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The Iowa State Fair is an annual state fair held in Des Moines, Iowa. The 2007 Iowa State Fair will be held August 9-19th and feature the theme, "Sounds Like Fun." This article is about three films. ... Nickname: Hartford of the West, City of Skywalks, Raccoon City, DSM Location in the State of Iowa, USA Coordinates: Country United States State Iowa County Polk County Incorporated September 22, 1851 Government  - Mayor Frank Cownie Area  - City  77. ...

The logo for this year's fair

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History

The main concourse, between the grandstand and the Varied Industries Building, during the 2006 Iowa State Fair
The main concourse, between the grandstand and the Varied Industries Building, during the 2006 Iowa State Fair

The first Iowa State Fair was held in Fairfield in 1854. The fair was held again in Fairfield in 1855. For the next several years, the fair was held in various towns, mostly in Eastern Iowa. The fair was held in Muscatine in 1856-1857, in Oskaloosa in 1858-1859, in Iowa City in 1860-1861, in Dubuque in 1862-1863, in Burlington in 1864-1866, in Clinton in 1867-1868, in Keokuk in 1869-1870 and 1874-1875, and in Cedar Rapids in 1871-1873 and 1876-1878. The fair moved in 1878 to Des Moines. After the state legislature and the city of Des Moines appropriated funds for the fair in 1886, the fair moved to its current location at East 30th and University in Des Moines [1]. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Fairfield is a city in Jefferson County, Iowa. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... Sunrise over Mississippi River in Muscatine Muscatine is a city in Muscatine County, Iowa, United States. ... Oskaloosa is a city in Mahaska County, Iowa, United States. ... Iowa City is a city in Johnson County, Iowa, USA. It is the principal city of the Iowa City, Iowa Metropolitan Statistical Area which encompasses all of both Johnson and Washington counties. ... Nickname: The Key City, City of Five Flags, Masterpiece on the Mississippi Location in the State of Iowa Coordinates: Country United States State Iowa County Dubuque Incorporated 1833 Government  - Type Council-Manager  - Mayor Roy D. Buol  - City manager Michael C. Van Milligen Area  - City 71. ... U.S. 34 over the Mississippi River in Burlington. ... View of downtown Clinton looking north Downtown Clinton closeup Alliant Energy Field Clinton Municipal Pool & Tennis Courts Mississippi Belle II Casino & Clinton Showboat Theater Clinton is a city in Clinton County, Iowa, United States. ... Keokuk Iowa bottom, with the Mississippi River, its lock, dam, power plant, rail bridge and highway bridge. ... Nickname: Location in the State of Iowa Coordinates: Country United States State Iowa County Linn County Incorporated 1849 Government  - Mayor Kay Halloran Area  - City  64. ... This article is about the state capital of Iowa. ...


In the over 150 years of the Iowa State Fair, there have only been a few years when it did not take place. In 1898, the fair was cancelled due to the World's Fair in nearby Omaha, Nebraska as well as because of the Spanish-American War. The fair was also shut down in 1942 due to World War II when the state provided the fairgrounds to the military to be used as a supply depot. The fair re-opened in 1946.[2] Nickname: Location in Nebraska Coordinates: Country United States State Nebraska County Douglas Founded 1854 Incorporated 1857 Government  - Mayor Michael Fahey (D) Area  - City  118. ... Combatants United States Republic of Cuba Philippine Republic Spain Commanders Nelson A. Miles William R. Shafter George Dewey Máximo Gómez Emilio Aguinaldo Patricio Montojo Pascual Cervera Casualties 3,289 U.S. dead (432 from combat); considerably higher although undetermined Cuban and Filipino casualties Unknown[1] The Spanish–American... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000...


The fair celebrated its sesquicentennial in 2004. Also in 2004, the fair set an attendance record with 1,053,978. visits.[3] An anniversary is a day that commemorates an event that occurred on the same day of the year some time in the past. ...


