Iowa State Fair

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Iowa State Fair History

Ever since 1854, the Iowa State Fair has been going on in Des Moines, Iowa, making it one of the biggest events in the state every single year as culture and music mix in a unique festival that always has the attention of the locals. But it's also a great place to travel to, as this is a great way to celebrate all things Iowa, and it doesn't hurt that the Iowa State Fairgrounds tends to be an amazing backdrop for the excitement as thousands upon thousands turn up for the fair. Once you're there, you'll understand loud and clear why this has become one of the staples of the entertainment scene around Des Moines, as the Fairgrounds tend to have a steady stream of amazing events throughout the year.

Come out to the Iowa State Fairgrounds and you never know what you're going to find, as it's a combination of so many different activities that it might just make your head spin – in a good way. Over the years, traditions like the butter cow, Bill Riley's Talent Search, amazing food and prominent concerts have also taken hold, and each and every year is sure to have both something new and exciting and sublimely nostalgic.

Iowa State Fair Events

Whether it's the famous butter cow sculpture from local sculptor Sarah Pratt, the various types of food vendors or any of the other events that go down at the Iowa State Fair that you might find, this is a great festival that you'll be talking about long after it's all over. Once you're there in the middle of the buzz of the crowd, you'll understand loud and clear why this festival has become a staple of the local community – and that's not likely to change any time in the near future. There is nothing quite like a unique festival that brings together the camaraderie, as you'll end up with an experience that you won't soon forget. With top-tier acts Foreigner, Lady Antebellum, Jake Owen and many more, the concert experience is the perfect way to cap the Iowa State Fair, making this one of those fairs you definitely don't want to skip.

Iowa State Fair Trivia

Did you know that the Iowa State Fair has had butter sculptures of both John Wayne and Elvis Presley?

Talk about famous, both Wayne and Presley were nothing short of American icons, and it should come as no surprise that they were the perfect two to be celebrated by astounding butter sculptures over the years. Presley was made in 1997 and Wayne was sculpted in 2001, though they're hardly the only icons to get the honor. Other famous butter sculptures include the Peanuts Gang, Tiger Woods, Harry Potter and even Neil Armstrong.

Iowa State Fair Experience

There has never been a better time to head out to a great festival loaded with moments that you'll be talking about well after it's over. Sure, there are plenty of ways to listen to be entertained these days, but it's a completely different experience to actually be there so you can feel the pulse of the crowd and delve into the many different events that go down at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. With well over a century's worth of experience showing how it's done when it comes to big-time state fairs, it doesn't get any better than the Iowa State Fair.

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