Iowa State Fair

How Do You Fair?

Where there is eleven days to do, eat and see everything at the Iowa State Fair.

From the food, to the games, rides and competitions… How Do You Fair?

August 12-22, 2021

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The excitement is just beginning

The internationally acclaimed Iowa State Fair is the single largest event in the state of Iowa and one of the oldest and largest agricultural and industrial expositions in the country. Annually attracting more than a million people from all over the world, the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines is Iowa’s great celebration, a salute to the state’s best in agriculture, industry, entertainment and achievement.

Iowa State Fair Grandstand


Iowa State Fair Grandstand presented by Homemakers Furniture on the Kum & Go Stage

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The Way We Live Award

The Way We Live Award

Nominate a hard-working farm family for The Way We Live Award.

Nomination Form

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Admission and More On Sale

Plan your visit to the Iowa State Fair now! Buy Advanced admission, Grandstand tickets, Giant Slide and Ye Old Mill tickets and Cookie Coupons today!

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Camping at the Fair


Learn more information about camping at the Iowa State Fair Campgrounds! Info can be found for camping during Fair time and non-Fair time.

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Contests, livestock shows, volunteering, talent shows and more - how will you participate?


The Iowa State Fair is YOUR Fair, and you can be involved! Showcase your talent with contests, livestock, commercial spaces, volunteering and talent shows.


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Safety Updates

For safety updates and up-to-date COVID-19 information, check out what the Iowa State Fair is doing to help protect you.

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Fair Merchandise

You can get your favorite Iowa State Fair souvenirs from the Blue Ribbon Foundation's Online Store. With traditional Fair collectibles and apparel items such as sweatshirts, hats and more, there's something for everybody.

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Iowa State Fairgrounds

Year Round Events

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.

Fairgrounds Event Calendar

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