Attractions

The fair grounds are made of over 400 acres of which 160 acres are wooded campsites. Yearly attractions include the butter cow and the Midway's Double Ferris Wheel.


Livestock and traditional attractions

The Iowa State Fair places a great deal of emphasis on the agricultural presence in the state. To that end, there are many livestock shows and sales. These include the contests for the biggest animals: the Big Boar, the Big Ram, the Super Bull, and the Largest Rabbit. There are also livestock shows of sheep, swine, beef and dairy cattle, goats, llamas and rabbits, as well as cat and dog shows.


Additionally, the fair is home to several traditional contests and tournaments, including rooster crowing, sheep shearing, pigeon racing, turkey, duck, and chicken calling, wood chopping, pie eating, arm wrestling, banjo, fiddle, accordion, harmonica, mandolin and piano playing, and backgammon, chess, cribbage, and checkers tournaments.


Furthermore, the fair traditionally has many free musical and other events going on. These include Latin music, a capella music, country music, rock music, Jimmy Buffett and Beatles "tribute bands", stilt walkers, magicians, puppet and marionette shows, acrobats, and exotic animals like tigers and alligators. This article needs additional references or sources to facilitate its verification. ... The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 as part of their first tour of the United States, promoting their first hit single there, I Want To Hold Your Hand. ...


The Heritage Village located on the fair grounds contains many items of historical import to the state of Iowa, including replicas of Native American traditional domiciles, a one-roomed school house, a church, and others.


The Varied Industries Building traditionally holds many vendors offering "fair specials" and free items, such as pens and pencils and magnets.


The butter cow

The butter cow
The butter cow

One of the most well-known features of the Iowa State Fair is the butter cow. Each year, a life-size cow figure is sculpted from butter. The butter cow has been a fair staple since 1911. In 1960, current butter sculptor Norma "Duffy" Lyon created her first bovine masterpiece. Since that time, she has sculpted all six breeds of dairy cow, as well as Garth Brooks, a butter version of Grant Wood's painting American Gothic, Superman, the Peanuts characters, Elvis Presley, various animals, John Wayne, a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, and a butter rendition of Leonardo DaVinci's The Last Supper. She has been featured in national magazines and on radio programs, as well as on The Today Show and Late Night with David Letterman. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Superman is a fictional character and comic book superhero , originally created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian artist Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics. ... Peanuts is a syndicated daily and Sunday comic strip written and illustrated by Charles M. Schulz, which ran from October 2, 1950, to February 13, 2000 (the day after Schulzs death). ... Elvis Aron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), often known simply as Elvis and also called The King of Rock n Roll or simply The King, was an American singer, musician and actor. ... John Wayne (May 26, 1907 – June 11, 1979), born Marion Robert Morrison[1] and later changed to Marion Michael Morrison, popularly known as the Duke, was an iconic, Academy Award winning, American film actor. ... Logo on a 2003 Harley Davidson The Harley-Davidson Motor Company (NYSE: HDI) is a manufacturer of motorcycles based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. ... Motorcyclists take a break from the road A motorcycle or motorbike is a single-track, two-wheeled motor vehicle powered by an engine. ... The Last Supper was the last meal Jesus shared with his apostles before his death. ... Today, commonly referred to as The Today Show to avoid ambiguity, is an American morning news and talk show airing weekday mornings on the NBC television network. ... Late Night with David Letterman was a nightly hour-long comedy talk show on NBC hosted by David Letterman. ...


The Bill Riley Iowa State Fair talent search

From 1957 to 1996, "Mr. State Fair" Bill Riley, Sr. hosted a talent search for Iowans between the ages of 2 and 21. Since 1996, the talent search has been hosted by Mr. Riley's son, Bill Riley, Jr. The talent search culminates in 6 winners from the "sprout" division (ages 2-12), and 1 winner from the senior division (13-21). Contestants sing, dance, play musical instruments, and otherwise showcase their unique talents. The talent search is routinely re-broadcast on IPTV (Iowa Public Television). Bill Riley, Sr. died on December 15, 2006. William J. Bill Riley, Sr. ... December 15 is the 349th day of the year (350th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...


