The Iowa State Fair Kicks Off Today

The Iowa State Fair is back this year after being sidelined in 2020 due to the pandemic. Photo: Catch Des Moines

The Iowa State Fair in Des Moines begins today and runs through Aug. 22. Here are three ideas of what to do:

If you want to avoid intense crowds: COVID-19 cases are spiking once again, so if you want to enjoy the fun but keep your distance from others as much as possible, head there when the fairgrounds open at 7 a.m. There are also some lesser-visited spots around the grounds, including the barns on the east side or the Exhibition Center, which has plenty of seating and air conditioning.

If you’re a foodie: Yes, there are hundreds of food options at the fair. But if you’re looking for something tasty without much of a line, try lamb kabobs at the Sheep Barn on the south side of the fairgrounds. Or check out these cheese-filled bacon balls at Bacon Box along the Grand Concourse.

If you’re an arts lover: The Cultural Center on the east side of the grounds will have exhibits set up throughout the building. Many of them are entered in the Iowa State Fair Fine Arts Show. There will also be several painters demonstrating how they create their work.

Find more information online.


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