Fair time camping

REGISTERED CAMPING - Online advanced registration is now closed

Registered campers are those who have a permanent spot every year during the Iowa State Fair. These campers have mailed in a form to be placed on our waitlist and after many years were granted a permanent spot. 


2019 Camping Letter, Rules and Information

The Des Moines Register can be delivered to your home-away-from-home at the Iowa State Fair! For only $30, you can receive a Des Moines Register single copy subscription and a FREE commemorative 2019 Iowa State Fair mug.  Stay up-to-date with the latest national and local news as well as special Iowa State Fair coverage at your camper each morning. See the button below for subscription information.

Iowa State Fair Campgrounds and Des Moines Register Subscriber Flyer


Non-Registered campers are those that want a permanent spot, but have not received one yet. These campers will need to mail in a form every year to gain seniority. Camping at the Fair is a popular tradition for many families and some have been on the waiting list for 20 years, so please be patient! 

Fair time camping is a great way to enjoy the fun and festivities of Iowa’s biggest celebration! Every August, thousands of Fairgoers from all over the Midwest park their campers and pitch their tents during the Fair. Whether it’s a vacation or a family reunion, stop and see why Nothing Compares to the Iowa State Fair. Information for the 2019 Fair will be posted in the summer.

Accommodations for tents can always be made if campers are not particular on placement. Tent campers follow the same procedures as other campers. 

Campgrounds Map

*Questions about camping at the Fair? Email us at camping@iowastatefair.org.