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  Iowa State Fair 2017 Daily Schedule
        August 10 - 20, 2017

  August 12, 2017 - Saturday

Across From Grandfather's Barn
9:00 AM - Grape Getaway Kids Activities

Administration Building
10:00 AM - National Anthem

Andringa Family Foundation Little Hands on the Farm
9:00 AM - Andringa Family Foundation Little Hands on the Farm

Anne and Bill Riley Stage
9:00 AM - Miss Kitty’s Country Dancers
10:00 AM - Rising Stars Show Choir
11:00 AM - Leonard’s Dance Studio
12:00 PM - Bill Riley Talent Search
2:30 PM - Iowan of the Day Presentation
4:30 PM - Greater Des Moines Community Band
6:45 PM - Governor’s Scholarship Awards
7:00 PM - Iowa State Fair Queen Coronation



Avenue of Breeds, Swine Barn
ALL DAY - Avenue of Breeds
2:00 PM - Animal “I Spy” activity

Bob and Deb Pulver Outdoor Arena
9:00 AM - Beef Cattle Show: Feeder Calf
10:00 AM - Beef Cattle Show: Maine-Anjou

Boulevard of Dairy Breeds, John & Emily Putney Family Cattle Barn
ALL DAY - Cattle Corner
9:00 AM, 1:00 PM, and 4:00 PM - I Milked a Cow

Bruce L. Rastetter 4-H Exhibits Bldg.
9:00 AM - Educational Presentations and Working Exhibits
9:00 AM - Hands-on Activities Corner
12:00 PM - Share the Fun
1:30 PM - Educational Presentations and Working Exhibits
3:30 PM - Scholarship Recognition and Program
5:00 PM - Share the Fun

Bud Light Stage
9:00 AM - Dance 2 Xtreme
10:00 AM - Aaron Earl Short
11:30 AM - Dance-a-Cross
1:30 PM - Joan Greufe and the Vinyl Frontier
2:30 PM - DSM Metro Mix Group
3:30 PM - Mr. Legs Contest
8:00 PM - Bang Tango



Country School
8:00 AM - Art Activities
9:00 AM - School Activities
9:30 AM - Gene Fracek: Storyteller
1:00 PM - Art Activities for Parent and Child
1:30 PM - Stories and Plays

DNR Building Courtyard
10:00 AM - Fishing Technology: Using IDNR’s Website and Tracking Fish
11:00 AM - Fish Cleaning and Cooking
2:00 PM - Fly Fishing Opportunities In Iowa with the Hawkeye Fly Fishing Association and Urban Fishing Program
3:00 PM - Fishing Technology: Using IDNR’s Website and Tracking Fish

East of First Church
10:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 3:30 PM, and 5:30 PM - Chainsaw Carvers A.J. Lutter and Gary Keenan

Elwell Family Food Center, Judging Room I
10:00 AM - Creative with Ramen Noodles
11:00 AM - Bud Elwell’s Old Fashion Fudge
12:00 PM - Our Iowa Church Cookbook Favorites
1:30 PM - Kids’ Graham Cracker Creations
2:30 PM - King Arthur Flour Yeast Rolls

Elwell Family Food Center, Judging Room II
10:00 AM - My Healthy School Sack Lunch
11:00 AM - My Grandparent’s Favorite Food
12:00 PM - Versa Towne’s Fresh Peach Pie
1:00 PM - Use Your Noodle
2:00 PM - Locally Grown - Iowa Fresh
3:00 PM - Taste of Honey Challenge
4:00 PM - Seminar: Hottest Baking Trends in 2017

Elwell Family Food Center, Judging Room III
10:00 AM - Country or Crazy Coffee Cakes
11:00 AM - Delicious and Gluten Free Dessert
1:00 PM - Grandpa Lazzara’s Pizza
2:00 PM - The Cinnamon Roll Contest
3:30 PM - Dutch Oven Cooking

Elwell Family Food Center, Judging Room IV
10:00 AM - Seminar: Dutch Oven Cooking
11:00 AM - Seminar: How to Get Started with Food Entries, Fair by the Numbers
1:00 PM - Chocolate Chip Cookies
2:00 PM - Best Fruit Cobbler, Bettie or Buckle
3:30 PM - Seminar: Healthy Sack Lunch

Expo Hill
ALL DAY - The Art of Compassion Exhibit
9:30 AM - Fitness on the Hill
12:00 PM, 3:00 PM, and 6:00 PM - Super Tall Paul

Fairgrounds
9:00 AM - Ag-Venture Discovery Trail
11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, and 3:30 PM - iFlip



