I have grown to LOVE and look forward to the Iowa State Fair each year, even though I am not a native Iowan (Shhh!). The state fair slogan is spot on: Nothing Compares! It’s true! The State Fair is a sight to see, and a day (or more!) to experience. From the delicious food to the iconic attractions you see year after year, it has something for everyone.
My lack of native Iowan blood is no competition for my strategic type A personality. When attending events like this I research, study the map, read articles and blogs, and I make a plan. Our first year at the fair we were overwhelmed in a major way.
As the years have gone on, we have gotten better at navigating the fair and knowing exactly what we want to do when we are there and how we will tackle it all.
The last time we attended the fair, my husband turned to me as we were leaving and said, “I feel like we OWNED the fair this year.” We both felt like we finally figured it out. With Iowa City being such a transient community, I think there is probably a solid number of folks who might feel overwhelmed by the thought of making the trek to Des Moines for this Iowa tradition. Have no fear, the infographics below will provide you with a solid starting point for iconic attractions you can see every year, food you can’t miss, and activities to take your kids to.
Have a blast at the Iowa State Fair, and let us know what your favorite foods, activities, and attractions were!