May 3, 2021 - News

Countdown is on: 100 days until the Iowa State Fair

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Today marks 100 days until the return of hot summer nights at the Iowa State Fair, which will run Aug. 12-22.

  • Why it matters: Love it or hate it, the Iowa State Fair is a significant annual event both culturally and economically.

State of play: Gary Slater, Iowa State Fair CEO, said he's feeling increased confidence in the fair as more people get vaccinated.

  • Face masks, attendance caps and any other COVID mitigation requirements are still up in the air until it's closer to August, Slater said.

What to expect: Security measures, including bag checks and the new Iowa State Fair Police force, will continue in 2021.

  • Additional security like metal detectors have not been determined yet, Slater said.

What's new: The giant slide will move southeast of the varied industries building and north of the Walnut Center.

  • The 4-H Exhibition building was also completely renovated.
  • And after people voiced their disappointment about the fair cutting Avenue of Breeds, Slater said it will return in a new spot next to the 4-H building.

By the numbers: More than 1 million people attended the fair in 2019 and Slater said he hopes to see the same this year.

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