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Iowa State Fairgrounds

3000 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50317-2494
+1 800-545-3247
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It is said that the Iowa State Fair is the 10th wonder of the world - ok it was Dad who said it... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
scottaC4218ND
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Ottumwa, Iowa
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I've lived in Iowa most my life...when little went to the Fair.....Grown up now won't...Rude... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Rex Z
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Des Moines, 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 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.
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  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
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3000 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50317-2494
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Reviewed 5 days ago

It is said that the Iowa State Fair is the 10th wonder of the world - ok it was Dad who said it, but I agree with him! Ah, the smell of corn dogs, cotton candy, Gyros, Guinnea Grinders, mammoth turkey legs, blooming onions, and...More

Thank scottaC4218ND
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I've lived in Iowa most my life...when little went to the Fair.....Grown up now won't...Rude people, that want to drink over priced, warm beer and create violent situations that affects too many other people...Never, Never go to the East Side Night that they created, Unless...More

Thank Rex Z
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Did not make a special trip just for the fair but saw a commercial advertising the event. Decided to take the time and really glad I did.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I grew up going to the Indiana State Fair and continued to take my children all the years they were at home. Moved to Iowa in 2011 and haven't missed a year of the Fair since 2012!! It is almost as great as Indiana! If...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The iowa state fair management has decided to exclude horse competitions from Jacobson arena except from August to October. Funds were raised for the Jacobson facility to be a horse and livestock facility. Now after the namesake, Mr. Jacobson has passed, they are eliminating horse...More

Thank Kim H
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Reviewed 29 December 2017

The Iowa State Fair is really fun. Great fair food, lots of exhibits, good concerts, lots of animals to look at, everything a state fair should be.

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Reviewed 22 December 2017 via mobile

The Iowa State Fair is a huge Iowa event. Many people, like us, go every year. But if you're not from Iowa, come check it out. The gate admission is only $12 and includes a lot of free entertainment. Food is expensive but if you...More

Thank Amy W
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Reviewed 22 December 2017

We have been going to the fair since the late 60's and every year there are new and great foods and live acts. You will not leave hungry or unhappy with the attractions!

Thank Toby N
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Reviewed 11 December 2017 via mobile

The Iowa State Fair which usually occurs in August every year is the Pinnacle of Iowa tradition. Every year hundreds of thousands of people go to the State Fair it's on for about 10 days and usually tops 1 million visitors. If you're a foodie...More

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Reviewed 6 December 2017

We have been coming to the Iowa State Fair for years and now serve as information volunteers. Even though the attractions seem to stay the same year after year, there are changes that make it worth seeing each year. When in Des Moines in mid-August...More

Thank Carole M
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Anne T
7 August 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
12 June 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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Response from IowaStateFair | Property representative |
The activities listed above are great attractions for the Des Moines area. In your inbox you will have a contact to assist you with lodging for the event. We can't wait to see you!
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