The Iowa State Fair annually attracts a million visitors - more than any other single event in Iowa - and is one of the oldest agricultural and industrial expositions in the nation. The development of the Fair, first held in Fairfield, Iowa, in 1854, is a series of historic comparisons. It has grown from a six-acre tract of land to a more than 400-acre Fairgrounds (including a rolling green campground); from a first Fair attendance of 10,000 to more than 1 million; from a three-day event to an eleven-day spectacular; from a local livestock show to some of the world’s largest livestock exhibitions, offering hundreds of thousands of dollars in premiums.

Upcoming Fair Dates

YearFair Dates
2018 Aug 9-19
2019 Aug 8-18
2020 Aug 13-23
2021 Aug 12-22
YearAttendance
2008 1,003,000
2009 1,006,501
2010 967,381
2011 1,080,959
2012 1,097,142
2013 1,047,246
2014 1,015,902
2015 1,117,398
2016 1,031,278
2017 1,130,071