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Iowa State Fairgrounds

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Address: 3000 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50317-2494
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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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This was our very first visit. It was amazing. Everyone was nice and helpful. Great food and anything you can imagine to eat. My favorite was the bucket of chocolate chip cookies... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
shawnarenee37
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West Des Moines, Iowa
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West Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was our very first visit. It was amazing. Everyone was nice and helpful. Great food and anything you can imagine to eat. My favorite was the bucket of chocolate chip cookies. There were exhibits and animals and lots of rides. Lots and lots to see and do. Well worth the money

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IowaStateFair, Guest Relations Manager at Iowa State Fairgrounds, responded to this review

Thank you for the wonderful review. The bucket of chocolate chip cookies are a long standing tradition! We hope to see you this year, August 10-20, 2017! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Iowa State Fair is among the best of state fairs in the country. It is large, diverse, clean, has lots of animals for kids to see, and has oodles of yummy foods - such as fresh squeezed lemondade, homemade taffy, roasted turkey legs, fried twinkies, warm mini donuts (a must have), BBQ, and so much more. There is an... More 

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IowaStateFair, Guest Relations Manager at Iowa State Fairgrounds, responded to this review

Wow, thank you for the wonderful review! You covered so many exciting activities for all ages. The fair will be here before we know it, August 10-20, 2017. See you then! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lots of food, fun and surprises! Not to expensive and a real family fun! Lots of food many displays and good concerts!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We decided to go to the fair and take Grandchildren and friends to the state Fair we give them the choice of which food stand to go to but there were so many food. Vendsers that.we finnaly chose one that served several different choices and that was the Iowa pork booth everyone had something different but we weren't disappointed it... More 

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IowaStateFair, Guest Relations Manager at Iowa State Fairgrounds, responded to this review

The Iowa State Fair will be here before we know it, August 10-20, 2017. Be sure to bring your grandchildren to experience the new Thrill Parks this year! More 

Hudson, IA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Fairgrounds haven't really changed for years and that's what I like about the place...brings back good memories. The Good-Guys Car Show, Horse Shows, Auto Swapmeets, and local gunshows are events we regularly attend there

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IowaStateFair, Marketing Content Coordinator at Iowa State Fairgrounds, responded to this review

The Iowa State Fairgrounds is a great place to have year-around shows. We are glad that you enjoy the shows and regularly attend! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had fun nice people relaxing and a friend of mine bought a " Mini horse" ! Had a fantastic day of fun.

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IowaStateFair, Marketing Content Coordinator at Iowa State Fairgrounds, responded to this review

The Iowa State Fair is known for FUN! We are delighted that you had a wonderful time with your friends. Can't wait to see you this year, August 10-20. More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a wonderful fairgrounds! Lots of historic areas, plenty of walking areas and when there's a cattle show some great restaurants are open too. This is one of our favorite show sites.

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IowaStateFair, Content Coordinator at Iowa State Fairgrounds, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are glad that you enjoy the wonderful shows! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

The Iowa State Fair is the best summer activity that I can think of. There is food for any craving that you could have.

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IowaStateFair, Marketing Coordinator at Iowa State Fairgrounds, responded to this review

Thank you for your 5 star review! We are getting hungry just thinking about all of the foods on a stick! Hope to see you again. More 

Houston, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

Great facility for many events. During the Iowa State Fair it really shines. Some of their buildings are available for use year around.

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IowaStateFair, Guest Relations Manager at Iowa State Fairgrounds, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We are 155 days out, we hope to see you there! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

There is something of interest for anyone and everyone ... the best of midwest hospitality pride ... clearly a great asset for the USA!!!

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IowaStateFair, Guest Relations Manager at Iowa State Fairgrounds, responded to this review

The Iowa State Fair is one of the oldest and largest agricultural and industrial expositions in the country! We agree, there are TONS of activities for everyone! We hope to see you this year, August 10-20. More 

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