Fair time camping

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.

Enjoy the convenience of having the Des Moines Register delivered to your home-away-from-home during the 2018 Iowa State Fair!

Accommodations for tents can always be made if campers are not particular on placement. Tent campers follow the same procedures as other campers. Please see the non-registered camper information packet for further details.

Campgrounds Map

Registered 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.

Registered Camping Information

Non-Registered Camping

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. It is taking close to 20 years to come off of the waitlist. 

Non-Registered Camping Information

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