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Iowa State Fair

America's Best State Fairs

SmarterTravel | Posted 10.20.2014 | Travel

(Photo: Thinkstock/iStock) Nothing says America like deep-fried food, butter sculptures, and dubious carnival rides. Whether you like livestock, mu...

Iowa State Fair Combines Old And New For 2014 Season

AP | BARBARA RODRIGUEZ | Posted 10.14.2014 | Travel

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa State Fair opens its doors Thursday for an 11-day run with classic attractions that are expected to draw a million ...

Brown Heads To Iowa State Fair

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 08.17.2013 | Politics

Former Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) is heading to the Iowa State Fair to talk with voters, the Des Moines Register reports. “I'm going to be coming...

6 State Fairs For Fearless Foodies

MiniTime | Posted 10.16.2013 | Travel

(photo: Comet Corn; Minnesota State Fair) Move over, Ferris wheels and arcade games. Step aside, pageants and prized hogs. These days, the most talke...

The Malicious, Hypocritical Vegan Fringe Strikes Again

Kurt Michael Friese | Posted 10.12.2013 | Green
Kurt Michael Friese

This is not protest. This is breaking and entering, vandalism and criminal mischief. What's worse, it does nothing for the cause of animal welfare.

Christie Foe Hurls 'Fried Butter' Dig

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 07.09.2013 | Politics

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's (R) Democratic opponent lectures him that he will not find fried butter, a staple of the Iowa State Fair, in New Jers...

OOPS: Romney Calls What A 'Company?'

The Huffington Post | Patrick Svitek | Posted 08.31.2012 | Politics

Mitt Romney, who has frequently highlighted his executive acumen in his campaign for the White House, mixed business with politics on Friday when he m...

Obama Cost My Biz $25K!

The Huffington Post | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 08.14.2012 | Small Business

When President Obama showed up Monday at the Iowa State Fair, Cookie Smith, a 16-year old manning a cinnamon roll booth asked the President if he want...

Obama Campaign Stop at Factory Farm Propaganda Site, Billed as 'Grassroots Event'

Dave Murphy | Posted 07.25.2012 | Green
Dave Murphy

By showing up at the Paul R. Knapp "Animal Learning Center," President Obama and his staff show that they are out of touch with the needs of rural Iowans and likely to continue to plow down their unsustainable path of supporting the industrial agribusiness lobby.

How Cintra Wilson Made Me Care About Fashion Again

Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn | Posted 01.02.2012 | Style
Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn

Grateful that she's out there and not letting things slide that need to be commented upon. Things like exceeding the recommended load capacity of a pair of jeggings or the excessively self-reflective nature of the haute couture scene.

Jennifer Garner Sculpts 'Butter' Into Hillary Clinton Satire

Posted 11.07.2011 | Home

A woman, after years in the shadow of her incredibly successful (but unfaithful) husband, finally gets a chance to prove herself. She feels ready to w...

Mitt Romney Takes on a Senior Citizen and Loses It

Jerry Weissman | Posted 10.16.2011 | Politics
Jerry Weissman

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney appeared at the Iowa State Fair this week and ran into a buzz saw. He was heckled by a group affiliated ...

The Best Pork Chop in the World

Graham James | Posted 10.16.2011 | New York
Graham James

I've had a lot of pork chops in my time. I can now say that the best pork chop I've ever had, hands-down, bar none, was at the 2011 Iowa State Fair... and it was on a stick.

10 Things We Shouldn't Be Frying

Posted 10.14.2011 | Comedy

If Michele and Marcus Bachmann's hilarious corn dog photos reminded us of anything, it's that you can make all kinds of bad choices at the state fair....

Get Ready for a GOP Roller-Coaster Ride

Matthew Dowd | Posted 10.12.2011 | Politics
Matthew Dowd

Walking amid the good folk and food booths and rides at the Iowa State Fair, it's hard to get a sense people are fixated on politics in the aftermath of the Republican debate and before the important straw vote in Ames.

Frank Bruni Reacts To The Iowa State Fair

Posted 10.11.2011 | Home

Frank Bruni, the former restaurant critic for the New York Times has temporarily abandoned the culinary delights of New York City to seek out somethin...

Sam Stein

Mitt Romney Heckled | Sam Stein | Posted 10.11.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Speaking to an occasionally rowdy crowd two days before the Ames Straw poll, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney made what see...

Norma Lyon, 'Butter Cow Lady,' Dies At 81

AP | By MARGERY A. BECK | Posted 08.28.2011 | Arts

-- Norma "Duffy" Lyon, whose life-size butter sculptures of cows, Elvis and even Jesus and his disciples delighted Iowa state fairgoers for nearly ha...

Iowa Votes On Michael Jackson Butter Sculpture

The Des Moines Register | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Michael Jackson dairy debate continues: The Iowa State Fair today announced that it will let the public vote on whether the recently deceased King...