DES MOINES, IOWA (July 18, 2019) — Agricultural education is a focus at the Iowa State Fair. From baby animals to food production and more, you will find plenty of exciting activities and events to explore more of Iowa's diverse agriculture industry.

Farm to Fair

DES MOINES, IA (July 11, 2019) — Six Iowa farm families will be recognized as recipients of the 2019 Way We Live Award at the Iowa State Fair. Entry-form nominations included a description of how living on a farm and choosing the farming occupation shaped the nominee's farm family life. These families are examples of farm values derived from hard work and love for farming.

DES MOINES, IOWA (July 8, 2019) — "Nothing Compares" to affordable family fun at the Iowa State Fair, August 8-18. Plan ahead and save on discounted admission tickets, family fun packs, ride wristbands, and food coupons.

DES MOINES, IOWA (June 26, 2019) — Get ready: Goat Yoga is returning to the Iowa State Fair on August 12 (at 2PM), 14 (6PM), and 17 (10AM) in the Paul R Knapp Animal Learning Center. Pick a time to get face-to-face with these babies while doing your favorite poses alongside other baby animals, including ducks, piglets, chicks, and more! New this year, the ticketed events will include an exclusive Iowa State Fair Goat Yoga mat for the first 250 registered participants, total.

DES MOINES, IOWA (June 19, 2019) — Volunteers and Fairtime staff make Nothing Compare to the Iowa State Fair. In 2019, there is something for everyone! Below are just some of the ways to join in, check out volunteer opportunities or employment at for more details.

Gate Admission — Group Fundraising

DES MOINES, IOWA (June 17, 2019) — Sesame Street characters are coming to the Iowa State Fair this year. Come celebrate 50 years of Sesame Street by seeing your favorite characters sculpted in butter. Standing alongside the iconic Iowa State Fair butter cow, Sesame Street will come alive in the John Deere Agriculture Building throughout the Iowa State Fair, August 8-18, 2019.

DES MOINES, IOWA (June 6, 2019) — If you've ever wondered how your food makes it to the dinner table, you're in luck. On Friday, August 16, 2019, noon-2PM, you can join Iowa farmers at the Iowa State Fair's dinner table in the Pioneer Livestock Pavilion. Five-hundred people — lucky winners — will enjoy sitting around the dinner table with Iowa farmers to ask food-questions like, How do eggs get their color, or, What are organic foods, GMO's, or antibiotics?

DES MOINES, IOWA (June 03, 2019) — School's out for the summer and so are summer savings for the Fair! Plan now to find your Fair Favorites at an affordable price, August 8-18. Discounted admission-tickets, family fun-packs, and Thrill Park ride wristbands are on sale now.

Advance Admission

Enjoy all the Fair has to offer at a discount. The advanced admission offer is the lowest admission price available and must be purchased before opening day, August 8.

DES MOINES, IOWA (May 28, 2019) — Hold your hats, country fans: singer-songwriter and chart-topping musician Toby Keith is coming to the Iowa State Fair Grandstand, August 12, 2019.

DES MOINES, IOWA (May 8, 2019) — Entries for the competitive events at the 2019 Iowa State Fair are now being accepted by mail or online at

The Iowa State Fair boasts a variety of competitive-event categories, including the largest Food Department of any state fair, the state's largest art show, one of the largest livestock shows in the world, and Iowa's finest exhibits of agricultural commodities and photography.