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Iowa State Fair

Of all the state fairs in the US, Iowa's is the one that inspired the classic Broadway musical. Held every year in August, the Fair includes notable traditions like a cow statue carved from butter, and offbeat competitions like cow chip throwing, pigeon rolling, pie eating, rooster crowing, and monster arm wrestling. The Iowa State Fair has its roots firmly planted on the many farms in Iowa, and the heart of the event is in the livestock shows, food and craft competitions, and trade shows. However city slickers won't be bored with the midway rides, concerts, parades and endless food to be found at the Fair. Admission is $10 for adults, and $4 for children age 6-11.

Venue: State Fairgrounds, Des Moines

Date: 7 - 17 August 2014

Website: www.iowastatefair.com