The gates open today on the Iowa State Fair

Des Moines, Iowa – With the rattle of rollercoasters and the scent of corn dogs, cotton candy and livestock, the Iowa State Fair starts its 11-day run today with the theme “Nothing Compares.” Fair manager Gary Slater says the fabled event has something to offer all visitors.

Slater says there are also plenty of traditional exhibits that always pack in the crowds.

Several national magazines and newspapers, like the New York Times, list the Iowa State Fair as a top summer destination. Slater says it’s a special event that’s much more than just livestock shows, carnival rides, and concerts.

One goal, he says, it to “make sure our urban cousins, as they come through the front gate, understand where their food and fiber come from.” The state fair runs through Sunday, August 19th.

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