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Opening day excitement coming to the Iowa State Fair

On Opening Day of the Iowa State Fair, Aug. 7, fairgoers can enjoy an early-bird special offer and have the chance to win cash prizes and concert packages, all before noon. “Nothing Compares” to this year’s Fair, set for Aug. 7-17.

Fairgoers can enjoy $5 off adult and $2 off child admission on Aug. 7, from 5 a.m. to noon, with a coupon from the Aug. 3 Des Moines Sunday Register. One coupon per person is required at the gate.

Visitors (ages 21 and older) can collect a coupon while supplies last good for one free play in the All or Nothing™ lotto game courtesy of the Iowa Lottery, the Fair’s Opening Day sponsor. Coupons will be available at gates 4, 8, 11 and 15. The Iowa Lottery is also offering fairgoers the chance to win one of 10 cash prizes and two prize packages to see Grammy Award-winning country trio Lady Antebellum in the Grandstand on Aug. 16. The contests will be open from 5 to 9 a.m. on Expo Hill. Van and Bonnie from WHO NewsRadio 1040 will also be broadcasting live from Expo Hill and will help the lottery announce the winners.

Opening ceremonies will begin at 9 a.m. on Expo Hill to kick off the 11 days of the fair. The Red Trouser Show will begin at noon on Expo Hill and will entertain fairgoers of all ages with feats of strength and acrobatics. Other opening day activities include free performances by The Willis Clan, Winger, Vocal Trash, Los Lonely Boys and Kristian Bush, plus The Newsboys with special guest Matthew West on the Grandstand. Fairgoers can also enjoy the Twins, Triplets and More Contest, the Big Ram, Big Boar and Super Bull contests, plus all the delectable foods and the non-stop fun that awaits first-day attendees.

“Nothing Compares” to the 2014 Iowa State Fair, Aug. 7-17. The fairgrounds are located at East 30th and East University Avenue, just 10 minutes east of downtown Des Moines. Discounted gate admission tickets are on sale now through our convenient print-at-home ticket option at iowastatefair.org. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit iowastatefair.org.

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