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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 Horse Fair at Fairgrounds

We visit the Iowa State Fairgrounds every year for the Iowa Horse Fair. Great food offered... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Susan W
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Genoa, Wisconsin
Fantastic place to be

It is so much fun to look at all the sights and sounds of the fair. People watching is fun. Love... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Janet W
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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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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 days ago

We visit the Iowa State Fairgrounds every year for the Iowa Horse Fair. Great food offered throughout the fairgrounds and easy parking.

Thank Susan W
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Reviewed 3 days ago

It is so much fun to look at all the sights and sounds of the fair. People watching is fun. Love the photography display in the cultural center. Kids love the animals. Many free things to do. And you can't leave out the food -...More

Thank Janet W
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The Iowa State Fairgrounds is an Icon in the midwest, with multiple events held there, in addition to the marvelous Iowa State Fair. A must see.

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Reviewed 3 days ago

everyone should go to the iowa state fair at least once in their lifetime!the food,the shows,the livestock and of course people watching

Thank jim t
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Reviewed 28 April 2018

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

Thank 881lizp
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Reviewed 2 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.

Thank SandeeAndy
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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

Thank SmallTownBigLife
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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

Thank scottaC4218ND
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Anne T
6 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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