable and comfortable. This was a first time experience to the midwest and found new things which made this a big learning experience.

Date of experience: October 2018
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August 12, 2018|
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Response from Jo B | Reviewed this property |
This is true, there is water at every food vender
August 6, 2017|
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Response from IowaStateFair | Property representative |
Anne, Camping spots are limited, reach out to the the Fair directly to see if there is any availability. 515.262.3111. Thank you and we can't wait to see you here!
June 12, 2017|
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Response from IowaStateFair | Property representative |
Thank you for reaching out with your question. A Grandstand ticket for a concert during the Iowa State Fair does not include admission, however, if you purchase your admission ticket before August 10 you can receive a... More
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Columbus Hotel (1 Replies)
I am attending a horse show at the Ohio Expo Center/State Fairgrounds. I would like to know of any nice hotels in the area. I would like something fairly close and want to avoid getting stuck in traffic on my way from the hotel back to the fairgrounds. I stayed at the comfort Suites last year and it was terrible. They really let it get run down.
January 04, 2008|
Response fromRedColumbus|
the nice thing about the fairgrounds is that you're right off of I-70 so you can go north or south... I'd go south. for a nice basic hotel check out the Red Roof Inn downtown (Nationwide Blvd) or Drury Inn (also on Naationwide)... only a 10 minute drive from the fairgrounds. There's a convention center downtown so finding a room downtown can either be easy peasey or next to impossible the side bonus is, if you can get a room downtown, you'll be within walking distance of a ton of other...More
Inexpensive lodging convenient to State Fairgounds (4 Replies)
Hi. I am looking for inexpensive lodging in a 15 mile radius to the State Fairgrounds. So far my searches are tuning up terrible. Reviews for anything less than $70 a night. We need to stay for a week and cannot afford more. The trip is inrly September. Any suggestions? ThanKYou.
March 18, 2017|
Response fromgrandmalisa|
Have you tried the Extended Stay Americas at Crabtree Valley? I think it will fit your criteria.
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Ampitheatre parking? (6 Replies)
Hello, We will be travelling from Orlando to Tampa Amphitheatre at Florida State Fairgrounds for the bruce Springsteen concert on May 1st. So, is car parking easy? Is it free and how soon should I arrive? Thanks.
February 28, 2014|
Response fromjillbozz|
It is easy. Earlier you get there closer it is to park. Has always been free for concerts. Enjoy the show