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Iowa State Fair

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Address: 3000 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50317 (Formerly Iowa State Fairgrounds)
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The internationally acclaimed Iowa State Fair is the single largest event...

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.

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An Absolute Must See

The Iowa State Fair defies comparison. It's homey, safe, eclectic, upscale, traditional and immense. It's difficult to see it all in one day. There is parking on-site, but... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Des Moines, Iowa
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Des Moines, Iowa
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The Iowa State Fair defies comparison. It's homey, safe, eclectic, upscale, traditional and immense. It's difficult to see it all in one day. There is parking on-site, but attempting to secure a spot in the morning will put you in a line of cars that can stretch a mile or more. Towards the afternoon or evening lines to the parking... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I grew up going to and working at this Great Fair. I have been to fairs from Texas to GA and many others but none compare.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

No more comment needed. You can find anything and everything to eat. Some nutritious, some just sinfully delicious.

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Anaheim, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Best place to see big names in concert without paying hundreds of dollars and you get close! Best state fair in the USA. Butter cow a must see!

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

By far one of the US's better State Fairs, and with so much to see it doesn't hurt to visit more than one day. Some things aren't to be missed, take your pick of amazing food and meat can be ordered. The animals are a major highlight and competition is stiff for the biggest, best of breed and more! Decent... More 

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Food of all varieties. Free shows that highlight the best of Iowa. Car display is ok. The animal shows are amazing. Highlights are the butter cow, largest bore, and largest bull.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you're in Iowa in August then you MUST stop by this iconic fair. Deep fried for days and everythings on a stick! Including pork chops, deep fried vegetables, hot dogs, corn dogs, I could go on. One of the best state fairs in the country, make a stop and you won't regret it!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place to eat fun food, do fun activities, take the kids to see the animals, awesome concerts and drink expensive drinks but totally worth it!

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Osceola
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Absolute best state fair in the U.S. it has everything a state fair should have and more! Don't miss the Iowa State Fair!!

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Altoona, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Originally the fair grounds was used for ten days and then it sat empty the rest of the year. The Blue Ribbon Foundation and several wealthy, generous donors have remodeled several old buildings to add features and air condition them. Now there are year around events. The site is busy almost every weekend. The top draw is still the Iowa... More 

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