When it comes to state fairs, the biggest, craziest and most popular has to be the one that takes place each year for 11 days in August in Des Moines. Yes: The Iowa State Fair, which began back in 1854, has become the stuff of legends (and even a Broadway musical). The sprawling 445-acre fairgrounds welcomes more than 1 million visitors each year from across the world to enjoy the sites, sounds – and tastes – that have made the Iowa State Fair a must-see event. This year, the fun spans Aug. 8-18.
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