Farm Bureau Pioneer Hall
ALL DAY - Gas Engine Display
10:00 AM - Fiddlers Contest
11:00 AM - Guitar Contest
12:00 PM - Ackley’s Little German Band
1:00 PM - Mandolin Contest
4:30 PM - Reunion of the Carlisle Cutoff Band

First Church
2:45 AM - 50th Anniversary Celebration
11:30 AM and 6:30 PM - Old-Fashioned Hymn Sing

Grand Concourse
ALL DAY - Delta Dental Day
ALL DAY - Des Moines Register Booth
2:30 PM - STAR 102.5 presents State Fair Scramble

Grandfathers' Barn
11:00 AM, 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM, and 6:00 PM - Grape Stomp
11:00 AM - Iowa State Fair and Best of Show Wine Sampling
1:00 PM - Winemaker / Winery of the Day, Mason Groben, Jasper Winery
2:00 PM - Art Fair Demonstration: Drawing Children, John Jannenga
4:00 PM - Art Fair Demonstration: Water Color, Jeremy Jannenga
4:00 PM - Hop Basics, presented by Shane Larson, HuLu Hops
7:00 PM - Bob and Kristie Black and Banjoy

Grandstand
8:00 PM - I Love the 90’s Featuring: Vanilla Ice, Salt-N-Pepa, Color Me Badd, Tone Loc, Coolio, Young MC


  Iowa State Fair 2017 Daily Schedule:


  • Aug. 10 - Thursday     • Aug. 11 - Friday

  • Aug. 12 - Saturday     • Aug. 13 - Sunday

  • Aug. 14 - Monday     • Aug. 15 - Tuesday

  • Aug. 16 - Wed.     • Aug. 18 - Friday

  • Aug. 19 - Saturday     • Aug. 20 - Sunday



Horse Barn
ALL DAY - Horse Haven

Horseshoe Courts
9:30 AM - Horseshoe Pitching: Doubles Iowa State Fair Championship
3:00 PM - Horseshoe Pitching: Open Singles

Hy-Vee Fun Forest Stage
11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, and 3:00 PM - Steve Trash
11:30 AM, 1:30 PM, and 3:30 PM - Art Works: New Visions Dance
12:00 PM, 2:00 PM, and 4:00 PM - Vodvill Klown

John & Emily Putney Family Cattle Barn
ALL DAY - Boulevard of Dairy Breeds

John Deere Agriculture Building
ALL DAY - FarmHer: Shining A Light On Women In Agriculture
ALL DAY - Gingerbread Building
8:00 AM - Master Gardeners
9:00 AM - 4-H Horticulture Show
10:00 AM - Best Tasting Tomato Contest
10:00 AM - Rose Show
11:00 AM - Honey and Bee Keeping
12:30 PM - Meet the Iron Sculpture Artist, Steve Huffman
3:00 PM - New and Under Used Shrubs
4:30 PM - 4-H Horticulture Awards
11:00 PM - Flower Show

Kids' Zone
ALL DAY - Hedrick’s Petting Zoo

Maytag Family Theaters
1:00 PM - Food Evolution

MidAmerican Energy Stage
9:00 AM - Superstars Performing Arts
10:00 AM - FEAT Acrobatics
11:00 AM - Mystic Motion Cloggers
12:00 PM - Mixxed Fit
1:00 PM - Step Into Swing
3:00 PM - 34th Army Band, Iowa National Guard "Scrap Metal" Music Performance Team
8:00 PM - Think Floyd USA

MidAmerican Energy Visitors Center
11:00 AM - FIRST Tech Challenge robotics demonstrations
12:00 PM - Louie Sighting: Snap a photo with Louie the Lightning Bug

Milking Parlor, John & Emily Putney Family Cattle Barn
11:00 AM, 3:00 PM, and 7:00 PM - Milking Demonstration

Oman Family Youth Inn
12:00 PM - Backgammon Tournament

Oman Family Youth Inn Stage
1:30 PM - The Rhyming Princess Musical
7:00 PM - The Rhyming Princess Musical

Outside of John Deere Agriculture Building
ALL DAY - Big Pumpkin Display
6:00 PM - Ice Carving Demonstration

