Iowa State Fair





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What's New

Find out what's new and exciting at the Iowa State Fair.

Sensory-Friendly Morning

The lights and sounds of the Iowa State Fair will be a little lower on Wednesday, August 17, 2022 for the first ever Sensory-Friendly Morning at the Fair, presented by ChildServe. With thousands of things to do, see or eat, the Fair might seem a bit overstimulating to some, so we are bringing it down a notch or two for a morning.

At the Sensory-Friendly Morning, we will create an environment designed with children and adults with autism or sensory processing disorders in mind. Our goal for the morning is to enable families who have a member, whether child or adult, with special needs to visit, explore and enjoy the Fair.

Special sensory programming is planned with modifications in certain zones of the Fairgrounds. A Calming Room, sponsored by ChildServe, will also be open to anyone that needs a little time to recharge or destress. The event includes the mitigation of sounds and motions as much as possible, designated educational areas, directional signage and trained volunteers.

Sensory-Friendly Morning Guide

Farm to Fair

If you've ever wondered how your food gets from the farm to your dinner table, you can find out on Tuesday, August 16, 2022, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Iowa State Fair. Join Iowa farmers for conversations to answer questions about food, family and farming while you enjoy a special three course meal from local foods grown by Iowa's farmers.

Iowa State Fair Farm to Fair Dinner Menu:


Turkey poppers

Corn dip

Cheesy peasy deviled eggs

Main course

Lemon garlic grilled beef tri-tip

Edamame and calico beans

Pork harvest kabobs


Peach ice cream

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

NEW Alliant Energy Landing

Deadline to enter is Monday, July 18, 2022

Tell us why you want a seat at the table by July 18, 2022. Fair Admission is included and 100 lucky winners will be selected at random to win a pair of tickets each.

(1 being none and ten being expert)

Crystal Dish Sponsor

Midwest Dairy

Golden Plate Sponsor

Iowa Beef Industry Council

Bronze Fork Sponsor

Iowa Pork Producers Association

Iowa Soybean Association

Silver Spoon Sponsor

Iowa Corn

Iowa Egg Council

Iowa Turkey Federation