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Iowa State Fairgrounds

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Great fair definitely worth visiting

This year was at least the third time we’ve made the three-plus hour trek from Kansas City to this... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Dmarkwind
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Kansas City, Missouri
Great family fun

Great way to experience Iowa. The Animal Learning Center is a great addition and a wonderful... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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 1 week ago

This year was at least the third time we’ve made the three-plus hour trek from Kansas City to this fair. Each time, it’s been on a Sunday,, and we had to drive back that evening to get to work the next day. It’s worth the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great way to experience Iowa. The Animal Learning Center is a great addition and a wonderful learning experience!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm going to try to keep this simple and to the point! The fair is expensive, you have to pay to get there. You have three options when it comes to getting there you can pay to park at the fair which is crazy expensive...More

Thank Tim V
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came to the fair to see the 2018 cowgirl queen coordination and was surprised at how expensive the food was at the fair. We really didn't get much chance to walk around since we only got their in time for this event. Need to...More

Thank tamaram651
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My advice is to buy an admission ticket early, at reduces rate. Show your admission ticket to the bus gate keeper, You will get a half price ride on the DART bus. Enjoy a no stress ride in a clean comfortable bus with a safety...More

Thank Eric R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Took the family out to the State Fair and loved a lot of the changes they have made. In addition to building improvements one of the biggest hits for our family was the way the Midways were laid out. Since we have a younger grandchild...More

Thank Willy46
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The song from the movie keeps popping into my head. The Iowa State Fair is a "great state fair, don't miss it, don't even be late." It was so much fun spending the day at the Fair. So much to see from the animal barns,...More

Thank lost_in_itasca
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The annual State Fair is one of the biggest States Fairs and we really enjoyed it. Lots to see. Great venue.

Thank Garry M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What an amazing time. This was our first ever visit to the state fair and we will be returning. Awesome selection of food vendors with plenty of different options to choose from. The "Butter Cow" display was amazing. There were more things to see and...More

Thank Lonnie H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

People watching, pork chop on a stick, corn dogs, grandstand shows, free entertainment, arts & crafts, businesses selling things. Off-season they have shows and other attractions.

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mailtolass
August 12, 2018|
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Response from Jo B | Reviewed this property |
This is true, there is water at every food vender
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Anne T
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!
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hbtrp2014
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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