Fair time camping


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.


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! The non-registered camping form for the 2019 Fair is now available.

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

Non-registered camping form

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