The Fair's mission is to celebrate Iowa’s agricultural heritage by providing a quality environment and facilities to further education and to offer entertainment and competition for all ages. Offer opportunities for individual growth for all involved. We take safety very seriously at the Fair and strive to provide a family friendly, safe and healthy environment.

Through multiple channels, we work to monitor and communicate the latest issues in a timely manner. The Iowa State Fair is proud to partner with the Iowa State Patrol, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and the Des Moines Police Department to provide public safety. Please call 800/545-FAIR or email with questions.

2019 Iowa State Fair Accessibility Guide


Weapons of any kind are not permitted on the Fairgrounds. Firearms are prohibited on the Iowa State Fairgrounds with or without a valid Iowa permit to carry unless authorized by the Fair Board, as per Iowa Code. Failure to comply with this rule shall be cause for being expelled from the Fairgrounds and/or being charged under Iowa Code.

Bag Searches

The Iowa State Fair reserves the right to search all bags, backpacks, coolers, purses, containers etc. upon entry to the Fair and upon request while on the Fairgrounds. Refusal to comply will result in denied entry. There will be additional bag searches upon entering main gates and the Grandstand.

Severe Weather Policy

Fairgoers may get general Fair alerts at ‘FAIR’ to 75782.

A severe weather announcement will be communicated over the grounds wide paging system alerting fair patrons to seek cover in the nearest building. The announcement will be repeated every two minutes.

Grandstand Severe Weather

If eminent weather is forecast, evident or indicated by Doppler radar or issued by the National Weather Service an announcement will be made to the attendants. This may delay the event start or require temporary relocation by Grandstand event staff.

Lost Children

Lost children or lost people should be taken to the Hall of Law – Iowa State Patrol Booth, located underneath the grandstand, until midnight. Paging is done from the Hall of Law from 9 a.m. to midnight; it is only available for lost children, senior citizens or medical emergencies. “Kid Find” wristbands will be available at the Hall of Law at the star 102.5 booth at the west end of the Grandstand. Wristbands sponsored by STAR 102.5 and Mercy Children’s Hospital and Clinics.

First Aid

The Hy-Vee Health and First Aid Center is located east of the John Deere Agriculture Building, and a satellite station is located at the Robert G. Horner & Sheri Avis Horner Service Center. Locations are staffed by Des Moines Fire and Rescue.

Grandstand Security

All bags and backpacks are subject to search upon entry to the Grandstand. Refusal to comply will result in denied entry. Prohibited items include: weapons of any kind; bottles, cans, coolers; video or tape recorders (still photos may be taken at the discretion of the performer).


During the Fair, the Fair does not provide space for meet and greets, campaign rallies, fundraisers or other political events. Political signs and picketing are allowed only in designated areas.

Thank you for your cooperation and see you at the Fair!