Patty and Jim Cownie Cultural Center
ALL DAY - Candle Make and Take, Mom’s Candleworks
ALL DAY - Face Painting, or Henna Tattoo Art
ALL DAY - Watercolor and Oil Painting, or Wood Turning Demonstrations
9:00 AM - China Painting, or Create Your Own Perfume
9:00 AM - Fingernail Art Design
9:00 AM - Name Bracelet Make & Take
9:00 AM - Personalized Magnet Make & Take
9:00 AM - Tole and Decorative Painting
10:00 AM - Barbed Wire Art, or Coin Jewelry
10:00 AM - Glass Beads, or Paint the Fair, or Tie-Dye
10:00 AM - Wheel Thrown and Hand Sculpted Pottery
11:00 AM - Airbrush Painting, or Pottery, or Simple Origami Box Folding
12:00 PM - Acrylic Painting or Glass Beads
1:00 PM - Coin Jewelry or Sculpture
1:30 PM - Barbed Wire Art
2:00 PM - Airbrush Painting, or Glass Beads, or Paint the Fair, or Pottery
2:00 PM - Simple Origami Box Folding, or Tie-Dye, or Wood Craft
3:00 PM - Crocheted Wire Jewelry
4:00 PM - Coin Jewelry or Glass Beads
5:00 PM - Airbrush Painting
6:00 PM - Glass Beads, or Paint the Fair, or Pottery
7:00 PM - Coin Jewelry
8:00 PM - Glass Beads


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Patty and Jim Cownie Cultural Center Atrium
ALL DAY - Art Access Display
ALL DAY - Iowa State Fair Panorama

Patty and Jim Cownie Cultural Center Courtyard
1:00 PM - Art Attack

Paul R. Knapp Animal Learning Center, Christensen Farms Stage
10:00 AM - Butter Sculpting Contest
11:00 AM - The Thank A Farmer Magic Show
12:00 PM - Butter Sculpting Contest
1:00 PM - The Thank A Farmer Magic Show
2:00 PM - Ag Craft Hour
3:00 PM - The Thank A Farmer Magic Show
4:00 PM - Minute to Win It: Farm Edition
5:00 PM - Milk Chug-A-Lug
6:00 PM - Butter Sculpting Contest

Pigeon / Poultry / Rabbit Building
8:00 AM - Poultry Show
9:00 AM - Egg Rolling Contest
10:30 AM - Junior Egg Rolling Contest
1:00 PM - Chicken Washing and Blow-Drying Demonstration
2:00 PM - Egg Quality Judging
3:00 PM - Chicken Washing and Blow-Drying Demonstration

Pioneer Livestock Pavilion
7:30 AM - 4-H and FFA Dairy Cattle Show
2:45 PM - Dairy Cattle- Supreme Champion Selection
3:30 PM - FFA Parade of Champions
4:00 PM - Governor’s Charity Steer Show
6:30 PM - Horse Pulling

Richard O. Jacobson Exhibition Center
8:00 AM and 6:00 PM - Horse Show: Quarter Horse, Western

Richard O. Jacobson Exhibition Center Conference Room
9:00 AM and 1:00 PM - Vet Camp

Rock Island Avenue - All Day - Iowa Craft Beer Tent
ALL DAY - Iowa Craft Beer Tent
ALL DAY - Spirit of Iowa Bell

Ruan Plaza - All Day - Sandscapes sand sculpting

Sheep Barn
ALL DAY - Sheep Stop
8:00 AM - Sheep Show: Cheviot
11:30 AM - Sheep Shearing Contest

Strolling
11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, and 3:00 PM - Bandaloni One Man Band
12:30 PM, 2:30 PM, and 6:30 PM - Robocars

Susan Knapp Amphitheater
9:00 AM - Becky Nalevanko’s Dance and Tumbling Studio
10:30 AM - KDSM presents the ARL with “Pets are Family Too”
12:30 PM - Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Regional Contest
1:30 PM - CR Spirits Professional Dance Team & Studio
3:00 PM - Joshua Sinclair
8:00 PM - Reverie Lane

Swine Barn - ALL DAY - Pig Place

Thrill Ville - ALL DAY - Farmyard Fury - The Ride

Train Exhibit Building, East of Walnut Center
ALL DAY - CIRC Model Railroad

William C. Knapp Varied Industries Building - South Hallway - Room A
9:00 AM - State Fair Sew-In

William C. Knapp Varied Industries Building - Second Floor
9:00 AM - Long arm quilting Demonstration
9:00 AM - Toothbrush rug Demonstrations
10:00 AM - Quilting with Patrick Lose
10:00 AM, and 2:00 PM - Tatting
10:00 AM - Weaving Demonstration
12:00 PM - Tool Time Demonstration
2:00 PM, and 3:00 PM - Machine Quilting

William C. Knapp Varied Industries Building - South Atrium
ALL DAY - Balloon Masters


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