Iowa is famous for a few things. Corn. The Field of Dreams. And the Iowa State Fair. Ok, we’re famous for more things than that, but I’ve traveled enough to know these are three near the top of the list.
Yesterday marked the opening day of the Iowa State Fair.
It’s one of the only places in the world you’ll see such pillars of Americana as
- Cow sculpted out of butter
- Fried pickle on a stick (and anything else you can imagine on a stick)
- New records galore – such as last night’s record-breaking corndog chomp
According the Iowa State Fair’s Web site the internationally-acclaimed Iowa State Fair is the single largest event in the state of Iowa and one of the oldest and largest agricultural and industrial expositions in the country.
It attracts more than a million people from all over the world annually.
The fair is frequently named one of the top events in the country. In 2004, USA Weekend named the event the #2 choice for summer fun in America, topping New York City’s Times Square, Cedar Point Amusement Park Resort in Ohio and Disneyland in California.
Now, that’s impressive.
Midwest Living magazine named the Fair one of the “Top 30 Things Every Midwesterner Should Experience.” The Fair is also included in the New York Times best-selling travel book “1000 Places to See Before You Die.”
If you’re ready to do something different and fun for the whole family load up, head to Des Moines and take your place in American history as an attendee of the Iowa State fair.
The 2008 Iowa State Fair runs August 7-17 – “U Gotta Love It.” The Fairgrounds are located at East 30th Street and East University Avenue, just 10 minutes east of downtown Des Moines and are open 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. each day of the Fair. Exhibit hours vary. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or check out http://www.iowastatefair.org.