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Iowa State Fairgrounds

3000 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50317-2494
+1 800-545-3247
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An American treasure

We have been coming to the Iowa State Fair for years and now serve as information volunteers. Even... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Carole M
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Des Moines, United States
Iowa State Fair like no other

The Iowa State Fair is a must-attend for our family every year. We love the butter cow and the ag... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
joann_alumbaugh
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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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  • Very good21%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“butter cow” (83 reviews)
“fair food” (37 reviews)
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3000 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50317-2494
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Reviewed 4 days ago

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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Iowa State Fair is a must-attend for our family every year. We love the butter cow and the ag building, not to mention all the great food. I also am amazed by the number and quality of quilts on display in the upper level...More

Thank joann_alumbaugh
IowaStateFair, Guest Relations Manager at Iowa State Fairgrounds, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review of the Iowa State Fair. The quilts are a wonderful hidden gem that all Fairgoers should see. Be sure to mark your calendar for next year August 9-19, 2018, Nothing Compares to State Fair Moments.

Reviewed 25 October 2017

The Iowa State Fair had everything for everyone. Transportation away from the fair grounds is the way to go.. Buses take you right to the main gate. You will spend two days there and still not see everything.

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IowaStateFair, Guest Relations Manager at Iowa State Fairgrounds, responded to this reviewResponded 27 October 2017

Thank you for your wonderful review of the Iowa State Fair. Be sure to mark your calendar for next year, August 9-19, 2018 - Nothing Compares to State Fair Moments!

Reviewed 25 October 2017 via mobile

If you enjoy being outdoors in the summer, enjoy amusement rides, enjoy farm related things, entertainment or trying new things, visit the Iowa State Fair. 1 million people visit every year.

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IowaStateFair, Guest Relations Manager at Iowa State Fairgrounds, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2017

Thank you for the wonderful review of the Iowa State Fair. Be sure to mark your calendar for next year August 9-19, 2018 - Nothing Compares to State Fair Moments!

Reviewed 19 October 2017

Oil enjoyed working their health issues have stopped that but I would highly recommend in going there with family and friends you'll have a ball their enjoy

Thank Jeff T
IowaStateFair, Guest Relations Manager at Iowa State Fairgrounds, responded to this reviewResponded 20 October 2017

Jeff- Thank you for the great review of the Iowa State Fair, be sure to mark on your calendars for next year. August 9-19, 2018 - Nothing Compares to State Fair Moments!

Reviewed 13 October 2017

The Iowa State Fair is 11 days of entertainment, events, and fair-food - there's nothing like it! There's truly something for everyone. There's far too much to see and do to jam into one day.

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IowaStateFair, Guest Relations Manager at Iowa State Fairgrounds, responded to this reviewResponded 16 October 2017

Thank you for your wonderful review of the Iowa State Fair. Be sure to mark your calendar for next year August 9-19, 2018 - Nothing Compares to State Fair Moments.

Reviewed 5 October 2017

The Iowa state fair has been subject of at least three movies and a stage play. It is the BEST state fair in the country. I have been to others and read about many of them but you can not better the one in Des...More

Thank Gary D
IowaStateFair, Guest Relations Manager at Iowa State Fairgrounds, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2017

Gary- Thank you for the wonderful review of the Iowa State Fair. Be sure to put it on your calendar for next year August 9-19, 2018 - Nothing Compares to State Fair Moments!

Reviewed 4 October 2017

The Iowa State Fair is one of those things everyone should put on their bucket list. There is something for everyone to enjoy at the state fair. You should go!

Thank 546cindyr
IowaStateFair, Guest Relations Manager at Iowa State Fairgrounds, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2017

Thank you for your great review of the Iowa State Fair! Be sure to mark your calendar for next year August 9-19, 2018 - Nothing Compares to State Fair Moments!

Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

We enjoy going to the Iowa State Fair each summer. The live concerts, food, and other activities are definitely worth the trip. I read once that the Iowa State Fair is supposed to be the best in the U.S., and should be on everyone's bucket...More

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IowaStateFair, Guest Relations Manager at Iowa State Fairgrounds, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2017

Thank you for your wonderful review of the Iowa State Fair. We are a little biased as well as we think it is one of the best fairs in the nation with the most wonderful people. Be sure to mark your calendar for next year...More

Reviewed 3 October 2017

The best part about the state fair is the people watching. Or eating food on a stick. Try the corndog - guaranteed to be the best one you've ever had!

Thank Greengal06
IowaStateFair, Guest Relations Manager at Iowa State Fairgrounds, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2017

Thank you for your wonderful review of the Iowa State Fair! The corn dogs are quite delicious. We hope to see you next year, be sure to mark your calendars - August 9-19, 2018 - Nothing Compares to State Fair Moments!

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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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ivansG3777IT
2 April 2017|
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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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