New Thrills at the 2017 Iowa State Fair
Monday, July 24, 2017 Des Moines, IA
The Iowa State Fair Butter Cow started in 1911 and for many years she has shared her cooler space with various public figures including; Elvis Presley, Harry Potter and in 2016 a tribute to Star Trek.
Iowa State Thrill Parks officially opens in 16 days. From state-of-the-art reloadable digital wristbands to super spectacular one of a kind rides, you won’t want to miss Iowa State Thrill Parks: Thrill Ville, Thrill Town and Thrill Zone in 2017.
- Opening Ceremonies will take place at 9:00 a.m. in front of Thrill Ville on Grand Ave.
Heroes’ Day celebrates EMTs, fire and rescue personnel, policemen and paramedics opening day of the Iowa State Fair Thursday, August 10. Special displays will be on Grand Avenue and the Governor’s Lifesaving Awards and Outstanding Service Awards will be presented at the Susan Knapp Amphitheater sponsored by Coors Light with media sponsor KDSM Fox 17 at 10:00 a.m. Thank you to all our heroes in police, fire, rescue and emergency response.
Ketchup with your closest comrades Saturday, August 12 for the nationally acclaimed Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Regional Contest. The top male and top female finishers will relish in their victory and be invited to compete in the National Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest on July 4, 2018, enter online today bit.ly/2tkbvWl. Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs will be providing hot dog samples north of the Susan Knapp Amphitheater Stage August 11 – 13 sponsored by Coors Light with media sponsor KSDM Fox 17.
A tribute to those who have served, those who do serve and those who will serve, watch as the Spirit of Iowa bell is cast and unveiled on the Fairgrounds to raise awareness about veteran’s needs. From August 12-14 the bell will be created and the completed bell will be showcased in the Veteran’s Day Parade on August 14th.
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Just posted online, the 2017 Daily Program is an interactive online list of everything happening at the Fair. Sort by date, location, keywords and more, you can even customize your own personal itinerary and print it or use their mobile device. Visit our website at iowastatefair.org/entertainment/fair-schedule/ for a full list of daily activities.