The 2018 Iowa State Fair, Nothing Compares to State Fair MOMENTS is set for August 9-19 in Des Moines, Iowa.


For safety purposes, members of the press should request media credentials. This allows our public safety, volunteers, and other employees the ability to know that you are approved for interviews, photographs, and video production. Admission passes and parking passes are available on a limited basis. All credentialed media have access to the air-conditioned media room located in the Administration building and open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily during the Fair. Internet access, computer hook ups, electricity, desk space, news releases and restrooms are available. 

No filming, taping, photography or recording of any Grandstand show or event without prior consent and agreement. Requests for backstage or photo passes and/or reviewer seats are referred to the artist's management and/or label. Approved photos of Grandstand performances are available from the Iowa State Fair upon request at at least 48 hours prior to the show. 

Sorry our media credentials request period has closed, but you can still purchase advanced admission tickets for a discount.

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