DES MOINES (AP) — A 450-acre section of Des Moines is about to become the busiest spot in Iowa.
The Iowa State Fair opens today at its longtime east Des Moines location for an 11-day run that is expected to draw more than 1 million visitors.
Fairgoers will find nearly 200 food stands, five stages for free entertainment and thousands of animals.
As always, the Butter Cow will be on hand, and there will be plenty of food that people would consider eating only at the fair. Items this year include a shrimp corndog and bacon-wrapped riblet on a stick.
There is an extra charge to see entertainers at the Grandstand. This year's Grandstand lineup includes country music performers Alan Jackson, Gary Allanwill, pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen and rock band Train.
Fair buildings open at 9 a.m. each day, and the midway starts up at 10 a.m. Admission is free for children 5 and younger; $5 for ages 6 to 11; and $11 for others.
Parking is available for a fee at the fairgrounds. Fairgoers also can take a bus after parking for free at three locations in Des Moines.
The Des Moines bus service costs $2 for adults and $1 for senior citizens and children age 6 and up; younger kids ride for free. People with an advance fair admission ticket get half-off the fare. The buses run from 8:30 a.m. to midnight daily. Call the bus service at 515-283-8100 for details.
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