Concerts

The Fairgrounds' grandstand, which holds about 11,000 people, is used every night of the State Fair, either for auto races, tractor pulls, monster truck events, or musical concerts. The fair has brought in many big names to perform, with an emphasis on Iowa natives. Popular past and present guests at the Grandstand include Iowa native Andy Williams, Liberace, Lawrence Welk, Johnny Cash, The Jackson Five, Charley Pride, Sonny and Cher, Elton John, Tammy Wynette, Liza Minelli, The Beach Boys, Chicago, The Eagles, Reba McEntire,The Nadas, Train, Raven Symone, Brooks & Dunn, Goo Goo Dolls, Christina Aguilera, Bob Dylan, Big and Rich, Cowboy Troy, Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks, and 2005 opener Switchfoot. The 2006 headliner was James Taylor. In 1974 Grateful Dead played a nearly 5-hour concert at the grandstands to a sold-out crowd. It has, however, seen its share of flops, including a Hoobastank performance in 2005 that only drew 2,500 people, which was reported to be even less than a free America concert going on nearby. Andy Williams For other persons named Andrew Williams, see Andrew Williams (disambiguation). ... Liberace shows off his rings (circa 1980). ... Lawrence Welk during a taping of The Lawrence Welk Show Lawrence Welk (March 11, 1903 – May 17, 1992) was a musician, accordion player, bandleader, and television impresario. ... Johnny Cash (born J. R. Cash, February 26, 1932 – September 12, 2003) was an American, multi Grammy Award-winning influential American country and rock and roll singer and songwriter. ... The cover to the Jackson 5s first LP, Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5, released on Motown Records in 1969. ... Charley Frank Pride (born March 18, 1938 in Sledge, Mississippi) is a former Negro League baseball player who became one of the very few African Americans to have a successful career in modern country music. ... Sonny and Cher were an American rock and roll duo, made up of husband and wife team Sonny Bono and Cher in the 1960s and 1970s. ... Sir Elton Hercules[1] John CBE [2] (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947) is a multiple Grammy and Academy Award-winning English pop/rock singer, composer and pianist. ... Tammy Wynette (May 5, 1942 – April 6, 1998) was a country singer and songwriter. ... Liza Minnelli (born March 12, 1946) is an American actress and singer. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Nickname: Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in Chicagoland and Illinois Coordinates: Country United States State Illinois County Cook & DuPage Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City  234. ... The Eagles are an American rock music group that originally came together in Los Angeles, California in the early 1970s. ... This article needs additional references or sources to facilitate its verification. ... The Nadas are a rock/folk quartet based out of Ames, Iowa. ... An SP freight train west of Chicago in 1992. ... Raven-Symone as Raven Raven-Symon Christina Pearman (born December 10, 1985 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA), known professionally as Raven-Symon , is an African American actress, singer, and former model. ... Brooks & Dunn is an American country music singer-songwriter duo. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Christina Maria Aguilera (IPA pronunciation: [1] born December 18, 1980) is an American pop and R&B singer and songwriter. ... Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman, May 24, 1941) is a Grammy, Golden Globe and Academy Award-winning American singer-songwriter, author, musician, and poet who has been a major figure in popular music for five decades. ... Big & Rich are an American country music duo comprising Big Kenny and John Rich. ... Cowboy Troy (born Troy Coleman, December 18, 1970 in Victoria, Texas) is an African-American country singer. ... Alan Eugene Jackson (born October 17, 1958) is an American country music singer and songwriter. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Switchfoot is a Grammy nominated alternative rock band from San Diego, California, United States. ... James Vernon Taylor (born March 12, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, born in Belmont, Massachusetts. ... The Grateful Dead was an American rock band formed in 1965 in San Francisco, California. ... Hoobastank (also colloquially referred to as Hooba or The Stank) is a rock band best known for their crossover hit The Reason (2004) and by their continued success in the modern rock market. ... America is an English-American folk rock band, originally comprised of members Gerry Beckley, Dewey Bunnell, and Dan Peek. ...


