renovated grandstand

The Iowa State Fair Grandstand area is undergoing renovations for 2018, although the historic Grandstand structure will remain intact. Thanks to a generous $1 million donation from Kyle and Sharon Krause, and Kum & Go, the Blue Ribbon Foundation is able to improve the Grandstand stage. Fair fans will enjoy renovations this year including 4,000 more seats, new restrooms, and the newly named Kum & Go stage. The picture above showcases the new design.

Grandstand Tickets

iowa state fair app

Don’t want to miss any of the Iowa State Fair action? Download the new Official Iowa State Fair App to keep up with all the fun! Access the daily schedule, Grandstand shows, purchase Admission Tickets and participate in the AgVenture Photo Hunt all from your mobile device. For additional updates text FAIR to 75782 or follow us on social media – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat! Don’t forget this year’s hashtag #IowaStateFairMoments.

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FAIR AFTER DARK

In 2018, the Iowa State Fair is launching a new exclusive behind the scenes event series for Fairgoers over 21 called, Fair After Dark. The inaugural year will feature two special Fair After Dark events: Animals After Dark in the Animal Learning Center and Agriculture After Dark in the Agriculture Building.

Animals After Dark: Friday, August 10
9:00-11:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20
Get up close and personal with the Fair’s newest and cutest baby animals. Animals After Dark lets you ask your best agriculture related questions while enjoying a behind the scenes experience with a few drinks of choice.

Tickets Include:

  • VIP access to Fair icons such as baby animals and the butter cow
  • Souvenir Lighted Pint Glass
  • (2) Drink Tickets

ANIMALS AFTER DARK TICKETS


Agriculture After Dark: Thursday, August 16
9:00-11:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20
Gain access to the infamous Butter Cow cooler, create colorful works of floral art and get close to Iowa’s bee industry. Agriculture After Dark is a world tour of agriculture experienced with your friends and favorite brews.

Tickets Include:

  • VIP access to Fair icons such as baby animals and the butter cow
  • Souvenir Lighted Pint Glass
  • (2) Drink Tickets

AGRICULTURE AFTER DARK TICKETS

*Attendees must be 21 or over; no children allowed. Fair Admission is not included, but advanced admission tickets are on sale.

Farm to Fair

Have you ever wondered how your dinner got from the farm to your plate? Iowa farmers are inviting five hundred lucky people to join them at the largest dinner table ever set at the Iowa State Fair to answer the hard questions. Where do brown eggs come from and is the butter cow a dairy cow? What are GMO's and is organic really better for me? Five hundred winners will be selected through all the farmer-led organizations involved and the Iowa State Fair. 

Sunday, August 12, 2018
Noon - 2 pm
Grand Avenue

Farm To Fair is sponsored by the Iowa Beef Council, Midwest Dairy Association, Iowa Pork Producers, Iowa Corn, Iowa Egg Council, Iowa Soybean Association and the Iowa Turkey Federation.