Grab a Taste of the Iowa State Fair

Sweets are a staple at the Iowa State Fair along with deep-fried and on-a-stick options. Photo: Iowa State Fair

This year’s Iowa State Fair was canceled, but there is a way for you to grab at least a slice of the experience during this weekend. “Taste of the Fair” will bring together vendors on the north side of the Fairgrounds (in the Midway/Thrillville area) in Des Moines while safely social distancing.

Featured are 20 different Iowa State Fair vendors serving classic deep-fried, on-a-stick and other favorite fair fare. “Taste of the Fair” launched last weekend but continues starting Friday. Hours are 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.. Sunday.

Vendors include Bauder’s Ice Cream, Barksdale’s State Fair Cookies, Campbell’s Corn Dogs and the Iowa Honey Producers Association.

Organizers will implement social distancing guidelines and track crowd numbers. Admission and parking are free. Patrons should enter and exit through Gate 2 off University Avenue, then walk through Gate 14 near the midway/Thrillville area. No other gates on the fairgrounds will be open.

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