Iowa State Fairgrounds hosts one of the largest state fairs in the United States. In more than the 180 ha (445 acres) of space, you can view a variety of different exhibits and festivals, ranging from car shows and flea markets to concerts and antique shows. Just outside of the main stages, surrounded by woods and hills, the fairgrounds features 2,300 camping spots with water and electrical hookups. Pitch a tent or bring your RV, play games and have a barbecue, and join some of the most vibrant festivities in the country. Our Des Moines travel route website makes visiting Iowa State Fairgrounds and other Des Moines attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
Iowa State Fairgrounds Reviews
Went to the Iowa State Fair. Been at least twenty times because I grew up here and have lived here most of my life. I love just walking around and looking at stuff. Going to the agriculture building to look at flowers and the sculptures and going to see a horse show or dog show. Have something to eat of course. I don't like all the fried foods but there are other choices. The rides are cool but I'm not a ride type person. It was a good time anyway.
The fair was very clean and the people were helpful and friendly. The concert was the best I've ever been to! Prices were reasonable and there was a lot of great fair food to try. One thing that stood out was they had everything planned and coordinated for the enjoyment of the fair goers. No long lines, plenty of places to sit and a multitude of shuttles to the parking areas. I will go back, definitely.
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