Always Plenty New To See And Do At Iowa State Fair

Iowa Farm Scene

This year's edition of the Iowa State Fair runs Aug. 8 to 18 at state fairgrounds in Des Moines.

Published on: August 8, 2013

All park visitors can take a guess at how many balls are loaded in the cab of a Ford F-150 for a chance to win $500. Farm Bureau Park visitors also have the opportunity to win a Big Green Egg smoker grill and sign the fair's largest Thank You card to Iowa's farmers, courtesy of Farm Bureau Financial Services. Park guests will have the chance to sign up daily to win a free smart phone from Farm Bureau's newest benefit partner, Ready Mobile.

Young fairgoers will find free entertainment at Farm Bureau Park, which offers a variety of kid's activities and prizes

Visitors are encouraged to learn more about Farm Bureau benefit partners and special member discounts on services and products including Morton Buildings, Case IH tractors, hay equipment and utility vehicles, Ford and Lincoln vehicles and Wellmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield health insurance available through Farm Bureau agents.  The newest partner, Ready Mobile, will be on site to answer questions and will provide a free phone charging station for fairgoers with a low cell phone battery.

Young fairgoers will also find free entertainment at Farm Bureau Park as the Iowa Farm Bureau Young Farmer Advisory Committee members offer a variety of free kids' activities and prizes from 8:00 a.m.to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 10.

The IFBF is again promoting the importance of healthy lifestyles by featuring a number of free blood pressure, cancer, hearing, balance, and other health screenings on select fair days. Other special activities at Farm Bureau Park on select fair days include:

Saturday, Aug. 10— Governor's Charity Steer Show in Livestock Pavilion, charity Auction immediately following.

Tuesday, Aug. 13—Farm Bureau Day at the Fair

* 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Farm Bureau's Cookout Contest on the Grand Concourse, judging at 10:00 a.m.  * 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Free farm consultation services provided by Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers

* 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Morton Buildings Tent, If you pay health insurance premiums or out-of-pocket healthcare costs, learn about tax savings plans provided by BASE Third-Party Benefit Administration

* 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Sign up to win a Case IH pedal tractor provided by Case IH

* 9:00 a.m., Century and Heritage Farm Awards on the Century/Heritage Farm Stage

Thursday, Aug. 15—9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Free business consultation services provided by Renew Rural Iowa, VentureNet Iowa and CIRAS (ISU Center for Industrial Research and Service). Farm Bureau Park is next to Varied Industries Building, off the Grand Concourse. For complete listing of Farm Bureau activities at the fair, visit the Farm Bureau website.