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Iowa State Fairgrounds

3000 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50317-2494
+1 800-545-3247
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Iowa State Fait

The Iowa state Fair is always a great place to visit. Buy your tickets ahead of time for a nice... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Steelheartdgyrl
via mobile
A must

There are so many things to do and see you need more than a day to really enjoy this. The buildings... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Tiffinie D
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Lovilia, Iowa
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good21%
  • Average6%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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“butter cow” (77 reviews)
“fair food” (34 reviews)
“iowa state” (75 reviews)
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Hours Today: 07:00 - 01:00
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3000 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50317-2494
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+1 800-545-3247
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The Iowa state Fair is always a great place to visit. Buy your tickets ahead of time for a nice discount. Pack for the weather, bring your own water and carry a bag or back pack for shoppers. The state fair is an all day...More

Thank Steelheartdgyrl
Reviewed 1 week ago

There are so many things to do and see you need more than a day to really enjoy this. The buildings are full of items that people in the area have worked hard on to make it to this event. My favorite must see every...More

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

Tiffinie- Thank you for your wonderful review! We can't wait to see you soon in 82 days!

Reviewed 11 April 2017

...and year round activities.Constantly being upgraded & improved. Great facilities. My personal fave is the Fabrics & Threads exhibit. It showcases hundreds of quilts along with other needle crafts.

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

Thank you for your review. Get excited for this year as we will showcase our new Thrill Parks, which will feature new rides that everyone will love!

Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

ISF is one of my favorite things to do every single year!!! Entertainment, food, drinks, more food, laughter, fun...I could go on and on. Can't wait for Iowa State Fair 2017!

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

Danelle- Thank you for the review. You will only have to wait #118 more days! "Nothing Compares to State Fair Thrills."

Reviewed 11 April 2017

Just a leisurely stroll through the grounds to see what you want, eat what you want, do what you want.

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

Tim, Thank you for your review. The Iowa State Fair will soon be upon us! Be sure to stop by August 10-20, 2017!

Reviewed 11 April 2017

The fairgrounds are lovely and it is nice to just drive down and park somewhere, then just walk around and look. While it is great during the fair, it is also very nice when it's quiet!

Thank KMS07
IowaStateFair, Guest Relations Manager at Iowa State Fairgrounds, responded to this review

Thank you for the review! Spring is here, and it is a wonderful time to take a walk at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

Reviewed 3 April 2017

We love visiting the fairgrounds for the Iowa State Fair every August. It's become a family tradition that our girls will not miss. So much to see, do and EAT!

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

Thank you for the AWESOME review. "Nothing Compares" to State Fair Thrills, August 10-20, 2017. Be sure to come hungry to try our thrilling new foods! We will see you in 124 days!

Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

We like to catch the concerts at the Grandstand every summer. Before hand, we go early to walk through the 4H exhibits and show cattle. We especially like to go see the Butter Cow and get a free egg on a stick. Lots of things...More

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

Cheryl, Thank you for your review! You will only have to wait 131 more days until you can see the beloved Butter Cow again!

Reviewed 25 March 2017

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...More

Thank shawnarenee37
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!

Reviewed 14 March 2017

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...More

Thank Linda M
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!

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ivansG3777IT
we are making plans to attend the World Percheron Congress Oct 8th-13th,2018-and would appreciate any suggestions i.e. lodging 'things to do' not show related?? We live Boissevain MB Canada
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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Allison R
Is 2.5 days a nice amount of time to spend at the Iowa State Fair? Also, what's the closest hotel/motel and would we need to rent a car or could we uber or take public transport (assuming we are flying in only to go to the fair)? Finally, how crowded is it? The photos on the website make the crowds look somewhat daunting. Thanks in advance!
2 January 2017|
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Response from JAMESknoxville | Reviewed this property |
You can experience a great deal in 2 1/2 days. It takes one day just to navigate the grounds and the others can be used to view/participate in activities of specific interest. I am 68 and have only missed 5 fairs. We camp... More
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Hank1rider
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Response from hacwynja | Reviewed this property |
August 11 thru August 21, 2016
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