Kid’s Thrill Town, New License Plate Design Preview set for opening day of Iowa State Fair

Des Moines, Iowa – The 11-day run of the Iowa State Fair opens today in Des Moines and this year, the youngest fairgoers will be able to enjoy rides and games away from faster, taller, scarier rides. State Fair manager Gary Slater says an area called Thrill Town will include a selection of “tamer” rides, such as the Grand Carousel and Dizzy Dragon.

The kid-friendly rides in Thrill Town will be separated from the rides and attractions geared towards older fairgoers.

The choices for a new license design will be revealed today as well.

The governor and the Iowa Department of Transportation announced they will reveal the three designs proposed for the new plates at the Iowa State Fair.

The D-O-T announced earlier this year it planned phase out the 20-year-old design for the standard plates that now features a rural theme with a silo and blue sky. The department also announced the public would get a chance to vote on the replacement plate choices. The state issues four-point-four million license plates, and the D-O-T says four-point-two million of them are the standard variety plate.

Provided there’s good weather, Slater expects around a-million people will attend the Iowa State Fair today through August 20th.

To view more of the events and activities planned for the Iowa State Fair, click here.

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