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Iowa State Fairgrounds

3000 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50317-2494
+1 800-545-3247
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Can't go wrong with a Butter cow!

Growing up in Iowa there is nothing like the Iowa State fair to close out the summer. The history... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Anne M
via mobile
Must see

This is a must see when it's going on there's fun for about everyone. Good food for days. So much... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jasper E
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For 11 days in August, it’s a fairground, but for the other 354 days of the year, the Iowa State Fairgrounds is home to auto shows, livestock exhibitions, flea markets, antique shows, concerts, trade shows and more. See what’s happening this month at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good21%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“butter cow” (77 reviews)
“fair food” (34 reviews)
“iowa state” (77 reviews)
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3000 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50317-2494
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+1 800-545-3247
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Growing up in Iowa there is nothing like the Iowa State fair to close out the summer. The history and the way it feels like home. Iowans are great. How can the Iowa State Fair not be amazing with all of the food on a...More

Thank Anne M
Management response:Responded 3 days ago

We are so thrilled that you love the butter cow as much as we do! You'd 'butter' check it out with the new companion sculpture at this year's Fair, August 10-20!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a must see when it's going on there's fun for about everyone. Good food for days. So much stuff to watch to bands to people making art.

Thank Jasper E
Management response:Responded 3 days ago

We agree that there's something for everyone! At this year's Fair you can come check out our Thrill Parks and find the thrills you're looking for from August 10-20!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The facilities have been upgraded and can accommodate a large amount of cattle. Fortunately, there are air conditioned buildings if you are attending a summer activity.

Thank Marlene D
Management response:Responded 3 days ago

The fun doesn't stop here! You can check out the Red Angus National Show Saturday, August 19 or any of the many livestock shows throughout the Fair from August 10-20

Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the Heaven of everything fried, if you like grease bites on bites, you have ARRIVED! and if you like fried everything, even ice cream, then look no more, call your friends and tell them you found guide and you'll be going off the...More

Thank ead2016103
IowaStateFair, Guest Relations Manager at Iowa State Fairgrounds, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review of the Iowa State Fair! The fair is known for some amazing food. We are doing something new this year with the 2017 food reveal! Virtually experience the first bite of this year’s new Fair food by tuning into the...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What an amazing show. Over 4000 cars. My feet were sure sore after all that walking. They had food also so you could eat there.

Thank Leigh G
Management response:Responded 2 weeks ago

We're so thrilled you had an amazing time! Be sure to stop by the Iowa State Fair August 10 - 20 and try all of our new and exciting foods!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Unlike other fairgrounds, this venue has a lot of trees that provide cooling shade. There are many, many benches along the walkways to stop and take a rest. Frequent rests/breaks help keep you energized for all the walking you'll...More

Thank eshar0n
Management response:Responded 2 weeks ago

We're so happy you enjoy our Fairgrounds as much as we do! We hope you're just as excited as we are with all of our new and exciting improvements! Make sure you check them out at the Fair, August 10 - 20th!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great venue that only keeps getting better. There were about 6,000 cars here this weekend. Some price gouging on water and soda. Still under construction in some areas.

Thank HOTROD37
Management response:Responded 2 weeks ago

The Fairgrounds are bigger and better than ever! We hope we see you at this year's Fair from August 10-20 to see the construction completed for a thrilling Fair.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We love the fair and can easily spend 12 + hours here! Every year is different, every day is different. We like to tour all of the animal barns and catch a couple of judging contests. It is also fun to see the 4-H projects...More

Thank Tonia M
IowaStateFair, Public Relations Manager at Iowa State Fairgrounds, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Tonia - Thank you for the wonderful review! We are so glad you have had a wonderful time here as so many people do. The Fair will be here before you know it with new food, new attractions and new memories to be made!

Reviewed 8 June 2017 via mobile

Great place to have the largest antique truck show Yet!! Great accommodations,showers in campground on the hill. We Really enjoyed our time there!!

Thank Donnie S
IowaStateFair, Guest Relations Manager at Iowa State Fairgrounds, responded to this reviewResponded 14 June 2017

Donnie- Thank you for the awesome review. We hope to see you for other events that are held on the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Check out the upcoming schedule online.

Reviewed 3 June 2017 via mobile

We went to an RV show here in the spring. Free parking, plenty of space. Nice area for the large RVs and boats that we saw. Clean grounds. Friendly staffers. Marcydiner tantrum scale of 5/5-no screaming kids and despite the buildings large size, and the...More

Thank init4keeps
IowaStateFair, Guest Relations Manager at Iowa State Fairgrounds, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2017

Thank you for the wonderful review. We are glad that you had such a great time! Check out the Fairgrounds website for shows coming in the near future.

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hbtrp2014
12 June 2017|
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Response from init4keeps | Reviewed this property |
You do if the fair is on. If there's an event that is happening when it's not fair time, then there's no admission charge to the park. And the parking is usually free when it's not fair time.
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ivansG3777IT
1 April 2017|
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Response from IowaStateFair | Property representative |
The activities listed above are great attractions for the Des Moines area. In your inbox you will have a contact to assist you with lodging for the event. We can't wait to see you!
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Allison R
1 January 2017|
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Response from JAMESknoxville | Reviewed this property |
You can experience a great deal in 2 1/2 days. It takes one day just to navigate the grounds and the others can be used to view/participate in activities of specific interest. I am 68 and have only missed 5 fairs. We camp... More
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