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“Its the IOWA State Fair!!”

Iowa State Fairgrounds
Ranked #2 of 70 things to do in Des Moines
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Owner description: 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 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.
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“Its the IOWA State Fair!!”
Reviewed January 21, 2013

You pass hundreds of thousands of people at the Fair, but not one of them will give you that "who are YOU?" look whether you are wearing a suit or a ripped up tee with a bunch of tats. This is the true "country fair" type of atmosphere where you will meet and chat with complete strangers from all over the world. And you may just see that girl from high school that hasn't changed a bit. That is why I love the ISF. But the final reason is that it is now a family tradition that has us all grabbing a rug and sliding down the biggest slide EVER with 'whoops" and "Weeees" to the smile you can't get off your face!

Visited August 2012
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Sigourney, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Best state fair in the USA....”
Reviewed January 18, 2013

It has everything a person would want to see and experience in a day or week...Wonderful time...You have so many different areas....Agriculture & animals...4-H building that is the best for our IA youth...Several stages with free entertainment...Many art & cultural areas..many & much more to see...

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Rockford, Illinois
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57 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Always enjoy the state fair”
Reviewed January 9, 2013

I live in Illinois but enjoy visiting the Iowa state fair. There have been some changes over the years and it just gets bigger and better. I always like to ride the Old Mill when I am there. It was an old ride when I was a little kid over forty years ago and brings back great childhood memories. I also like to get the Pineapple Whip cone when I'm there because it was my mothers favorite thing to eat at the fair. There is so much to see that you will probably wear out before you see everything.

Visited August 2012
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Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“FAIR”
Reviewed January 2, 2013

its the iowa state fair grounds enough said enjoy the the fair and other events take place here as well

Visited August 2012
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Grinnell, Iowa, United States
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3 reviews
“Great fun”
Reviewed December 30, 2012

Prize-winning fowl, livestock and farm produce, wonderful learning-experience about this important aspect of American production. Bargain artisan products (cosmetics, apparel, quality farm produce); dazzling craft-exhibitions. Given the scope of this Fair the organizers do an incredible job with faultless schedules of events, directions to venues. Impressive and unmissable for visitors to the mid-West.

Visited July 2012
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