Iowa State Fair Tips – #igtravelthursday

Last Updated on October 1, 2014 by Jody Halsted

It’s State Fair time in Iowa (really one of the best state fairs in the country- it’s even listed in 1,000 Places to See Before You Die).  During our recent (yes, annual) visit, I made sure to send out images of my top tips for visiting the Iowa State Fair.  If you have the Iowa State Fair (or any state fair, really) in your plans, these will come in handy!

Iowa State Fair Tips
Tip 1. Everyone knows the state fair is about eating food you never allow yourself. Get the Food Finder app or bookmark the site on your smartphone so you know where to find those treats you really want!
Iowa State Fair Tips
Tip 2. Try new foods. New this year: shrimp corndog and brat on a pretzel bun.
Iowa State Fair Tips
Tip 3. Dipped in #chocolate or not? Get one of each and share!
Iowa State Fair Tips
Tip 4. Be a character! Your kids love these and an empty face is no fun.
Iowa State Fair Tips
Tip 5. Wander through the animal barns. And then get eye level.
This calf was less than 12 hours old when we visited. So sweet!
Iowa State Fair Tips
Tip 6. Pack a swimsuit or dry clothes for the kids. The water attractions are irresistible.
Iowa State Fair tips
Tip 7. Bring a blanket. You’ll want something clean to sit on when all the tables are full.
Iowa State Fair tips
Tip 8. Stop & just have fun. Pushing through crowds can really wear on you. Find your own space.

And if you are planning to visit the Iowa State Fair for the first time with the kids, be sure to check out specific tips for taking children to the Iowa State Fair.

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    1. KatjaPresnal Iowa is especially nice because of the agricultural industry.  People return just for favorites like Pork Chop on a Stick (the bone is the stick), Hot Beef Sundae and Pork Tenderloins as large as a plate.  🙂

  1. I’ve never been to a fayre like that but it looks like a lot of fun. Now where in England could we get those delicious treats!?

  2. I bet that brat on a pretzel bun is delicious.  I’ve become a fan of those.  I had a crabcake on one at the beach this year, and it was delicious.  Great photos.  Our fair is in October.  Your food looks better, in my opinion.  Our stuff is all fried. 
    Unfortunately, the logo isn’t working to take people to the linky.  Just wanted you to know. Sorry if there is a glitch.   It takes people back to this post.  We appreciate you linking up with us.

    1. Hinessightblog  Oh, there is a lot of fried stuff at our fair, too.  🙂
      The linky seems to be working fine; I was having issues with the cut & paste version, so I hard coded.  You should find that it works for you now.

  3. I love the image of the little calf, could have something to do with being a mom of a newborn though… 🙂 
    I wish we had something like this over here in Norway, I remember visiting one in Georgia when I lived there many years ago. 
    Thanks for joining in the Linky and hope to see you again next week!

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