Fair Time Camping

Registered Camping

Registered campers are those who have a permanent spot every year during the Iowa State Fair. Registered campers have mailed in a form to be placed on our waitlist each year and after many years of patiently waiting, they have been granted a permanent camping spot during the Fair.

Non-Registered Camping

Non-registered campers are those that want a permanent spot, but have not received one yet. These campers will need to mail in a form every year to gain seniority. Camping at the Fair is a popular tradition for many families and some have been on the waiting list for 20 years, so please be patient!

Important Information for Non-Registered Campers

Information & Camping Rules for 2023

Iowa State Fair Scooter Policy

Three to four wheeled, manual or electrically driven (at a walking pace) scooters are permitted to be used in all areas open to pedestrian use. These devices shall be single rider only devices that cannot exceed 36" wide x 52" long. Scooters are available for rental, during the fair, at Gates 8, 10, 11, 13 and 15.

Other power driven mobility devices are not permitted on the Iowa State Fairgrounds due to legitimate safety concerns. These concerns involve the risk of potential harm to the operator and others by the operation of the mobility device and have been determined by the following standards:

  • The type, size, weight, dimensions and speed of the device.
  • The Iowa State Fairgrounds volume of pedestrian traffic.
  • The Iowa State Fairgrounds design and operational characteristics.
  • Whether legitimate safety requirements can be established to permit the safe operation of the device.

    Fair time camping is a great way to enjoy the fun and festivities of Iowa’s biggest celebration! Every August, thousands of Fairgoers from all over the Midwest park their campers and pitch their tents during the Fair. Whether it’s a vacation or a family reunion, stop and see why Nothing Compares to the Iowa State Fair. Accommodations for tents can always be made if campers are not particular on placement. Tent campers follow the same procedures as other campers.

    Des Moines Register Campground Delivery

    The Des Moines Register can be found at the Iowa State Fair Campgrounds store during the 2023 Iowa State Fair, August 10-20.

    *Questions about camping at the Fair? Email us at camping@iowastatefair.org.

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