DES MOINES, IOWA (February 10, 2020) — As The Beach Boys mark more than a half century of making music, the group continues to ride the crest of a wave unequalled in musical history. The Beach Boys, synonymous with the California lifestyle, first performed at the Iowa State Fair in 1975. With a career spanning decades, it has been over 30 years since their last appearance in the Grandstand. The American icons will perform on Tuesday, August 18, at 8PM.

DES MOINES, IOWA (January 21, 2020) — Four-time GRAMMY award winner and reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year, Keith Urban, will take the stage on Saturday, August 15, 2020 at 8PM at the Iowa State Fair. Urban last performed at the Iowa State Fair in 2010. Up and coming country artist Russell Dickerson will kick off the concert. Tickets go on sale Friday, January 24, 2020, at 10AM.

DES MOINES, IOWA (January 6, 2020) — KIDZ BOP announced today their brand-new tour, KIDZ BOP Live 2020, will bring the highly-anticipated family-friendly live-concert experience to 58+ cities in the US and Canada in 2020, including the Iowa State Fair. Tickets go on sale beginning Friday, January 10, at 10AM.

DES MOINES, IOWA (December 17, 2019) — During the State Agricultural Society meeting on Sunday, December 15, Iowa State Fair Board Member Randy Brown, of Osceola, was the recipient of a Quilt of Valor, presented by Rod and Jeri Beem in recognition of his past military service. A Quilt of Valor is a handmade quilt meant to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comfort and healing.

DES MOINES, IOWA (December 16, 2019) — A bombtastic celebration of arena rock, Hairball returns for the eleventh concert at the Jacobson Exhibition Center on the Iowa State Fairgrounds on Saturday, February 1, 2020. Hairball brings special guest Bonne Finken, described as a true musical warrior by 24OUR Magazine. Finken's beauty, power and emotion, will set the stage for a one-of-a-kind Hairball experience. Hairball tickets go on sale now, Monday, December 16, 2019, at 10AM.

DES MOINES, IOWA (December 12, 2019) — The Iowa State Fair earned numerous awards at the 129th International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) annual convention earlier this month. The IAFE awards are divided into five divisions based on attendance and are judged by a team of industry experts. The Iowa State Fair competed against other fairs and festival members with attendance over 1 million people.

DES MOINES, IOWA (November 25, 2019) — The Iowa State Fair is bringing one of country music's biggest stars to the 2020 Grandstand. Five time Grammy Award winner, Chris Stapleton, will play the Iowa State Fair Grandstand on Friday, August 21, at 8PM. Tickets go on sale Monday, December 2, 2019, at 10AM. This year marks Stapleton's first performance at the Iowa State Fair.

DES MOINES, IOWA (November 21, 2019) — Barksdale's cookies have become synonymous with the Iowa State Fair. Each year, thousands of families get in line to get their cup or bucket of warm, fresh chocolate chip cookies. But, as Joe Barksdale reaches 92 years old, it is time to make sure that cookie tradition continues.

DES MOINES, IOWA (September 19, 2019) — Iowa Dairies competed for top honors in the Iowa State Dairy Production Awards division at the Iowa State Fair August 8-18, 2019. Awards were given for the top two milk, combined fat and protein records in the Junior 3 Year Old, Senior 3 Year Old, 4 Year Old, 5 Year Old, and Aged Cow Classes.

Results are as follows:



Ayrshire, CFP, Jr 3 Yr Old

1) BJs Ayrshires, St. Olaf


DES MOINES, IOWA (September 18, 2019) — Rocky Hill Farm of Elizabeth, Illinois (IL), took top honors in the Oxford Down Sheep show judged at the 2019 Iowa State Fair. The farm was awarded the Champion and Reserve Champion Ewe and Reserve Champion Ram banners. They also placed first in the Premier Exhibitor contest.

Lillibridge Oxfords of Plainfield earned Champion Ram honors and took third place in the Premier Exhibitor contest while Bode Niemeier of Butler, IL, took second.