DES MOINES, IOWA (December 6, 2022) — The Iowa State Fair earned numerous awards and honors at the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) annual convention earlier this month.

DES MOINES, IOWA (October 12, 2022) — Gary Slater, Iowa State Fair CEO and Fair Manager, is retiring after 21 years in his position. Slater has spent his entire career working in leadership positions for large events including the Missouri State Fair, the World Pork Expo, and the Iowa State Fair, where he has served as CEO and Fair Manager since 2001.

DES MOINES, IOWA (June 8, 2021) — The Iowa State Fair Grandstand on Saturday, August 21, 2021 will now feature headliners Dan + Shay, who step in to replace Keith Urban, who had to cancel his show due to an unforeseen scheduling conflict. Special guest Russell Dickerson will remain the opener. Anyone who purchased Keith Urban tickets through the official Iowa State Fair ticket vendor, e-tix, will receive an automatic refund.

DES MOINES, IOWA (November 10, 2020) The Iowa State Fair is excited to bring three more online classes to the table this fall and winter as a part of the Fair School series.

DES MOINES, IOWA (July 13, 2020) Even though we can't be together for the Iowa State Fair this year, we can safely join together to get a taste of what we will be missing. The Iowa State Fair, along with our food vendors, are excited to host two 2020 Taste of the Fair weekends, July 24-26 and July 31-August 2.

Taste of the Fair, Weekend 1 (July 24-26)

Friday, July 24, 4-9PM

Saturday, July 25, 11AM-9PM

Sunday, July 26, 11AM-6PM

DES MOINES, IOWA (June 11, 2020) The Iowa State Fair Board, the governing body who oversees the Iowa State Fair, today voted to postpone the 2020 Iowa State Fair until August 12-22, 2021, amid ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns. The decision was made to protect the health and safety of all Fairgoers.

DES MOINES, IA (04/15/2020) (readMedia)-- The Iowa State Fair, Pioneer and media sponsors Iowa Farmer Today and the WHO radio BIG SHOW are seeking entries for the 2020 Way We Live Award. The Way We Live Award, in its 12th year of recognizing outstanding farm families, will award six Iowa families who exemplify hard-working farm values and a love for the occupation of farming. So far, the Way We Live Award has been given to 69 well-deserving Iowa families.

DES MOINES, IOWA (February 26, 2020) — With 168 days until the Iowa State Fair, August 13-23, 2020, now is your chance to create a part of Iowa State Fair history by designing your own concrete statue. Past sculptures have included an elephant, pig, cow, horse, ice-cream cone, Ferris wheel, state of Iowa, Iowa State Fair logo, and blue ribbon. The featured concrete sculpture for the 2020 Fair is a retro camper to symbolize the rich tradition and sense of community at the Fair.

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.