The Iowa State Fair in Des Moines is one of the best state fairs in the country. Here are a number of things to do the next time you attend the fair.
Enjoy goat yoga the fair around piglets, ducks, chicken, and other farm animals. The event takes place in the Paul R. Knapp Animal Learning Center. If you have never done a downward dog yoga posture in the presence of farm animals, then you haven't experienced live in Iowa yet.
After goat yoga at the Paul R. Knapp Animal Learning Center, view the livestream of baby ducklings growing up before your eyes. Additionally, you can experience the waterslide while there on the State Fair's own YouTube channel. The dick frenzy is sure to be hit with adults and children alike.
Enjoy a meal with Iowa farmers as they educate you on Iowa agriculture here in the state. The meal will take place at a 500' long dinner table on the Grand Concourse, which will break the record the largest dinner table at an Iowa State Fair.
The State Fair's Grandstand is being remodeled. The Grandstand will remain open during the construction activity but soon there will be new restrooms, an additional 4,000 more seats, and a new stage named Kum and Go. You can buy tickets for Grandstand events at the ticket office.
The fair at night is a new program allowing attendees a behind-the-scenes look at some of the most popular Fair attractions. These include the Butler Cow cooler, which allows for the transportation of baby animals into the Paul R. Knapp Animal Learning Center. Additionally, there will be two new events: Mammals After Dark and Agriculture After Dark. Each program is an opportunity to see Fair attractions not visible to the general public.
Worried about missing out on something at the Fair. Well, just get the official Iowa State Fair Mobile app to ensure you are up-to-date on everything Fair related. The app will have details on Grandstand shows, the daily schedule, allow you to purchase tickets, and participate in the Photo Hunt contest.
What is a fair without livestock? The Iowa State Fairgrounds will be home to hundreds of animals and livestock shows. These include Big Ram, Super Bull, Big Bear, Largest Pigeon, and Biggest Rabbit. There are also national horse shows during the Fair as well as appearances by Percherons and Clydesdales,
No trip to the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines is complete without a thorough sampling of all the food offerings. The Fair features over 200 food stands as well as 80 food items on-a-stick. Bring a healthy appetite as attendees can vote on their favorite food items, which will be announced at the end of the Fair. Click here for more information.
A great opportunity to get out of the heat can be found at the bingo games inside the air-conditioned Oman Family Youth Inn. The Daily Program Guide will have all the bingo details and schedule.
The Fair has several new amusement rides for both adults and children. Of course, there is the world famous, and largest, Ferris Wheels ever to be at the Iowa State Fair. The Ferris Wheel can be found in Thrill Ville. And, in Thrill Town, children can enjoy the Metro Maze, Jungle Twist, and Rockin' Tug.