2007 Iowa State Fair Grandstand Concerts

The 2007 Iowa State Fair will feature the following concerts at the grandstand: Gary Allan on August 9th; Alice Cooper with Blue Oyster Cult on August 10th; the annual Rock 'n' Roll Reunion on August 11th featuring Little Anthony and the Imperials, Ben E. King, Sam the Sham, Percy Sledge, and Gary U.S. Bonds; Corbin Bleu, Drake Bell and Jordan Pruitt on August 12th; Dierks Bentley on August 14th; Casting Crowns on August 16th; Switchfoot on August 18th; and American Idol Live on August 19th.[4] Gary Allan (born Gary Allan Herzberg on December 5, 1967) is a country singer from Long Beach, California. ... Alice Cooper (born Vincent Damon Furnier, February 4, 1948), is a rock singer, songwriter and musician whose career spans four decades. ... Blue Öyster Cult is a psychedelic/heavy metal band probably best known for their 1976 single (Dont Fear) The Reaper from Agents Of Fortune, 1981 single Burning For You from Fire of Unknown Origin, and appearing on the Heavy Metal movie soundtrack with Veteran of the Psychic Wars which... Little Anthony & The Imperials were a rhythm and blues/soul/doo-wop vocal group from Los Angeles, California in the 1950s and 1960s. ... Ben E. King (born Benjamin Earl Nelson on September 28, 1938, in Henderson, North Carolina) is an American soul and pop singer and songwriter. ... Sam the Sham is the stage name of rock n roll singer Domingo “Sam” Samudio from Dallas, Texas. ... Percy Sledge Percy Sledge (born November 25, 1941 in Leighton, Alabama) is a US-American R&B and soul performer. ... Gary U.S. Bonds (born Gary Anderson, June 6, 1939) is an American rhythm and blues and rock n roll singer. ... Corbin Bleu (born as Corbin Bleu Reivers on February 21, 1989) is an American actor, model, dancer and vocalist best known for his roles in the film Catch That Kid, the Disney Channel original movies High School Musical and Jump In! which he stars in along with his dad David... Jared Drake Bell (Born June 27, 1986), better known as Drake Bell, is a g a y American actor, guitarist, and singer/songwriter. ... Jordan Pruitt (born on May 19, 1991 in Loganville, Georgia), is a songwriter and pop artist signed to Hollywood Records. ... Dierks Bentley (born November 20, 1975 in Phoenix, Arizona) is a country music singer. ... Casting Crowns is a Christian band that employs a soft rock music style similar in sound to U2 hits like With or Without You and Where the Streets Have No Name. ... Switchfoot is a Grammy nominated alternative rock band from San Diego, California, United States. ... AMERICAN IDOL HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO DEATH OF SIMON ...


A national cultural event

The Bill Riley Stage, during a performance by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts in 2006
The Bill Riley Stage, during a performance by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts in 2006

Iowa is an important state in Presidential election races because the Iowa caucuses are the first in the nation to be held. For this reason, in years with pending elections, one can find presidential hopefuls at the State Fair, as well as national and international media reporting the event.[5] Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Joan Jett (born Joan Marie Larkin on September 22, 1960) is an American rock guitarist, singer, producer and actress. ...


In 1999, Martha Stewart and her production company taped an episode of her show at the fair, which was shown nationally.[6] Martha Stewart (born Martha Helen Kostyra on August 3, 1941) is an American business magnate, author, editor and homemaking advocate. ...


