Iowa State Fair

Join the 11-day celebration of all things Iowa.

The iconic Iowa State Fair is a celebration of the food, families and farming that make Iowa special. Whether it’s meeting baby piglets, cheering on grocery bagging competitions or enjoying an ice cream cone in the dairy barn, fairgoers can make lifelong memories during the incredible 11-day event.

2018 Iowa State Fair Exhibit

If you’ve ever stopped by the Iowa Food & Family Project exhibit in the South Atrium of the Varied Industries Building, you’ve likely seen imaginative “canstruction,” Lego artwork, sand creations or balloon sculptures! In 2018, we mixed things up with an entirely new display that offers fairgoers a unique perspective about agriculture, farm families, food and food retailers. 

An estimated 40,000 fairgoers stopped at our booth to "Follow a Farmer," play trivia or win a grocery bag.

Iowa State "Fare" Cookbook

You can continue enjoying fair food all year long with recipes from Iowa Food & Family Project’s Iowa State “Fare” Cookbook. The cookbook serves up tried and true recipes created by Cristen Clark, a farmer, award winning-cook and fair aficionado. Click here to download a copy of the cookbook.

By The Numbers

It takes a lot of volunteers, food and fuel to power the Iowa State Fair each year, and Iowa’s farm groups play a huge part in making that happen. Here are a few fun facts about food at the Iowa State Fair: 

  • Approximately 160,000 eggs on a stick are handed out each year.

  • The Iowa Cattlemen's Beef Quarters serves 28,000 pounds of beef each year.

  • On average, more than 7,100 gallons of ice cream are served at the Dairy Barn.

  • Each year, 75,000 pork chops are served.

  • Beer and hot dogs are state fair favorites that come from corn.

  • The turkey grill opened in 1983.

  • The fair spans 400 acres, and a farmer can grow 94,000 bushels of corn or 26,000 bushels of soybeans on 400 acres.

  • A world record for the most people simultaneously eating corn dogs was set at the fair, with 8,400 corn dogs consumed.

View an infographic with these fair food facts.

Kelly Visser