Iowa State Fair Schedule Thursday: Largest Zumba, Twins, Triplets & More
The 2012 Iowa State Fair kicks off today. Check out what events are happening.
The 2012 Iowa State Fair kicks off today and it's safe to say Nothing Compares.
Here's a quick rundown of today's events, both free and paid. For a full list of events visit the Iowa State Fair website.
6 to 9 a.m. Free gate admission with coupon from the Des Moines Register
5 p.m. Half-price gate admission after 5 p.m.
8 a.m. Opening ceremonies and Iowa largest Zumba in the Grand Concourse
4H and FFA Events
8 a.m. 4H Poultry Show in the Pigeon/Rabbit/Poulty Building
8 a.m. FFA & 4H Youth Dairy Cattle Show in the Pioneer Livestock Pavillon
8 a.m. 4H Horse Show in the Richard O. Jacobson Exhibition Center
8 a.m. FFA Sheep Show: Market in the Sheep Barn
8 a.m. Swine Show: Breeding in the Swine Barn
Fun Events at the Fair
9 a.m. Twins, Triplets & More Contest at the Anne & Bill Riley Stage. Registration bgins at 8:15 a.m.
10 a.m. Turkey Hunting and Calling at the DNR Building Courtyard
Noon Bill Riley Talent Search at the Anne & Bill Riley Stage
1 p.m. Youth Rooster Crowing Contest in the Farm Bureau Pioneer Hall
1 p.m. Big Boar Contest in the Swine Barn
5 p.m. Iowa State Fair Queen Introductions at the Susan Knapp Amphitheater
Free Music Entertainment
7 p.m. and 9 p.m. The Nadas at the Anderson Erickson Dairy Stage
8 p.m. JJ Grey & Mofro on the Anne & Bill Riley Stage
9:30 p.m. Bob Wootton at the Budweiser Stage
8 p.m. TobyMac with special guests Tenth Avenue North & Jamie Grace, followed by fireworks at the Grandstand. Tickets are $32
Where to Park
- North, Sims and Northeast Lot Parking: $10
- Motorcycle Parking: $10
- Bicycle Parking (inside Gate 10): $2
- Buses and Drivers: FREE
Paid parking will also be available in a new lot just east of East 36th Street on East University Avenue.
Park & Ride
Show your advance admission ticket at one of DART’s three State Fair Park & Rides and ride for $1 for adults and 50-cents for children ages 6 to 10, seniors and people with disabilities. Children ages 5 and younger ride for free.
Regular roundtrip prices are $2 for adults, and $1 for children, seniors and people with disabilities.
Locations for park & ride:
- Center Street Park & Ride (Seventh and Center streets, enter on Seventh Street)
- Southeast Polk School (Northeast 80th Street and Highway 163)
- State Capitol (East 12th and Grand Avenue)
Service to and from park & ride locations run from 8:30 a.m. to midnight during the fair. Service will be extended for late-ending Grandstand shows.