Opening Day

Opening Day

The Fair kicks off 11 days of excitement with special activities and discounts on Opening Day, August 7.

Opening Day Discount & Cash Prizes

On Opening Day of the Iowa State Fair, August 7, Fairgoers can enjoy $5 off adult and $2 off child admission from 5 a.m. to Noon with a coupon from the August 3 Des Moines Sunday Register. One coupon per person is required at the gate.

Visitors (ages 21 and older) can collect a coupon good for one free play in the All or Nothing™ lotto game courtesy of the Iowa Lottery, the Fair’s Opening Day sponsor. Coupons will be available at gates 4, 8, 11 and 15 (while supplies last).

The Iowa Lottery is also offering Fairgoers the chance to win one of 10 cash prizes and two prize packages to see Grammy Award-winning country trio Lady Antebellum in the Grandstand on August 16. The contests will be open from 5 to 9 a.m. on Expo Hill. Van and Bonnie from WHO NewsRadio 1040 will also be broadcasting live and will help the lottery announce the winners. Opening Ceremonies will begin at 9 a.m.

The Red Trouser Show will begin at Noon on Expo Hill and will entertain Fairgoers of all ages with feats of strength and acrobatics. Other Opening Day activities include free performances by The Willis Clan, Winger, Vocal Trash, Los Lonely Boys and Kristian Bush, plus The Newsboys with special guest Matthew West on the Grandstand. Fairgoers can also enjoy the Twins, Triplets and More Contest, the Big Ram, Big Boar and Super Bull contests, plus all the delectable foods and the non-stop fun that await first day attendees.