National media attention has also focused on "Duffy" Lyon and her butter sculptures, including segments on CBS News' Early Show, The Today Show, and The Late Show with David Letterman. CBS is one of the largest radio and television networks in the United States. ... The Early Show title card The Early Show is a American television morning news talk show broadcast by CBS from New York City, 7 to 9 a. ... Today, commonly referred to as The Today Show to avoid ambiguity, is an American morning news and talk show airing weekday mornings on the NBC television network. ... Late Show with David Letterman is an hour-long weeknight comedy and talk show broadcast by CBS from the Ed Sullivan Theater on Broadway in New York City. ...


In 2004, the sesquicentennial of the fair drew the attention of Country Living magazine, USA Today, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Dallas Morning News, ESPN (which featured the "Outhouse Races" on the "Play of the Day"), and CBS News Sunday Morning, as well as Monster Productions, which produces some of the Discovery Channel's programming.[7] USA Today is a national American daily newspaper published by the Gannett Company. ... The Star Tribune is the largest newspaper in Minnesota and is published seven days each week in an edition for the Minneapolis-St. ... The Dallas Morning News is the major daily newspaper serving the Dallas, Texas area. ... ESPN, formerly an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ... Sunday Morning may refer to: Sunday Morning, a Canadian radio program formerly aired on CBC Radio One, CBS Sunday Morning, a television news program on CBS in the United States. ... Discovery Channel is a cable and satellite TV channel distributed by Discovery Communications that provides non-fiction variety programming focused primarily on the themes of popular science, history, and knowledge about the world. ...


The Iowa State Fair was the inspiration for the acclaimed novel, 'State Fair', written by Iowa native Phil Stong. The novel was later made into three movies, the first starring Will Rogers, as well as the Rodgers and Hammerstein's delightfull broadway musical Rodgers and Hammerstein's State Fair .[8] [9] Due to this portrayal, as well as recent media coverage of the fair, the Iowa State Fair is seen as the classic and quintessential state fair of the United States. William Penn Adair Will Rogers (November 4, 1879 – August 15, 1935) was an American comedian, humorist, social commentator, vaudeville performer, and actor. ... Rodgers (left) and Hammerstein (right), with Irving Berlin (middle) and Helen Tamiris, watching auditions at the St. ...


While the Iowa State Fair is not the oldest, it is the largest state fair in the United States, and is considered to be a "must-see" event. The fair has been noted in a best-selling global travel book, 1000 Places to See Before You Die. Notably, it is the only Iowa attraction in the book, as well as the only state fair in the book. [10]. The fair has also been listed as second only to Las Vegas as a summer destination spot by USA Weekend magazine.[11]. It is also included in the June 2004 issue of Esquire magazine as one of the "15 Superlative Things to Experience Before Labor Day."[12] In addition, Midwest Living named the fair to its list of "30 Things Every Midwesterner Must Experience." In 2004, the fair was one of the events listed in Spread the Word Advertising's list of "Discover America 200 Events." Over 3000 national events were reviewed for inclusion in the list.[13]. This article is about the city of Las Vegas in Nevada. ... George Lois cover design for Esquire (May 1969) Esquire is a magazine for men owned by the Hearst Corporation. ... Labour Day (or Labor Day) is an annual holiday that resulted from efforts of the labour union movement, to celebrate the economic and social achievements of workers. ...


Trivia

"Duffy" Lyon, the butter cow sculptor, is the niece of Phil Stong, who wrote 'State Fair'.


In over 150 years, there has only been one year in which temperatures at the fair reached over 100 degrees Fahrenheit: 1983. In this year, temperatures peaked at 106 degrees, and there were 6 days of over 100 degree weather.


The Iowa State Fair once appeared on an episode of The Simpsons called Behind The Laughter. Simpsons redirects here. ...


External link

  • Iowa State Fair website

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The Iowa State Fair is an annual 11-day state fair held in Des Moines, Iowa.
The first Iowa State Fair was held in Fairfield, Iowa in 1854.
The fair grounds are made of over 400 acres of which 160 acres are wooded campsites.
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