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Iowa State Fairgrounds

3000 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50317-2494
+1 800-545-3247
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THE PLACE FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY

Being going to the Iowa State Fair for years. They have every thing under the sun there. Grand... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
881lizp
The food is AMAZING!

If you have not been to the Iowa State Fair put it on your bucket list. It is like no other state... read more

Reviewed 3 April 2018
St_LouisKathy
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Fenton, Missouri
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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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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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3000 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50317-2494
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Being going to the Iowa State Fair for years. They have every thing under the sun there. Grand stand, so many vendors of food (deeelicious) walking shoes are required because you will not see it all in one day. SO take your time and do...More

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Reviewed 3 April 2018

If you have not been to the Iowa State Fair put it on your bucket list. It is like no other state fair. The food is amazing. If it fits on a stick you will find it on a stick at the Iowa State Fair....More

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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

The Iowa State Fair has so much to do for everyone. The shows are great, the food is awesome, and it has a great vibe in the atmosphere throughout the fair.

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Reviewed 22 March 2018

It truly is the best state fair in the U.S.! Forget your diet on this day--eat something on a stick, have some lemonade, and share some freshly made chocolate chip cookies. Catch a free music act and wander through the Varied Industries Building. Don't forget...More

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Reviewed 5 March 2018

We have been to the Iowa State Fair many times. This last summer we had friends from New Jersey make a trip to Iowa primarily to go to the fair. They were not disappointed. The fair is one of those one of a kind experiences...More

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Reviewed 20 February 2018

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

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Reviewed 19 February 2018 via mobile

I can see why visiting Iowa State Fair ranks in the 100 things to do! The fair has everything, playland for children as well as petting "zoos", music for every age, farm animals galore for the backyard farmer, demos on all sorts of items, and...More

Thank Jo B
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Reviewed 14 February 2018

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 13 February 2018

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.

Thank JLo5424
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Reviewed 12 February 2018 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

Thank Mary P
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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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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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